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Obama and Fauci visit students as they get COVID-19 vaccines at school

On Tuesday afternoon, former president Barack Obama and Chief White House Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci visited students getting vaccinated at a Washington D.C. elementary school.

A Covid-19 vaccination clinic for students at Kimball Elementary School in Southeast Washington D.C. was underway when the duo arrived. Students were unaware of the visit, not expecting more than stickers, t-shirts, or candy after getting their shots. However, shortly into the event Obama and Fauci showed up to meet students and encourage the vaccine efforts, handing out fist bumps and high fives.

The former president spoke to a group of around 50 students. “We are just getting through the holiday season and we have one more thing to be thankful for, which is that we can get kids vaccinated if they’re between the ages of 5 and 11,” he remarked. “Nobody really loves getting a shot. I don’t love getting a shot. But I do it because it’s going to help keep me healthy.” 

Fauci added, “[The vaccinations] are really going to protect you. We know that from a lot of data, and a lot of experience we have.” He explained, “It’s also going to help keep schools open because the more kids are vaccinated, the less likely that we’re going to have a COVID outbreak in the schools. And that means our kids have a chance to learn together and socialize — you know, do all the things that you’re supposed to be doing when you’re 5 or 6 or 7 or 11.”

Amidst fierce vaccine debates that have ravaged and divided the country, Fauci encouraged those who are hesitant to get it to speak to their doctor. Obama backed him up, saying, “I think it’s really important for everyone to be informed and to talk to an informed health-care professional. Talk to your family doctor. Talk to your pediatrician and get the information you need to make an informed decision.”

The visit was set up by the Department of Health and Human Services. A spokesperson said the visit was intended “to emphasise the importance of children getting vaccinated, spread the word about the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, and mobilise parents to get their children vaccinated”.

ARTICLE: RITA VOGT

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: INDEPENDENT

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