First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff Visit DFW, Houston to Encourage More Texans to Get Their COVID-19 Vaccine

AUSTIN, Texas — First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff were in Texas on Tuesday to encourage Texans to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Texas, along with a few other states, is projected to narrowly miss President Biden’s goal of having 70 percent of U.S. adults vaccinated with at least one dose by July 4th. Currently, Texas has a vaccination rate of 61 percent for adults 18 years and older with at least one dose of the vaccine, and 52 percent for adults 18 years and older who have been fully vaccinated, according to an analysis by the New York Times.

While President Biden has made remarkable progress in just a few months, the new Delta variant, which is a more transmissible and deadlier variant of COVID, is one of the reasons the Biden-Harris Administration is encouraging Texas and the rest of the country to get vaccinated. The latest data show that almost all COVID-19 deaths in the United States are among unvaccinated people.

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“We thank the First Lady and Second Gentleman for visiting Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston today to speak with Texans and encourage everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Despite the efforts by Texas Republicans to undermine the President’s goals, our state is in much better shape now that we have real leaders managing this crisis.

“President Biden has helped Texas come out of the disastrous handling of this pandemic by Donald Trump and Gov. Abbott and thanks to his leadership, we are finally on a safe and sustainable path to recovery. Everyone must do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 and help us build back stronger.”