First Lady Jill Biden visits COVID-19 vaccination site in Savannah

Published: Jul. 6, 2021 at 5:40 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 8, 2021 at 6:06 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The First Lady of the United States visited a COVID-19 vaccination site in Savannah on Thursday, July 8.

Dr. Jill Biden was joined by U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock on a tour of a vaccination site at Beach High School.

Dr. Biden landed at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport around 2:30 p.m. before making her way to Beach High.

Savannah Mayor Van Johnson joined the First Lady and Sen. Warnock for a news conference.

Dr. Biden was also greeted by Colonel Christopher Dunlap and Chief Master Sergeant Francisco “Frankie” Ramirez.

FLOTUS and Senator Warnock participated in a discussion with health care workers and heard about their work to vaccinate their communities. FLOTUS, Senator Warnock, and Mayor Johnson then gave remarks at a mobilization event.

She began speaking just before 5 p.m. She emphasized the virus is still out there and that vaccination is essential for preventing the spread.

“As far as we’ve come, we’re not done yet,” she said, adding only 44 percent of Georgia residents have had one shot of the vaccine. “And that’s just not enough. And that’s why we came to Savannah today.”

She closed her remarks by saying the shots are free, safe, and that sites can be found all over.

Dr. Jill Biden then made an unscheduled stop at the Green Truck Neighborhood Pub on her way back to the airport. The small restaurant was suggested to her by Senator Warnock, who said they have great pies.

FLOTUS will now head to Orlando where she will attend the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals and meet the spellers, their families, deliver brief remarks, and participate in a “sideline” interview with ESPN.

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