President Olivia Rodrigo Wants You to Get Vaccinated

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The Cut 13 July, 2021 - 01:31pm 22 views

Per the CDC, vaccination rates have slowed across all age groups since April. However, this is especially the case among young people. The CDC estimates that 78 percent of all U.S. adults will be at least partially vaccinated by August. However, it predicts the same will be true for just 57 percent of adults aged 18 to 29 years, the lowest predicted vaccinated rate across all age groups.

On Tuesday, Rodrigo replied to a recent Instagram post by the president in which he asked who would be willing to help to get young people vaccinated. Was it an excuse to post a Young Biden thirst trap? Probably, but Rodrigo responded, “I’m in!” To which @POTUS replied, “You bet!”

This isn’t the White House’s first effort to increase vaccination rates among young folks. In May, Biden and Fauci held a YouTube Town Hall with a handful of YouTubers, answering questions about vaccines. Fauci has also participated in TikTok Q&As. Now, they’re hoping the youth will be encouraged to Olivia Rodri-go get vaccinated.

Listen, if it ups the vaccination rate, I’m all for my feeds being flooded with posts like “It would be BRUTAL if you weren’t vaccinated” or “Don’t be SOUR about getting the vaccine.” Plus, Olivia Rodrigo is admittedly more inspiring than a pound of crawfish or a gift card to L.L. Bean.

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Olivia Rodrigo to meet with Biden, Fauci to promote vaccines

Yahoo News 13 July, 2021 - 02:14pm

According to a White House official, the 18-year-old former Disney Channel star will meet with President Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci to film videos stressing why it's important for young people to be vaccinated, incorporating a question-and-answer format.

Rodrigo, known for her meteoric rise on the teen pop scene with music detailing heartbreak and empowerment, boasts an expansive following, particularly with members of Gen Z. The videos will be featured on her social platforms, which are followed by over 28 million people, as well as the various White House social media channels.

Health officials have increasingly focused on vaccine-hesitant younger Americans, who do not face as much danger from severe symptoms of COVID-19 as older people but are critical to the goal of achieving herd immunity. This is especially true in the face of the highly contagious Delta variant, which is devastating less vaccinated communities in the U.S.

Recent NBCLX/Morning Consult polling found that adults between 18 and 34 are the “most likely generation to say they will either not get vaccinated (23%) or don’t yet know (21%), with Gen Z adults (18-23) particularly disinterested.”

As key pockets of Americans continue to decline available vaccination, the Biden administration will have increasing difficulty hitting herd immunity benchmarks, further delaying its goal of getting the country back to a pre-pandemic normal.

The White House has amassed an all-hands-on-deck strategy to reverse course. The administration previously partnered with popular YouTubers from both the outdoor and makeup communities to get out the word about vaccines to Gen Z. It also partnered with the dating app Bumble to add a feature that allows users to identify their vaccination status.

“I think it’s an obligation, an obligation to make sure that even if it’s an even small percentage possibility that you could be a carrier and spread the disease, that you have an obligation,” Biden told one YouTube creator during his series of interviews in the spring, adding that Gen Z is “the most generous, the most informed, the most caring generation coming up.”

While she sarcastically sings "good for you, you look happy and healthy" in her hit song, Olivia Rodrigo really does want the country happy and healthy, partnering with the White House to encourage young people to get their COVID-19 vaccine. The 18-year-old "good 4 u" and "drivers license" pop star will visit the White House on Wednesday to meet with President Joe Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci and record videos about the importance of young people getting vaccinated, including answering questions young people have, according to a White House official. The videos will be featured on Rodrigo's channels to reach her more than 28 million followers, as well as the White House social pages as part of the administration's effort to get more young people educated and vaccinated.

The 18-year-old pop singer will record videos from the White House to encourage young people to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

President teases that ‘we’ve got to get other young people protected as well. Who’s willing to help?’

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Pop star Olivia Rodrigo to visit White House to record vaccine videos with Biden, Fauci

ABC News 13 July, 2021 - 12:25pm

Biden put out a call to young people for help on Instagram Tuesday morning.

While she sarcastically sings "good for you, you look happy and healthy" in her hit song, Olivia Rodrigo really does want the country happy and healthy, partnering with the White House to encourage young people to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

The 18-year-old "good 4 u" and "drivers license" pop star will visit the White House on Wednesday to meet with President Joe Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci and record videos about the importance of young people getting vaccinated, including answering questions young people have, according to a White House official.

