President Joe Biden highlighted the importance of getting vaccinated against Covid-19 and kicked off a community canvassing event during a speech in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Thursday afternoon, as his administration has continued its push to get American vaccinated against the virus.
President Joe Biden stressed the importance of being vaccinated for Covid-19. He launched a community canvassing campaign during a speech in Raleigh on Thursday afternoon. His administration continues its push to get Americans vaccinated.}
“The data could not be more clear. You are safe if you have been vaccinated. If you haven’t been vaccinated, you are still at high risk of becoming seriously ill. It’s just a fact,” Biden stated to the audience.
Public health officials and the Biden Administration are particularly concerned about the possibility that people who have not been vaccinated will spread more of the virus.
Biden stated that the Delta version of Covid-19 was dangerous and “now the most prevalent variant in America”.
He continued, “And unvaccinated persons are incredibly vulnerable,” underscoring the fact that the Delta variant of the virus is “more easily transmissible,” “potentially more deadly and especially dangerous for young people.”
We have a solution. Science is clear. To protect yourself from the virus and all its variants, it is best to get fully vaccinated. It works. It’s completely free. It’s secure. It’s simple. It’s easy,” Biden said.
The President visited a mobile vaccination unit in Raleigh and met with frontline workers as well as grassroots volunteers involved in getting people vaccinated.
On Thursday, Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff joined Jill Biden in encouraging more Americans to get immunized.
These events are part of a larger, government-wide effort to get more Americans vaccinated. This comes as the nation nears Biden’s July 4th goal date, when 70% of Americans have had at least one Covid-19 shot, and 160 million Americans are fully vaccinated. But this week, the White House has acknowledged that it will fall short of the President’s goal.|The White House acknowledged this week that it will not meet the President’s goal.
White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients told reporters earlier this week that the country is on track to hit its July Fourth goals in the coming weeks. He said on Tuesday that Biden’s Independence Day goal was “aspirational,” and touted the progress the administration has made in the last several months.
Zients also said the administration is now focused on getting younger Americans, particularly 18- to 26-year-olds, vaccinated against the virus.
“The reality is many younger Americans felt like Covid-19 is not something that impacts them and they’ve been less eager to get the shot. However, with the Delta variant now spreading across the country and infecting younger people worldwide, it’s more important than ever that they get vaccinated,” Zients said.