Teenage pop music sensation Olivia Rodrigo wants you to get the coronavirus vaccine.
On Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki joked that the “drivers license” singer had been willing to navigate “red lights” and “stop signs” to travel to Washington, D.C., to partner with the Biden administration to encourage young people to talk with their families about preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
Speaking from the White House press room podium on Wednesday, Rodrigo — a singer-songwriter and “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” television star — told members of the press corp that she was “beyond honored and humbled” to be at the White House to talk about youth vaccinations.
- “I am in awe of the work President Biden and Dr. Fauci have done and was happy to lend my support to this important initiative,” Rodrigo said, according to CSPAN video of the press conference.
- “It’s important to have conversations with friends and family members encouraging all communities to get vaccinated and actually get to a vaccination site, which you can do more easily than ever before given how many sites we have and how easy it is to find them at vaccines.gov,” she added.
.@Olivia_Rodrigo statement on importance of youth vaccination: "It's important to have conversations with friends and family members encouraging all communities to get vaccinated." pic.twitter.com/anXxJKnRZP— CSPAN (@cspan) July 14, 2021
- “It doesn’t matter if you’re young and healthy, getting the vaccine is about protecting yourself, your friends and your family.”
Before 18-year-old Rodrigo took the podium from Psaki Wednesday, the press secretary thanked the multi-platinum award-winning singer for using her voice to encourage young people to get vaccinated.
- “Her willingness to use her voice and her platform to speak directly to young people is quite powerful and we’re grateful for her time and effort,” said Psaki, Politico reported.
- Rodrigo has 9.4 million followers on the video sharing app TikTok and 14.4 million on Instagram.
Young people can get vaccinated
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, young people that are at least 12 years old are eligible for the free COVID-19 vaccine.
- About 56% of the total U.S. population who are at least 12 years old have been fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.