The videos will be featured on Rodrigo's channels to reach her more than 28 million followers, as well as the White House social pages as part of the administration's effort to get more young people educated and vaccinated.

"i'm in! see you tomorrow at the white house!" Rodrigo replied.

The Biden administration has sought to double down on their efforts to get more people vaccinated -- particularly after the country missed the president's goal of getting 70% of adults at least one dose of the vaccine by July 4.

Young people between the ages of 18 to 24 already have the highest rates of COVID-19 cases, CDC data shows, while increasingly transmissible variants are becoming more dominant in the U.S.

According to the CDC, only 41.2% of the age group is fully vaccinated.

The White House is also putting a special focus on young people 12-18 in their efforts, increasing the number of vaccines provided to pediatricians and other providers who serve younger people, and working with schools, camps and social media influencers to get younger Americans to roll up their sleeves for the vaccine-- especially ahead of the upcoming school year.

"It seems to me it should cause everybody to think twice. And it should cause reconsideration, especially to young people who may have thought that they didn't have to be vaccinated, didn’t have to worry about it, and didn't have to do anything about it up to now," Biden warned earlier this month outlining his administration’s efforts to encourage vaccinations for young people.

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Olivia Rodrigo will meet Biden and Fauci as part of vaccine campaign

Daily Mail 13 July, 2021 - 12:00pm

By Emily Goodin, Senior U.S. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com

Pop star Olivia Rodrigo, 18, will be at the White House on Wednesday as the administration brings in some star power to help get COVID vaccine shots in the arms of younger Americans. 

The actress, singer and songwriter will meet President Joe Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the president's chief medical officer who has become a popular public figure during the pandemic. 

During her visit Rodrigo will 'record videos about the importance of young people getting vaccinated, including answering important questions young people have about getting vaccinated,' a White House official said. 

The White House has ramped up its efforts to shots in the arms of 18- to 29-year-olds, the age group that has the lowest vaccination rate.  

Rodrigo, a Disney star with a popular singing career among young people, is part of that effort. 

The videos she records at the White House will be posted on her own social media channels - where she has more than 28 million followers - and on the White House accounts. 

'The Good for You' singer announced her visit to the White House by commenting on one of Biden's Instagram posts on Tuesday morning.

Pop star Olivia Rodrigo, 18, will be at the White House on Wednesday as the administration brings in some star power to help get COVID vaccine shots in the arms of younger Americans

Olivia Rodrigo announced her visit to the White House by commenting on one of Biden's Instagram posts on Tuesday morning

The White House posted a pic of a young Joe Biden on the POTUS Instagram account with the caption: '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?'

Rodrigo responded: 'I'm in! see you tomorrow at the white house!'

Rodrigo was active for Biden during the 2020 presidential campaign. In October of last year, she interviewed Maisy Biden, Biden's granddaughter, on her YouTube channel.

The White House has offered multiple incentives for young people to get vaccinated, including free beer, cash prizes, and free lifts on ride sharing apps. 

Fauci has also participated in several Tik Tok QAs with young influencers to try and dispel any myths or concerns about the vaccines.

Many young people are don't see the urgency in getting vaccinated due to the low risk of their getting a severe case of COVID, the conflicting information about vaccines on social media, and a general sense of feeling invincible, public health experts say.

The White House missed its goal of having 70% of adult Americans partially vaccinated by July 4th because of the reluctance among younger Americans to get vaccinated.  

The latest White House push comes as COVID cases are on the rise across parts of the United States. 

A total of 43 states and the District of Columbia are seeing their numbers of COVID-19 infections increase, according to data from John Hopkins University 

The U.S. is now recording an average of 23,000 COVID-19 cases per day, which is the highest figure seen since late May

The majority of states are seeing a spike in COVID-19 infections as variants of the virus continue to spread, driving up case numbers in areas with low vaccination rates.

A total of 43 states and the District of Columbia have documented an increase in average daily cases over the past two weeks, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.

Of those states, at least 15, most of them in the South, have seen their numbers of infections at least double across a 14-day period.

The U.S. is now recording an average of 23,000 COVID-19 cases per day, which is the highest figure seen since late May, the analysis found. 

Health experts warn that the worrying increase in cases is linked to the Delta variant, which accounts for as many 97 percent of infections in some states. 

