Allred ‘grateful’ as Biden, Emhoff visit North Texas to encourage vaccinations


First Lady Jill Biden and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff visited North Texas June 29 to encourage the state to get vaccinated. 

“The most patriotic thing you can do ahead of this July 4 is to get vaccinated and I’m so grateful to @FLOTUS for visiting North Texas to encourage folks to get their shot. Everyone should do their part and get vaccinated — it’s free and it’s safe,” said U.S. Rep. Colin Allred (D-Dallas) in a Twitter post

First Lady Biden visited Conrad High School in Dallas to encourage people to get the COVID-19 shot. 

“.@flotus Jill Biden is here to tour the COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Conrad High School! We are working with @parkland to get as many students 12+ vaccinated as possible,” Dallas ISD posted on Twitter. 

To help with the effort, three-time Super Bowl champion with the Cowboys Emmitt Smith joined the First Lady at Conrad High School, as noted by his Twitter account

“Enjoyed my time with First Lady Jill Biden today,” Smith posted on Twitter

It’s part of the “We Can Do This” National Vaccination Tour, which includes visits across the country by Vice President Kamala Harris, the first lady and the second gentleman, as detailed on the White House website.  

Biden and Emhoff also visited Minute Maid Park to encourage people to get vaccinated. 

It was part of the Vaccinate at the Plate initiative, the Houston Astros posted on Twitter. 

The visit was part of an effort to reach 70% of people vaccinated throughout the United States by July 4, as stated on the White House website

Slightly over 40% of Texans are vaccinated, Our World In Data reported

The effort for a last push to get the country vaccinated was titled the “National Month of Action” by the White House on its website

The focus was on vaccine equity and making sure that everyone had a chance to get the COVID-19 vaccine. 

These steps include free daycare for those going to get their shots, extended hours at pharmacies and phone banks to call people to get them moving, according to the White House website

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