Popular celebrity Olivia Rodrigo has been approached by the Biden administration to help encourage the younger generation to get vaccinated. During her visit to the White House on Wednesday, the singer and actress gave the superstar a much needed boost in the U.S. government’s attempt to reach out to the younger demographic.
During her White House press briefing, Rodrigo expressed how impressed she was with the work President Biden and Dr Anthony Fauci had done in their vaccine rollout program and that she was more than happy to support their initiative. “I am more than honored and humbled to be here today to help spread the message about the importance of immunizing young people,” said the Disney star.
According to an administration official, Rodrigo is about to launch videos featuring Biden and Fauci where they talk about the importance of getting vaccinated against Covid-19. The video will also answer common questions that many beneficiaries in the younger age group may have about the vaccines available to them.
The videos will be broadcast on the singer’s social networks as well as on the White House social media pages, ABC News reported.
With more than 28 million followers, White House officials are hoping the singer will reach the crucial youth demographic to get their jabs. Rodrigo recalls teaming up with another Biden in the 2020 presidential election, as she and Maisy Biden touched the youth base about the importance of their votes.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki applauded the 18-year-old pop star for offering her support, but did not respond to any questions to expand on or comment further on the details of the video. “As for the release date of a video product, I’ll have to check that out and see what the editing process looks like,” she said.
With the increase in cases of the Delta variant, the country’s young people are at high risk of being infected with the more transmissible Covid-19 strain, as their numbers are still below the government’s vaccination target.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 have achieved the highest rate of COVID-19 cases, as the Delta variant dominates across the country. Only 41.2% of this age group were fully immunized, with only 24.9% of children ages 12 to 15 received their full doses.