Pop Star Olivia Rodrigo visited the White House on Wednesday to see President Biden and his top medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci. The purpose of her visit was to create videos that encourage the young generation to get vaccinated at their earliest.
Given that the vaccination rates of youth have continuously been on the decline, Olivia Rodrigo’s speech comes as a defining point in time. “I am beyond honored and humbled to be here today to help spread the message about the importance of youth vaccination,” said Rodrigo from the briefing at the White House.
Considerably “in awe” of President Biden and Dr. Fauci’s work, Rodrigo felt elated in helping spread the message. She further added how it is incredibly important to have meaningful conversations with friends and family about getting vaccinated. Getting a shot isn’t as hard, considering the increasing number of vaccination sites each day, remarked Rodrigo.
With more than 28 million followers across her social mediums, Olivia Rodrigo has become a media sensation. She has gained immense popularity for her songs, including top hits like “Drivers License” and “good 4 u.” The videos will be posted on her accounts and the White House’s social platforms.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said singer Olivia Rodrigo had voluntarily offered to visit the White House. A short clip posted after her White House briefing encompassed the importance of getting vaccinated, regardless of age.
Psaki expressed her sincere gratitude for the singer to take time out and help the White House in disseminating the message. According to Psaki, not every 18-year-old would be willing to take time out of their schedule and thus, she appreciates Rodrigo for doing so.
Rodrigo’s visit comes amid the raging increase in coronavirus cases, especially due to the prevalence of the deadly Delta variant. The delta variant accounts for half the cases in the nation and is spreading rapidly in areas with very low vaccination rates.
The teen star’s visit to the White House had been announced on Instagram. Biden’s account put up a picture of the President’s younger days, which was matched by a caption to get vaccinated. Singer Olivia Rodrigo had taken to the post and left a comment of her saying, “see you tomorrow at the White House.”
At present, vaccination rates are far behind the level of the target. According to the CDC, 67.7% of US adults have taken at least one shot.