It wasn’t that long ago that people were clamoring for COVID-19 vaccines, with some going as far as lying about their age to secure the much-in-demand but not readily available shots – back when they were meted out by age, oldest first. Now the country is in a whole other, opposite dilemma with plenty of vaccines to go around, but not enough willing people waving their arms to get them. The concern is so great that governments, including Maryland’s, and businesses are trying to entice people with incentives such as food, cash and lottery winnings.

The country has hit a slowdown in demand for shots because of vaccine hesitancy and distrust, so much so that President Joe Biden might not make his goal of at least 70 percent of eligible people getting at least one dose by July 4. On average, the country is administering fewer than 1 million shots per day, a decline of more than two-thirds from the peak of 3.4 million per day in April, according to an analysis by The Washington Post. At that rate, 4.2 million adults per week must get a first shot to reach the president’s mark.

A version of this editorial first appeared in the Baltimore Sun.