AceShowbiz - Olivia Rodrigo is set to be visiting the White House on Wednesday, July 13. The "Driver License" hitmaker is said to be doing some pro-vaccination outreach with President Joe Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Hinting at her visit, Olivia responded to President Biden's Instagram post featuring a picture of his younger self. "I know this young person would've gotten vaccinated, but we've got to get other young people protected as well. Who's willing to help?" so he wrote in the caption. To that, Olivia replied, "i'm in! see you tomorrow at the white house!"
According to Forbes, the singer's visit is hoped to boost the percentage of Americans, especially between 19-29, who will get the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Considering her popularity, the "Deja Vu" singer is believed to be able to increase COVID-19 vaccination outreach to the crucial demographic of young people.
A White House official, meanwhile, revealed that the 18-year-old star will "record videos about the importance of young people getting vaccinated." The videos will be featured on Olivia's social media channels, which have garnered 28 millions followers, as well as the White House's social pages.
As of this week, data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sees that 33.5% of Americans age 12 to 15 have received at least one dose of vaccine, with 24.9% fully vaccinated. Meanwhile, forty-five and a half percent of Americans between the age of 16 to 17 have received at least one dose, with 37.1% fully vaccinated. And 50.5% of Americans between the age of 18 to 24 have had at least one dose, with 41.6% fully vaccinated.
After looking at the data, the White House has acknowledged that they have to work harder to increase the number among these younger groups. "Where the country has more work to do is particularly with 18- to 26-year-olds. The reality is: Many younger Americans have felt like COVID-19 is not something that impacts them and they've been less eager to get the shot," White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said last month.
"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," he continued.