Fighting COVID this winter

President Joe Biden will kick off a new COVID vaccination campaign to protect more Americans from the virus this winter, especially as a new variant emerges.


National News

December 2, 2021 - 9:31 AM

People check-in for their COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up clinic offering vaccines and booster shots in Rosemead, California on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to kick off a more urgent campaign for Americans to get COVID-19 booster shots Thursday as he unveils his winter plans for combating the coronavirus and its omicron variant with enhanced availability of shots and vaccines but without major new restrictions.

The plan includes a requirement for private insurers to cover the cost of at-home COVID-19 tests and a tightening of testing requirements for people entering the U.S. regardless of their vaccination status. But as some other nations close their borders or reimpose lockdowns, officials said Biden was not moving to impose additional restrictions beyond his recommendation that Americans wear masks indoors in public settings.

Biden said Wednesday that the forthcoming strategy, to be unveiled during a speech at the National Institutes of Health, would fight the virus “not with shutdowns or lockdowns but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing, and more.”

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