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Jill Biden calls on unvaccinated in Hawaii to get COVID-19 shots

First Lady of The United States spends time in Hawaii

First lady Jill Biden receives a lei from Gov. David Ige after arriving at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Saturday. Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP

The Associated Press

First lady Jill Biden visited a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Waipahu, Oahu, on Sunday to encourage unvaccinated Hawaii residents to get their shots as the delta variant surges through much of the U.S.

Biden in remarks at the clinic at Waipahu High School said the virus has become “more contagious than ever” and urged the unvaccinated to “help us move past this virus once and for all.”

“I’m here to ask everyone listening right now to choose to get vaccinated,” Biden said.

Nearly 60 percent of the state’s population is fully vaccinated. State officials are scrambling to get more Hawaii residents vaccinated as the infection rate climbs. Hawaii’s seven-day daily average for new cases climbed 192 percent from July 10 to Friday, according to the state health department.

Ige, his wife, Dawn Amano-Ige, and first lady Biden tour a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at a high school in Waipahu, Oahu, on Sunday. AP photo/Caleb Jones

Later Sunday, Biden was scheduled to join military families for a barbeque at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu.

She was visiting Hawaii on her way back to Washington from leading a U.S. delegation to the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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