In her White House visit on Wednesday, teen pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo has met with President Joe Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci to create materials urging people of young age to be protected from COVID-19 through vaccines.
“I am beyond honored and humbled to be here today to help spread the message about the importance of youth vaccination,” the pop star said as he stood at the White House press briefing room podium. There was a notable delay on the vaccination rates among the general American population.
“I’m in awe of the work President Biden and Dr. Fauci have done and was happy to help lend my support to this important initiative. It’s important to have conversations with friends and family members encouraging all communities to get vaccinated, and actually get to a vaccination site, which you can do more easily than ever before, given how many sites we have and how easy it is to find them at vaccines.gov,” Rodrigo continued.
She recorded videos that will be shown in her social media channels and the accounts of the White House.
The 18-year-old, who performed the hit songs “Drivers License” and “good 4 u” accumulated 28 million followers across her pages.
A White House official revealed to CNN that Rodrigo will “record videos about the importance of young people getting vaccinated, including answering important questions young people have about getting vaccinated.”
“Hey, I’m Olivia Rodrigo and today I’m at the White House meeting with President Biden and Dr. Fauci because it’s so important that we all get vaccinated,” the teen star said in one of her videos. “It doesn’t matter if you’re young and healthy, getting the vaccine is about protecting yourself, your friends and your family. Let’s get vaccinated!”
Also on Wednesday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that it was Rodrigo’s initiative to personally visit the White House.
“We need to reach people, meet people where they are and speaking to young people — people who are under the age of 18, many of whom as we’ve seen across the country are huge Olivia Rodrigo fans — hearing from her that … getting vaccinated is a way to keep yourself safe, a way to ensure you can see your friends, a way you can ensure you can go to concerts, a way you can ensure that you can live a healthy life is an important part of what we’re trying to do here,” she said during a press briefing. “I will say, not every 18-year-old uses their time to come do this so we appreciate her willingness to.”
The White House boosts its efforts to have the young people covered in the vaccination as the country is suffering from the spread of a more contagious Delta variant, which now made up more than half of the cases across the nation.