Teen pop star Olivia Rodrigo on Wednesday visited the White House to boost the Biden administration's plan to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19. Rodrigo said that she was in awe of the efforts that the United States government had been making to get its citizens vaccinated.
The 'Happier' singer, who has over 14 million followers on Instagram, said that getting a COVID-19 jab was easy. She had been roped in an attempt to lure young people to the vaccination centres.
"I'm in awe of the work President Biden and Dr Fauci have done," Rodrigo said alongside Press Secretary Jen Psaki at the start of the daily White House media briefing.
Later on Wednesday, the 18-year-old will hold a meeting with President Joe Biden and his top coronavirus advisor Anthony Fauci. She will also record video urging people to get the vaccine.
The actor and singer said that it was important to have conversations about vaccination with friends and family. "It's important to have conversations with friends and family members, encouraging all communities to get vaccinated," she said.
This can be done "more easily than ever before, given how many sites we have and how easy it is to find them."
Rodrigo "offered to come" to the White House, Psaki said, to deliver a message to fans that "getting vaccinated is a way to keep yourself safe, a way to ensure you can see your friends, a way you can go to concerts."
The vaccination rates across the US have witness a sharp decline in the last few weeks. Young people are among the main groups that have failed to get their vaccine jabs. This come at a time when the Delta variant of the coronavirus has been spreading rapidly across the globe.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48% of the US population has been fully vaccinated and 55.5% have received at least one dose.