Biden's vaccine path gets tougher as pace of shots slows by 37%

The administration’s new phase includes three pillars. One is making vaccines easier to find.

The government has created a text-message tool and websites to find appointments, and has ordered pharmacies to make more walk-in appointments available.

The administration also will begin shipping more vaccine to rural health clinics and mobile sites, in part to focus on the roughly 10% of Americans who live more than 5 miles from a vaccine site.

Biden is also working with businesses to set up incentives for people to get a shot. For example, his team on Wednesday touted discounts offered at Albertsons Cos. Inc. Safeway stores, CVS Health Corp. stores and Target Corp. for people who get vaccinated.

Secondly, Biden’s team is trying to persuade reticent Americans to get shots, urging them to talk to their doctors, pharmacists, faith leaders or vaccinated neighbors.