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U.S. Officials Urge States to Widen Covid Vaccine Access (1)

Jan. 12, 2021, 6:55 PM

Rigid adherence to federal vaccination guidelines has put some states behind in getting shots administered to the public, Operation Warp Speed officials said Tuesday as they sought to counter criticism for the faltering Covid immunization campaign.

Federal officials are pushing states to expand the shots’ availability to anyone 65 and older, regardless of underlying conditions that might put them at greater risk of severe disease, and anyone 65 or younger with such a condition. The officials said states also should widen vaccine distribution sites to include pharmacies, clinics and other providers.

“It’s simply much easier to manage allocating vaccines and...

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