First Woman Jill Biden visits Minute Maid Park to advertise US vaccination efforts – Houston Public Media
First Lady Jill Biden and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff talk about the importance of vaccinating at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Minute Maid Park on 29 and promoting vaccination awareness.
First lady Jill Biden and second gentleman Doug Emhoff stopped in Houston Tuesday evening to attend a vaccination event at Minute Maid Park, as part of a nationwide tour to encourage more people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The event offered free vaccinations as well as tickets to several sporting events, including the Houston Astros game, which was played right after the vaccination event ended.
Biden stopped in Dallas earlier in the day to visit a vaccination site at Emmett J. Conrad High School before flying to Houston, where Emhoff was with her.
When the couple got to Minute Maid’s, they toured the website and spoke to Houstonians who waited in line for the Pfizer shot.
After a tour of the grounds, Biden and Emhoff were briefly escorted by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, and US Congressmen Sheila Jackson Lee and Silvia Garcia. The group then spoke to Houstonians who had just received the shot.
When asked why they came to Houston, Biden said the number of Texans vaccinated was too few.
“We care about the American people, about their health, that’s why I’m here – that’s why Doug is here,” said Biden.
Emhoff added that they planned to travel the country to campaign for the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We’re going where the numbers need to get better,” he said. “Go on and get vaccinated.”
A young man is given a dose of Pfizer vaccine at a Houston Astros vaccination event on June 29, 2021.
The two stayed to watch the Astros battle the Baltimore Orioles before boarding an overnight flight to Phoenix, where they will resume the vaccination tour on Wednesday.
This was Biden’s second visit to Houston as First Lady after she and President Joe Biden visited the Houston Food Bank and the FEMA-operated vaccination center at NRG Park after the winter storm in February.
In May, President Biden said his administration would partially vaccinate 70% of Americans by July 4th, but that goal will likely not be achieved in time for Independence Day. To date, about 54% of Americans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In Texas, about 57% of residents received at least one dose, according to the state.
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