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US Jill Biden touts vaccine in poorly inoculated Mississippi

02:05  23 june  2021
02:05  23 june  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Jill Biden , the incoming first lady, received a dose of the vaccine earlier in the day. Vice President-elect Sen. Biden 's vaccination , administered by Tabe Masa, the head of employee health services at ChristianaCare Hospital, comes as officials race to inoculate Americans around the country in the hopes of getting the rapidly spreading virus under control. Covid-19, which has killed more than 300,000 in the U.S., upended the nation in 2020, freezing large parts of the economy and transforming the traditional process by which candidates campaign for the presidency.

Jill Biden visits Mississippi and Tennessee to push COVID vaccines . Both states have a vaccination rate below the 50 per cent mark: 33% are fully vaccinated in Tennessee and 25% are fully vaccinated in Mississippi . 'The vaccines might feel like a miracle, but there's no faith required,' she said. She called them safe, effective and free. She visited a clinic at Jackson State University, a historically Black college, and held the hand of a young boy as he got his shot. 'God bless you Mississippi . Go get vaccinated ,' she said. Her next stop is Nashville to tour a pop-up clinic at a distillery with

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — First lady Jill Biden visited one of the states least vaccinated against COVID-19 on Tuesday, encouraging residents of Mississippi to get their shots and telling them, "The White House, our administration — we care about you.”

First lady Jill Biden, right, and Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center CEO Jasmin Chapman speak to recently vaccinated patients during a visit to a COVID-19 vaccination site at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, June 22, 2021, as part of Biden administration's nationwide tour to reach Americans who haven't been vaccinated and to promote vaccine education. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) © Provided by Associated Press First lady Jill Biden, right, and Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center CEO Jasmin Chapman speak to recently vaccinated patients during a visit to a COVID-19 vaccination site at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, June 22, 2021, as part of Biden administration's nationwide tour to reach Americans who haven't been vaccinated and to promote vaccine education. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

“I’m here today to ask all of the people who can hear my voice, who can see my face, to get their shot," Biden said after visiting a clinic at Jackson State University, one of the largest historically Black universities in the country. She was scheduled to visit another vaccination clinic in Nashville with country singer Brad Paisley later Tuesday.

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First Lady Jill Biden speaks of the importance of being vaccinated during her visit to a COVID-19 vaccination site at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, June 22, 2021, as part of the Biden administration's nationwide tour to reach Americans who haven't been vaccinated and to promote vaccine education. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) © Provided by Associated Press First Lady Jill Biden speaks of the importance of being vaccinated during her visit to a COVID-19 vaccination site at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, June 22, 2021, as part of the Biden administration's nationwide tour to reach Americans who haven't been vaccinated and to promote vaccine education. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi and Tennessee have consistently ranked among the U.S. states with the fewest number of residents vaccinated against COVID-19, along with Alabama. Approximately 30% of Mississippi’s total population is fully vaccinated, according to the state Department of Health.

First lady Jill Biden, right, and Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center CEO Jasmin Chapman speak to recently vaccinated patients during a visit to a COVID-19 vaccination site at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, June 22, 2021, as part of Biden administration's nationwide tour to reach Americans who haven't been vaccinated and to promote vaccine education. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) © Provided by Associated Press First lady Jill Biden, right, and Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center CEO Jasmin Chapman speak to recently vaccinated patients during a visit to a COVID-19 vaccination site at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, June 22, 2021, as part of Biden administration's nationwide tour to reach Americans who haven't been vaccinated and to promote vaccine education. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The first lady said she wanted to visit states like Mississippi and Tennessee because the current vaccination rates are "just not enough."

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President Joe Biden announced a series of measures on Tuesday aimed at ramping up coronavirus vaccine allocation and distribution, including the purchase of 200 million more vaccine doses and increased distribution to states by millions of doses next week.

President Biden on Thursday touted the nation’s coronavirus vaccine campaign and other efforts to combat the pandemic, calling it “a great day for America” hours after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed federal masking guidelines to say that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks indoors or outdoors. Biden urged those who have not yet gotten the shot to do so as soon as possible and to wear a mask until they been fully vaccinated . “It’s going to take a little more time for everyone who wants to get vaccinated to get their shots.

“That’s why the White House said, 'Jill, please, can you go to Mississippi?' Because the president, the White House, our administration, we care about you, we care about the people of Mississippi. We want them to be safe. We want them to be healthy.”

