IRS sends out over 150M stimulus checks from the Covid relief bill as US soars past 150M vaccine goal

 THE IRS has sent out over 150million stimulus checks around the same time the US soared past its 150million vaccines goal.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, officials administered about 1.3million shots per day this week, and are on track to reach 250million shots by the end of the month.

By April 19th, Biden advised states to open vaccines to all adults.

However, some Americans aren't on board with getting vaccinated.

A recent NPR study found that one in four Americans would reject a vaccine if offered to them, and another five percent said they are unsure if they would take the shot.

The study found the numbers were highest for folks living in rural communities and Republican men.

Experts worry this resistance will keep Americans from 'herd immunity', where the virus is unlikely to spread through the community and phases out.

"Vaccine hesitancy is a big problem for all of us," Ali Modad, who tracks coronavirus trends at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, told NPR.

Modad also believes there could come a time when the number of vaccines exceeds the number of people who will take one.

This week, the US also sent out more than 150million stimulus checks to Americans who qualified.

Individuals who earn up to $75,000, couples who earn $150,000 and heads of household who earn up to $112,500 should receive payments.

Social Security beneficiaries should also receive their third stimulus checks today after weeks of waiting.

Starting last Friday, the government agency began processing payments to federal beneficiaries who didn't file a 2020 or 2019 tax return and didn't use the IRS' non-filers tool last year.

The payments will go to Social Security retirement, survivor or disability, Supplementary Security Income and Railroad Retirement Board beneficiaries.

"Our teams immediately began processing data we received last week for federal benefit recipients. We know how important these payments are, and we are doing everything we can to make these payments as fast as possible to these important individuals," said the IRS.

 

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