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STORY BY RACHEL ROUBEIN

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Published on March 13, 2021 12:27 AM

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President Joe Biden's new goal of expanding vaccine eligibility to all adults by May 1 could quickly slam into states' complex appointment systems, lingering supply questions and challenges ensuring shots make it quickly to vulnerable populations.

In Oklahoma, state officials say they're still rushing to add sites for administering the vaccines. In West Virginia, officials worry that extending vaccine sign-ups to everyone threatens to leave behind those at highest risk from the virus. In Oregon, state officials are weighing whether they'll need federal help to scale up their new online appointment system in time.

Renewed concerns from state officials a day after Biden's prime time address, where he set the target for busting open vaccine eligibility, reinforce that it may still be months before all Americans eager to get their shots can actually roll up their sleeves. And despite optimism from Biden about the ever-accelerating pace of vaccinations, logistical on-the-ground challenges — including some well out of his administration's control — could still trip up his goal for Americans to regain a sense of normalcy by this summer.