As the holidays come to an end, Georgians return to the workplace, and kids return to school, the Biden-Harris administration is enacting comprehensive measures to ensure states and health systems across the country have the personnel, beds, and supplies they need as they face rising Omicron hospitalizations, mostly among the unvaccinated. By increasing access to free testing and getting more shots in arms, these steps will mitigate the impact of Omicron on our health care system, keep Georgians safe, and keep our schools and economy open.
President Biden’s New Actions to Protect Americans and Help Communities and Hospitals Battle Omicron include:
Increased Support for Hospitals
The President will take several steps to ensure states and health systems across the country have the personnel, beds, and supplies they need as they battle rising Omicron hospitalizations, mostly among the unvaccinated. These steps build on the President’s Winter Plan, which made over 60 Winter COVID-19 emergency response team deployments available to states, and the COVID-19 Surge Response Teams the Administration mobilized over the summer and fall to fight the Delta surge.
Deploying Additional Medical Personnel
Expanding Hospital Capacity
Providing Critical Supplies
Robust Access to Free Testing
The President announced new actions to ensure Americans have access to free testing, including convenient, at-home tests. Since January 2021, the Administration has already taken significant actions to increase testing. As a result, there are now 20,000 free testing sites across the U.S., four times as many at-home tests available to Americans than were available this summer, and at-home tests being made available at key community sites, such as community health centers and rural clinics. These steps build on this progress and further increase the availability of free and convenient testing options.
Expanding Capacity to Get Shots in Arms:
President Biden announced additional steps to ensure people can get vaccinated and boosted and get their kids vaccinated easily this winter. Over the fall, the Administration has added 10,000 more vaccination sites across the country where Americans can get their shots. There are now 90,000 convenient locations nationwide, with many sites offering walk-in appointments and vaccinations for the whole family.
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