Multi-platinum singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo, who is best known for her debut single Driver’s License, continues to use her voice to speak up about topics that go beyond heartbreaks and young love but more importantly on pertinent issues such as the importance of vaccines. Last July 14, Rodrigo visited the White House press briefing room to specifically speak to her fans in order to encourage the younger demographics to get their vaccine doses. This was in light of the slower pace as of late in rolling out vaccinations especially towards teenagers and younger people. Later that day, she met with President Joe Biden and White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony S. Fauci.
Thanks for stopping by, Olivia, and for using your voice to urge young people to get vaccinated. If we all do our part and get the COVID-19 vaccine, we can defeat this virus once and for all. Let’s do this. pic.twitter.com/ovn12CUjLu
— President Biden (@POTUS) July 15, 2021
Press secretary Jen Psaki, who showed her appreciation of Rodrigo using her platform to elevate the importance of youth vaccination, welcomed her.
In the speech, the artist said:
It’s important to have conversations with friends and family members, encouraging all communities to get vaccinated and actually get into a vaccination site, which you can do more easily than ever before, given how many sites we have.
Rodrigo continued to voice out her support for youth vaccination in the videos she recorded during her meeting with President Biden and Dr. Fauci.
Olivia Rodrigo is at the White House today to meet with President Biden and Dr. Fauci and discuss the importance of young Americans getting vaccinated. pic.twitter.com/s95KtOkrsF
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 14, 2021
Why Was There A Need for Rodrigo to Speak Up On Vaccines?
As of July 2, the United States has around 66.8% of the population vaccinated, with 172.5 million people over the age of 18 having received one dose of the vaccine. The pace however for vaccinations in the United States has been sluggish as of late with young people among the main groups who have failed to get their jabs. Rodrigo, therefore, used her influence and platform with over 28 million social media followers in an attempt to lure younger people to vaccination centres.
Rodrigo was said to have “offered to come” to the White House, to deliver a message to her fans even going to the lengths of stating that “getting vaccinated is a way to keep yourself safe, a way to ensure you can see your friends and a way for you to eventually go to concerts.”
The Philippines, on the other hand, has only fully vaccinated less than 3 million people based on DOH’s July 4 bulletin.
It is undeniable that COVID-19 has changed the world as we know it, this past year and a half. It goes beyond the restrictions that have altered our lifestyles and the way we used to live in the pre-pandemic world. The virus has claimed lives and has separated people from their loved ones.
Aside from keeping healthy and practicing safety protocols, people now have the chance to get protection by getting vaccinated. It is still best for us to study our options, get informed, and do our part to help ourselves individually and as a collective. Doing these will help us continue to fight this ongoing battle against Covid-19.
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