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Singer Olivia Rodrigo arrives at the White House to promote the COVID-19 vaccine, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Washington.
Pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo visited the White House on Wednesday to meet with President Joe Biden and his chief Covid-19 medical adviser, Dr Anthony Fauci, to record videos to encourage young people to get vaccinated against the new coronavirus.
“I am more than honored and honored to be here today to help spread the message about the importance of immunizing young people,” Rodrigo said from the podium in the White House press conference room. . Immunization rates for young people continue to be significantly lower than those of the general American population.
Rodrigo continued, “I am impressed with the work President Biden and Dr. Fauci have done and was happy to help lend my support to this important initiative. It is important to have conversations with friends and family members to encourage all communities to get immunized and to go to an immunization site, which you can do more easily than ever, given the number of sites we have and the ease of finding them on vaccins.gov.
The videos will be posted on the 18-year-old’s social networks as well as on the White House accounts. Rodrigo is the singer of the hits “Drivers License” and “good 4 u” and has more than 28 million followers on his channels.
Rodrigo “will record videos on the importance of young people getting vaccinated, including answering important questions young people have about vaccination,” a White House official told CNN.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Wednesday that Rodrigo had offered to come to the White House.
“We have to reach out to people, meet people where they are and talk to young people – people under the age of 18, many of whom, as we have seen across the country, are huge fans of Olivia. Rodrigo – hearing him say that… vaccinated is a way to stay safe, a way to make sure you can see your friends, a way to make sure you go to concerts, a way to make sure you can living a healthy lifestyle is an important part of what we ‘try to do here,’ Psaki told reporters during a White House briefing.
Psaki added, “I will say that not all 18 year olds are using their time to come and do it, so we appreciate his willingness to do it.”
The visit comes as the White House steps up efforts to get young people vaccinated against Covid-19, particularly as the highly transmissible Delta variant spreads across the country. The Delta variant now includes more than half of the cases in the United States and is spreading in areas with low vaccination rates.
Rodrigo’s visit to the White House was first announced on Instagram. Biden’s account posted a photo of the president’s young president and wrote in the caption, “I know this youngster would have been vaccinated, but we need to protect other young people as well. Who is ready to help? ”
Rodrigo commented: “I’m in it! see you tomorrow at the white house!
Only a quarter of children between the ages of 12 and 15 are fully immunized, which is less than any other eligible group, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This group became eligible to receive the Pfizer / BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine two months ago.
As of Tuesday, 33.5% of Americans aged 12 to 15 received at least one dose of the vaccine, with 24.9% fully vaccinated, according to CDC data. Forty-five and a half percent of Americans aged 16 and 17 have received at least one dose, with 37.1% fully vaccinated. And 50.5% of Americans aged 18 to 24 received at least one dose, with 41.6% fully vaccinated, all of these younger groups far behind the national average of 48.1% fully vaccinated.
Biden recently announced that his administration will step up efforts to vaccinate pediatricians and other providers who care for young people so that adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 can get their exams vaccinated before returning to school and / or start fall sports.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 67.7% of American adults had received at least one injection and 159.7 million adults were fully immunized, according to the CDC.
CNN’s Betsy Klein contributed to this report.
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