Jill Biden visits vaccine clinic at GR Community College

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Urging everyone who has not yet gotten vaccinated against COVID-19 to do so, first lady Jill Biden was at Grand Rapids Community College Thursday.

She was only in West Michigan for about an hour before heading on to another stop — Kansas City, Missouri — to promote vaccines.

While she was here, she tried to drive that message home. With a dozen or so people who had just received their first dose at the GRCC pop-up clinic in attendance, Biden toured the facility and then talked about the importance of getting that shot.

“I hope that everyone makes a plan to get a shot today,” Biden said, “and to tell their friends and their family to get a shot as well. We need to help make our communities safe for everyone.”

With about 60% of all adults in the country having already gotten at least one dose, the population is still short of the 70% mark that health experts have suggested is the preferred benchmark. That at least is part of the reason for the first lady’s renewed push to get vaccinated.

“Go to vaccines.gov or text your zip code to GetVax to find a location near you. Everyone over 12 years old can get it,” Biden said.

She added beyond being protected from the virus, there is another payoff of being vaccinated:

“Finally, when we all do this, we’ll be able to spend this summer the way we should: to spend it together,” Biden said.

The First Lady’s visit wasn’t met with only positivity.

The Republican National Committee spokesperson Preya Samsundar released a statement regarding her visit, saying:

“Thanks to the Biden administration, gas and food prices are on the rise while small businesses struggle to find workers. Instead of focusing on the vaccination effort, Jill Biden would best serve Michiganders by hearing from families, small businesses, and workers who’ve been devastated by the administration’s policies.”

The clinic at GRCC was a one-day pop-up event, but the folks giving the vaccine will be back in three weeks to give those who got their first shot Thursday their second dose.

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