TEXAS (KXAN) — First lady Jill Biden urged more Texans to get their COVID-19 vaccine during her first stop touring vaccination sites Tuesday in the Lone Star State.
Biden visited Emmett J. Conrad High School in north Dallas Tuesday afternoon and spoke to people getting their shots. She said she wanted to come to Texas because only 40% of residents are fully vaccinated, a number that she said should be higher.
“Your life and your health matter to me and to your president,” Biden said. “I’m here to ask all of you…to please make the choice to get vaccinated. Getting vaccinated is safe. It’s effective, and it’s free.”
During her visit in Dallas, Emmitt Smith, the former Dallas Cowboy and Hall of Famer, joined her to encourage others to get vaccinated.
Two hours after that, Biden will meet second gentleman Douglas Emhoff in Houston, where they plan to go to Minute Maid Park at 6:45 p.m. They’ll join representatives from the Houston Astros for a vaccination clinic there.
After their Texas trip, the pair will go to Phoenix on Wednesday to tour a vaccination site at a middle school, and then head back to Washington after the tour.