First Lady Jill Biden Promotes COVID-19 Vaccine In Visit To Hawaii - Honolulu Civil Beat

Dr. Jill Biden was joined by Gov. David Ige again on Sunday for a tour of a local vaccination clinic at Waipahu High School.

Dr. Biden walked around the school’s gymnasium to get a closer look at operations and flow of the clinic.

Following the tour, she headed over to the school’s library where a small group of elected officials and educators gathered for a brief speech.

Governor David Ige gives some remarks before First Lady Dr. Jill Biden is introduced to speak at Waipahu High School library.
Gov. David Ige and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden speak at Waipahu High School library during Biden’s visit. Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

She started with a message to educators ahead of the new school year, acknowledging the sacrifices and adjustments of distance teaching during the height of the pandemic.

Watch the speech below:

After her personal message to the educators, the first lady then shifted to a broader message of vaccine encouragement, saying much progress has been made, but there is still a way to go.

“Hawaii has done a fantastic job getting shots in arms, but we’re not done yet. There’s still far too many people who aren’t vaccinated,” she said.

Hawaii has one of the highest vaccination rates with nearly 60 percent of its residents fully vaccinated. But the number of new cases in recent days has surged to above 200 and nearly all of the people getting sick were not vaccinated.

“Hawaii, like communities across the nation and around the world, is seeing an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases. Almost all getting sick today are not vaccinated,” said Gov. David Ige.

During the First Lady’s tour, Louise Medina, a 2020 Waipahu High School graduate, showed her how the clinic administers vaccinations.

A small but vocal group of demonstrators and Trump supporters protested Jill Biden’s visit outside of the Waipahu High School campus.

But inside the school’s library, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi, House Speaker Scott Saiki and Honolulu City Council Chair Tommy Waters gave her a warm welcome.

“The first lady was super charming … and gracious. I even got the First Lady to do the shaka sign,” said Waters.

Watch Hawaii News Now’s report here.

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