WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Olivia Rodrigo is partnering with the Biden administration to promote vaccination.
- According to a recent poll, Gen Z is particularly disinterested in getting vaccines.
- The Biden administration is having a difficult time hitting its benchmark for herd immunity.
Olivia Rodrigo is meeting President Biden Wednesday to promote vaccinations to the younger American population.
A White House official revealed that the 18-year-old teen pop sensation will meet with the president and Dr. Anthony Fauci to film videos in a question-and-answer format that aims to educate young people about the importance of getting vaccines.
The promotional videos will be posted on the former Disney Channel star’s platforms that have over 28 million followers, as well as the various social media channels of the White House.
Health officials are focusing on younger Americans who are mostly hesitant to get vaccines. While they are not as high-risk for severe symptoms of COVID-19 as older people, they are crucial to achieving herd immunity, especially in the face of the Delta variant that is ravaging U.S communities with lower vaccination rates.
According to a recent NBCLX/Morning Consult survey, 23% of adults between 18 and 34 are the “most likely generation to say they will either not get vaccinated”, while 21% are unsure about it. Meanwhile, those between 18 to 23 years old are particularly disinterested.
Because of the increasing number of Americans refusing to get vaccinated, it will be challenging for the Biden administration to hit the herd immunity benchmarks. This can result in a delay in the country’s goal of getting back to a pre-pandemic normal.
The White House is doing all its can to meet the goal. It has previously partnered with famous YouTubers to reach out to Gen Z, and with Bumble, a dating app that allows users to classify whether or not they’re vaccinated.
In spring, Biden told one YouTube creator, “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.” The President added that Gen Z is “the most generous, the most informed, the most caring generation coming up.”
Source: Yahoo News