USA to expand coronavirus vaccination eligibility

The new plan would also change guidelines to allow vaccinations immediately for anyone older than 65 and would help states set up mass vaccination sites should they request assistance.

The guidelines are meant to widen the pool of people who can receive the vaccine. As of Tuesday, about 27.7 million doses had been distributed, and more than 9.3 million people had received their first shots. "We've had so much success with quality and predictable manufacturing and nearly flawless distribution of the vaccine, but we have seen now that the administration in the states has been too narrowly focused", he said on "Good Morning America". In a letter Monday to Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield wrote that the recommendations "should not be interpreted as regulation", adding that the guidance "is meant to be flexible and adaptable".

As part of efforts to expand access to Covid vaccines, the federal government will allow makers to release all their available doses instead of reserving booster shots, the U.S. health secretary said Tuesday.

Azar said the government will stop holding back the required second doses and deliver them to state authorities.

Public health officials are reminding people that the vaccines require two doses, either three weeks apart for the Pfizer version and four weeks apart for the Moderna version.

"We understand that everyone is anxious, but everyone who wants the vaccine will be given the opportunity to get vaccinated".