The first lady and Ciara will hold a talk to encourage children ages 5 to 11 to get a Covid-19 vaccine, part of Biden’s ongoing work to promote childhood vaccinations. The conversation, a White House official told CNN, will be shared across Ciara’s and White House’s social media platforms. Ciara, the first official noted, has an audience of 58 million followers on social media.
“We continue to meet people where they are today. And today we also welcome singer and philanthropist Ciara to the White House, where she will participate in a roundtable discussion on vaccination with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden,” US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy told reporters during the Covid-19 response team briefing.
The Grammy-winning performer, who is married to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, was spotted with her three children — son Win, 1, daughter Sienna, 4, and son Future, 7 — posing for a photo outside the West Wing.
Later, the group was seen on a balcony with the first lady watching President Joe Biden’s South Lawn helicopter take off for a trip to Detroit. The President ran to greet them before boarding the Marine One.
They will join Biden and pediatrician Dr. Hina Talib will speak “about the importance of vaccinations for children aged 5-11,” said another White House official.
Ciara, the official added, “will ask questions of her friends, family and community about the vaccine’s efficacy and importance for children.”
Child vaccine rates in the US have accelerated since the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, earlier this month endorsed a recommendation to vaccinate children aged 5-11 against Covid-19 with Pfizer’s two-dose regimen.
And progress has been made: According to White House estimates, about 10% of children ages 5 to 11, or 2.6 million children, will have received their first Covid-19 vaccination by the end of Wednesday, according to the Covid -19 response from White House Coordinator Jeff Zichs.
The first lady is in the midst of a nationwide childhood vaccination campaign and is making multiple trips and appearances, including a visit to a national children’s medical clinic later Wednesday, to encourage parents and guardians to have their children vaccinated.