Now that the US has opened COVID-19 vaccines to everyone 16 years and older, companies are doing their part to help get everyone out there to get their vaccine. And today, Amazon announced that you can now ask Alexa to find out where you can get a COVID vaccine.
Simply say, “Alexa, where can I get a COVID vaccine?” and she’ll list a number of nearby places that you can go to get a shot.
Alexa will also help you call places to set up an appointment. Many places do offer online scheduling for appointments, but you can also call them up and make one. A number of States also offer the ability to simply walk in and get a shot, with no appointment necessary.
Every US adult is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine
As mentioned already, every adult in the US (16 years and older) is now eligible for the vaccine, no matter where you live. That was President Joe Biden’s deadline that he set earlier this month. Originally it was set for May 1, but President Biden moved it up two weeks as many States started to see new surges in cases.
The Biden Administration has also said that about 90% of people in the US should have a vaccination site within five miles of their home. Since the vaccines are now available at many pharmacies too. This includes chains like Kroger, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Sam’s Club and even mom and pop drug stores in smaller towns.
As of right now, about 40% of Adults in the US have at least one shot. And since the efficacy of the vaccine after the first shot is about 80%, that’s fairly impressive. And about 26% of the adult population have been fully vaccinated. That’s when the efficacy jumps to over 95%. But right now, the US is working against the clock to get the entire country vaccinated before cases start to surge again, as we are entering the summer and everyone wants to be outside.