Dr. Rachel Levine expertly breaks down the importance of getting vaccinated, saying it’s ‘our way out of the pandemic.’ » Subscribe to NowThis: http://go.nowth.is/News_Subscribe » Sign up for our newsletter KnowThis to get the biggest stories of the day delivered straight to your inbox: https://go.nowth.is/KnowThis Biden health official Dr. Rachel Levine explains what's in the Joe Biden administration vaccine plan. The Biden administration set a goal to get 70% of adults in the U.S. at least one vaccine dose by July 4. For more COVID-19 updates, subscribe to NowThis News. #COVID #RachelLevine #Vaccines #Politics #News #NowThis This video "Dr. Levine on the Push to Get More People Vaccinated", first appeared on https://nowthisnews.com/.
RACHEL LEVINE: The vaccines and our response to COVID-19 is not a political issue. It's a public health issue.
The vaccines are a public health advance. And that is safe and effective. And that is our way out of the pandemic, is through these vaccinations. And we're making so much progress. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel. But we're not there yet.
JOE BIDEN: Give it your all through July the 4th. Let's reach our 70% goal. Let's go into the summer freer and safer. Let's celebrate a truly historic Independence Day.
RACHEL LEVINE: That is why President Biden has asked for a national month of action. So June, right now, is our national month of action. He has set a very ambitious goal of 70% of adults having at least their first dose. We're about 63% now, so we have a ways to go.
We need to work through two things. One is vaccine hesitancy, vaccine hesitancy by teens, by their parents, by adults. And we have to work on health equity in terms of the vaccines, and make sure that the vaccines actually get to vulnerable communities that have suffered significant impacts from COVID-19.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation, particularly on social media, about vaccines. We have to work past people's fear of the unknown and new things. And it's my job, it's our job as public health professionals to answer people's questions, to educate the public so that they are comfortable and confident in these vaccines.
Youth are vulnerable to COVID-19. And unfortunately, we have seen a lot of significant medical effects in youth from getting COVID-19. We have seen some very, very sick young people. We have seen young people die. Our way towards having a safe and productive summer and school year next year is through these vaccinations.
I have received the vaccines. My family has received the vaccines. And I have complete faith and confidence in them.