Mississippi's U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, who was present at Tuesday's event in the state capital, said it's important for Biden to be in Mississippi "given the demographics of the population that is most vulnerable.”

Mississippi is among the states in the U.S. with the highest number of chronic health conditions that can make people more vulnerable to COVID-19, such as diabetes and heart disease.

First lady Jill Biden waves to assembled local media as she makes her way past COVID education posters during a visit to vaccination site at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, June 22, 2021, as part of the Biden administration's nationwide tour to reach Americans who haven't been vaccinated and to promote vaccine education. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) © Provided by Associated Press First lady Jill Biden waves to assembled local media as she makes her way past COVID education posters during a visit to vaccination site at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, June 22, 2021, as part of the Biden administration's nationwide tour to reach Americans who haven't been vaccinated and to promote vaccine education. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs has said the biggest issues he sees driving vaccine hesitancy are misinformation and a cultural refusal to prioritize preventative care measures.

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Mississippi will become the second state to open Covid-19 vaccinations to all of its adult residents, following a call from President Biden for all states to do so by May 1. Mr. Biden ’s team has made key decisions that quickened the manufacturing and distribution of vaccines , but now the country faces the challenge of getting all those shots into arms. Mass vaccination sites across the country are opening up or increasing their capacity, in part to respond to the influx of doses from the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine .

President Joe Biden had set a vaccination goal of delivering at least one shot to 70% of adult Americans by July Fourth, a target the White House administration acknowledged Tuesday he will likely fall short of.

As of Tuesday, 54% of Americans had been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Increased participation in states like Mississippi and Tennessee will be essential to boosting the nation’s overall vaccine rate.

Prepped vaccine filled syringes are at ready for use at a COVID-19 vaccination site at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., prior to a visit by First Lady Jill Biden, Tuesday, June 22, 2021, as part of the Biden administration's nationwide tour to reach Americans who haven't been vaccinated and to promote vaccine education. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) © Provided by Associated Press Prepped vaccine filled syringes are at ready for use at a COVID-19 vaccination site at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., prior to a visit by First Lady Jill Biden, Tuesday, June 22, 2021, as part of the Biden administration's nationwide tour to reach Americans who haven't been vaccinated and to promote vaccine education. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Many residents remain hesitant, however.

Angel Devine of Jackson said Tuesday that she has chosen not to get the COVID-19 vaccine so far because she doesn’t like needles, and she’s worried that the shot won’t be effective against variants.

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She said she is now considering it, not because of the first lady's visit, but because she has been urged to by her 18-year-old daughter, who is heading off to the University of Southern Mississippi to study nursing.

First Lady Jill Biden speaks about how vaccinated people have the freedom to again interact without fear of getting sick, during her visit to a COVID-19 vaccination site at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, June 22, 2021, as part of the Biden administration's nationwide tour to reach Americans who haven't been vaccinated and to promote vaccine education. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) © Provided by Associated Press First Lady Jill Biden speaks about how vaccinated people have the freedom to again interact without fear of getting sick, during her visit to a COVID-19 vaccination site at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, June 22, 2021, as part of the Biden administration's nationwide tour to reach Americans who haven't been vaccinated and to promote vaccine education. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

“She wants to get it, and she wants me to get it with her," she said. "I’m still concerned, but it does want me to take it a little more. We’ll have to wait and see.”

First lady Jill Biden waves to assembled local media as she makes her way past COVID education posters during a visit to vaccination site at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, June 22, 2021, as part of the Biden administration's nationwide tour to reach Americans who haven't been vaccinated and to promote vaccine education. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) © Provided by Associated Press First lady Jill Biden waves to assembled local media as she makes her way past COVID education posters during a visit to vaccination site at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, June 22, 2021, as part of the Biden administration's nationwide tour to reach Americans who haven't been vaccinated and to promote vaccine education. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Dobbs has said family pressure is one of the most powerful motivating factors to get people to take the vaccine.

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Glenda McHenry, 78, of Pearl, a city outside Jackson, said she has family members who are still waiting to get the shot, but she got hers months ago. She said she wanted to spend time with her three grandchildren without being concerned about them passing the virus to her, or vice versa.

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“I did have some worries at first — just really not knowing what it was going to do to you,” she said, of the vaccine. “But I just felt it was the thing to do. It was important to be able to spend time with those kids.”

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Leah Willingham is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.

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