White House Covid-19 Vaccination Coordinator Resigns

Choucair’s departure was long planned as he returns to California, where he previously served as senior vice president and chief health officer for Kaiser Permanente.

“Dr Choucair returns to the West Coast after a longer than originally planned stay to help lead our country’s Covid-19 response. Bechara has been instrumental in our vaccination efforts and we thank him for his tireless work to to help state and local health officials across the country vaccinate their communities,” Jeff Zients, White House response coordinator for Covid-19, said in a statement to CNN.

As of Wednesday about 452.7 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the US, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with about 196 million people fully vaccinated and 36.6 million Americans receiving a booster dose.

According to CDC data, about 59% of Americans are fully vaccinated, with 69.5% receiving at least one dose.

The departure comes as the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for federal government employees came into effect this week. White House health officials announced Monday that 95% of the federal workforce is in compliance, with more than 90% of federal employees receiving at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, with the “vast majority” of that being the case. figure after receiving two injections, citing the statistics as proof that mandates increase vaccination rates.

In a LinkedIn after announcing his final day, Choucair outlined some of his team’s achievements.

“I am incredibly proud of the work our team has been able to accomplish. More than 450 million injections have been administered, including 82% of all adults and 99% of seniors with at least one injection of the vaccine. -11 years. Boosters are now available to all adults. The vaccination requirements will apply to more than 100 million people in this country. Most importantly, we have all done this with a relentless focus on justice,” he said.

Choucair thanked President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris for their support and also thanked those who helped him with outreach suggestions.

“I want to thank everyone who shared personal stories, tweets, memes and Tik Tok videos and gave me ideas, suggestions and strategies to improve vaccination coverage,” he said.

Choucair continued: “I know we are all ready to put this pandemic behind us. We have the tools, the resources, the science and the will. We just have to get the job done. We will.”

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