Singer Olivia Rodrigo speaks at White House, encourages young people to get vaccinated


Teen pop star Olivia Rodrigo speaks at the beginning of the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. The singer is at the White House to film a vaccination video. Photo: AP

Olivia Rodrigo is encouraging young Americans to get happy and healthy.

The pop sensation stopped by the White House to promote youth vaccinations on Wednesday (July 14). "I am beyond honoured and humbled to be here today to help spread the message about the importance of youth vaccination," Olivia said in a press conference. "I'm in awe of the work President Biden and Dr. Fauci have done and was happy to help lend my support to this important initiative."

The 18-year-old continued: "It's important to have conversations with friends and family members, encouraging all communities to get vaccinated and actually get to a vaccination site, which you can do more easily than ever before given how many sites we have and how easy it is to find them at"

Olivia was scheduled to meet with President Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci after delivering her remarks at the press conference.

The Drivers License singer will continue to promote vaccinations by "record[ing] videos about the importance of young people getting vaccinated, including answering important questions young people have about getting vaccinated," according to a White House official. The videos will be posted to both Olivia's and the White House's social media channels.

On Tuesday, President Biden posted an Instagram photo of his younger self with the caption" "I know this young person would've gotten vaccinated, but we've got to get other young people protected as well. Who's willing to help?"

Olivia commented: "i'm in! see you tomorrow at the white house!"

Olivia released her debut album Sour in May, but her songs are still dominating the charts, with Good 4 U at No. 2 and Deja Vu at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her song Driver's License topped the Hot 100 for eight weeks. – Reuters

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