First Girl Jill Biden arrives in Houston on Tuesday

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June 24, 2021Updated June 24, 2021 10:27 PM

First Lady Jill Biden speaks during her visit to a COVID-19 vaccination site at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., On Tuesday, June 22, 2021, as part of the Biden administration’s statewide tour to reach Americans who have not been vaccinated and promote vaccination awareness.Rogelio V. Solis / AP

First Lady Jill Biden returns to Houston to showcase the government’s response to COVID-19 and encourage more people in the area to get vaccinated against the disease.

Biden is expected to make a stop in Dallas, then Houston on Tuesday. Exact places and times have not been published.

More than half of all Texans have received at least one dose of the vaccine and nearly 12 million are fully vaccinated. More than 41 percent of Harris County’s residents were fully vaccinated.

It is the first lady’s second visit to Houston since Joe Biden took office. In February, she and the president stopped at the Houston Food Bank and Harris County Emergency Operations Center and ended their trip at the mass vaccination site at NRG Stadium to discuss the pandemic.

During her stay in Houston on Tuesday, Biden will be accompanied by Doug Emhoff, husband of Kamala Harris.

These visits come as Harris plans to be in El Paso on Friday to discuss immigration issues. Former President Donald Trump is said to be in the Rio Grande Valley with Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday to discuss the border wall his administration was unable to complete.

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Jeremy Wallace has been reporting on politics and campaigns for over 20 years. Prior to joining the Hearst Texas newspapers in 2017, he covered government and politics for the Tampa Bay Times, the Miami Herald, and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He previously reported on Congress for the Boston Globe and the Detroit Free-Press. Originally from San Antonio, he attended the University of North Texas and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri. You can follow him on Twitter, @JeremySWallace, or email Jeremy.wallace@chron.com.

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