June 20, 2021

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Biden to Tout Free Child Care Through Big Providers For Vaccination Appointments – The New York Times

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Wednesday’s announcement comes on the heels of other White House efforts intended to encourage vaccination, including last month’s pledge by Lyft and Uber to offer free rides. An Uber spokesman said Wednesday that 60,000 people have taken advantage of the offer since it began offering the service last Monday.

White House officials, previewing the president’s remarks on condition of anonymity, said in an interview that they were aware that the deeper they got into the vaccination campaign, the harder it would be to get people vaccinated. The president’s goal, they said, is to make vaccination easy, free and convenient — and even a little bit fun. (That may be where the celebrities come in, but they would not offer details.)

Demand for the vaccine is dropping; the Federal Emergency Management Agency reports that 351 federally supported vaccination sites have closed as of May 21, leaving a total of 1,619 nationwide. As of Tuesday, providers are administering about 1.23 million doses per day on average, about a 64 percent decrease from the peak of 3.38 million reported on April 13, according to C.D.C. data.

Lack of child care remains a major barrier to vaccination, experts say. The C.D.C. recently reported that vaccination coverage among adults was lower among those living in counties with lower socioeconomic status and with higher percentages of households with children, single parents, and people with disabilities.

In previewing the president’s announcement, White House officials said two of the four providers — KinderCare and Learning Care Group, which together have more than 2,500 sites around the country — will offer free, drop-in appointments to any parent or caregiver who needs support to get vaccinated or recover from vaccination.

The Y.M.C.A., with more than 500 sites nationwide, will offer drop-in care during vaccination appointments, the officials said. And Bright Horizons, which partners with more than 1,100 employers to provide child care, will also offer free care to support the vaccination of more than 10 million workers employed by the companies they serve.

“There is no question that both transportation and child care are real barriers for people,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health. “The question that is unclear for me is whether offering free child care solves that problem” because parents might be unwilling to leave their children with caregivers they don’t know.

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