The Biden Administration purchased an additional 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from both Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc. to help meet the vaccination demand within the United States, according to a recent Pentagon press release.

The new procurement brings the total doses purchased by the U.S. government up to 600 million doses, enough to vaccinate 300 million people.

“As the President directed, we are expanding our supply of COVID vaccines to protect people as quickly as possible,” said Acting HHS Secretary Norris Cochran. “These purchases will allow us to accelerate our vaccination efforts to get shots into the arms of the American people. While we rapidly ramp up the pace of vaccinations, I encourage everyone to take actions now to protect themselves and their families: wear a mask, wash your hands often, and practice physical distancing.”

According to the press release, the vaccine is available at no cost.

Photo By Brad Rhen/Pennsylvania National Guard