“The data couldn’t be clearer. If you’re vaccinated you’re safe. You are still at risk of getting seriously ill or dying if you in fact have not been vaccinated. That’s just a fact,” Biden told the audience.
There’s particular concern among public health officials and the Biden administration that unvaccinated individuals will accelerate the spread of more transmissible, new variants of the virus.
During his remarks, Biden warned that the Delta variant of Covid-19 is dangerous and is “now the most common variant in America.”
“And unvaccinated people are incredibly vulnerable,” he continued, underscoring that the Delta variant is “more easily transmittable,” “potentially deadlier and especially dangerous to young people.”
“The good news is we have a solution. The science is clear. The best way to protect yourself against the virus and its variants is to be fully vaccinated. It works. It’s free. It’s safe. It’s easy. It’s convenient,” Biden added.
While in Raleigh, the President also toured a mobile vaccination unit and met with frontline workers and grassroots volunteers who are getting community members vaccinated.
Vice President Kamala Harris, second gentleman Doug Emhoff and first lady Jill Biden also took part in events on Thursday encouraging more Americans to get vaccinated.
Zients also said the administration is now focused on getting younger Americans, particularly 18- to 26-year-olds, vaccinated against the virus.
“The reality is many younger Americans felt like Covid-19 is not something that impacts them and they’ve been less eager to get the shot. However, with the Delta variant now spreading across the country and infecting younger people worldwide, it’s more important than ever that they get vaccinated,” Zients said.
Vaccine coverage among young adults has been lower and increasing more slowly over time than other age groups in the United States, and the intent to be vaccinated is lower among younger adults, according to studies published Monday by the CDC.