Pop superstar Olivia Rodrigo visited the White House Wednesday, meeting President Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci as part of a campaign to tell young Americans that getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is “good 4 u.”
Wearing a pink, white and black tweed blazer and matching mini-skirt, which she paired with a pair of white platform pumps, the 18-year-old singer also spoke to the White House press corps from the podium inside the briefing room.
“Hi,” the Disney darling began. “I am beyond honored and humbled to be here today to help spread the message about the importance of youth vaccinations.”
Saying she was “in awe” of the work being done to encourage wary Americans to get inoculated, Rodrigo added that she was “happy to help lend my support to this important initiative.”
“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 vaccines.gov,” she said before leaving the briefing room.
The platinum-selling artist teased plans for her visit in a comment on the commander-in-chief’s official Instagram Tuesday night, writing that she was “in” and would see him at the White House.
Biden’s photo, a throwback of himself in his 20s, included a caption that read, “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?”
After her comment was posted, the White House confirmed the visit, with a Biden official saying Rodrigo, whose viral breakup hit and debut album “SOUR” have skyrocketed her to the top of the charts this year, would record videos “about the importance of young people getting vaccinated, including answering important questions young people have about getting vaccinated.”
The videos, the official said, will be featured on Rodrigo’s social media channels.
As Rodrigo would put it, Biden has found that “it’s brutal out here” with regard to getting younger Americans vaccinated.
Currently, only 41.6 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 24 are fully vaccinated against the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The number lags behind older age groups, such as the nearly 77 percent of people over the age of 75 who are fully vaccinated, according to the agency.