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Olivia Rodrigo is helping President Biden and Dr. Fauci convince young adults to give COVID-19 vaccines a shot

MarketWatch 13 July, 2021 - 11:19am

The singer-songwriter is heading to the White House on Wednesday to meet with President Joe Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci to record videos about the importance of young people getting vaccinated, including answering important questions young people have about getting vaccinated, a White House official said. 

What’s more, Biden shared a picture of his younger self on Instagram on Tuesday with the caption, “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?”

And Rodrigo responded, “I’m in! See you tomorrow at the White House!” 

For the readers who may be scratching their heads and asking, “Who?” — Rodrigo, 18, is one of the youngest artists to ever top the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her 2021 hit single “Driver’s License.” The multi-platinum recording artist with more than 28 million social media followers also plays the lead role in the Disney+ “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.” 

So she could be influential in getting young adults to roll up their sleeves for a COVID shot. Indeed, younger Americans have lagged behind other age groups in getting vaccinated against COVID-19, and they’re a big reason why the country missed the Biden administration’s goal of getting 70% of American adults at least one dose of one of the shots by the Fourth of July. 

While younger adults are at less risk of developing severe COVID, they can all spread the virus — especially if they are asymptomatic and don’t realize that they are infected. The CDC recently reported that 18- to 39-year-olds were reluctant to get vaccinated over fears about side effects, or they said that they were waiting to see if the vaccine in safe. Others didn’t believe getting vaccinated was necessary. 

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Pop star Olivia Rodrigo to meet with Biden, Fauci as part of White House Covid vaccine push

CNBC 13 July, 2021 - 10:59am

Pop star Olivia Rodrigo is heading to the White House on Wednesday to lend her voice to the Biden administration's Covid vaccination campaign.

The Disney actor-turned-singer-songwriter will meet with President Joe Biden and his chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci at the White House, an official there confirmed to NBC News on Tuesday.

Rodrigo will cut videos highlighting the need for young people to get vaccinated and answering their questions about the shots. The videos will be shared with Rodrigo's more than 28 million social media followers, as well as on White House accounts, the official told NBC.

The collaboration with Rodrigo, whose album "Sour" returned to No. 1 on the charts this week — months after lead single "Driver's License" broke Spotify's single-day streaming record — offers the latest look at how Biden's Covid team is trying to connect with different groups of Americans.

The administration's new vaccine push includes working with pediatricians' offices and other child health care providers, with the goal of getting more adolescents ages 12 to 18 inoculated before they head back to school in the fall.

The White House is also leveraging social media and celebrity influencers to get the word out. Biden and Fauci have participated in Youtube events and worked with content creators on the platform to help spread the message on vaccination.

Rodrigo confirmed the trip in a post on Instagram.

"I'm in! See you tomorrow at the White House!" Rodrigo replied to a post on Biden's official account, which put out a call for help in getting young people vaccinated.

The latest step in the vaccination campaign comes after Fauci said that more than 99% of people who die from Covid are unvaccinated.

"Only 0.5% of those who die are vaccinated," said Fauci, the longtime head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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President Biden Confirmed Pop Star Olivia Rodrigo Is Going To The White House In An Instagram Comment

BuzzFeed News 13 July, 2021 - 10:50am

By Tanya Chen

Posted on July 13, 2021, at 11:50 a.m. ET

The meeting was announced via Instagram comments between the teen and @POTUS — casual!

A White House official confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the event is set for Wednesday, and added that she will also be meeting with Anthony Fauci, chief of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The three of them will be "answering important questions young people have about getting vaccinated," they said.

Rodrigo responded, "I'm in! See you tomorrow at the White House!" to which the @POTUS account then said, "you bet!"

The White House has been strategizing ways to inform and engage Gen Z'ers about COVID safety and getting vaccinated. Rodrigo is arguably one of the most prominent and influential figures of her age group right now.

"The Biden–Harris Administration is making a continued push to get more young people vaccinated, including working with schools, pediatricians, summer camps, and leveraging social media and celebrity influencers," the White House spokesperson said.

After the news broke on Instagram, it then inspired very good reactions on social media.

Only half the country is vaccinated? God, it's brutal out here. https://t.co/N1P5OFCltT

olivia rodrigo vaccinated people 🤝 well, good for you, you look happy and healthy https://t.co/90qS6Wcy8s

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