GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Vice President Kamala Harris visited Greenville Monday as part of her nationwide tour to help meet the White House’s goal of having 70 percent of American adults vaccinated by the Fourth of July.
Greenville was the first stop of Harris’ five-state campaign to get more people vaccinated.
“The Vice President will launch a nation-wide tour to reach millions of Americans who still need protection against the virus, highlight the ease of getting vaccinated, encourage vaccinations, and mobilize grassroots vaccine education and outreach efforts.WHITE HOUSE SPOKESPERSON
White House officials said she will depart Joint Base Andrews at about 10 a.m. to head to the Upstate.
Just after noon, she will speak at the Phillis Wheatley Community Center, where Greenville NAACP will hold a vaccination clinic Monday evening. She will then tour a pop-up vaccination site at the YMCA of Greenville.
Greenville NAACP President Reverend J.M. Flemming said vaccines are a must, especially for the African American community.
“We have to do something about it. We have to do more than just talk about it, and that’s why we’re out here,” Rev. Flemming said.
Registration to meet Harris is closed, according to the Greenville NAACP, but you can still receive the vaccine at the clinic, located at 40 John McCarroll Way in Greenville. It will be open from 5-7 p.m.
DHEC’s latest numbers show 38 percent of adults are fully-vaccinated in South Carolina. According to the CDC, the national average for fully vaccinated adults is 43 percent. Right now, the state is ranked 42nd in the nation for the number of fully-vaccinated adults.
“The act of getting folks vaccinated, isn’t that the very essence of what we mean when we say act in a way that is a projection of love thy neighbor?” Harris said in remarks at the Phillis Wheatley Community Center.
The vice president addressed barriers keeping people from getting the shot, noting some pharmacies are staying open for 24 hours on Fridays this month to expand access, while Uber and Lyft are offering free rides to vaccination sites.
“The only thing that is left is making sure that people have the correct information,” Harris said.
Vaccine skepticism was on display as at least a hundred protestors lined the streets near the vice president’s stops.
“I know she’s promoting the vaccine, and I just wanted to let her know that you cannot inject health. Your health comes from your immunitiy, and thats why were here today,” said protestor Nicole Morgan.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the Covid-19 vaccines are not only safe and effective, but have also undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history.
“I know it seemed like it happened overnight, but it didn’t…over a decade of hard work and research went into the creation of the vaccination,” Harris said.
The vice president said she’s encouraged by how far the fight against Covid-19 has come and is hopeful for the future.
“We will get through this, and the most important word there is we. Not just I, we…together will get through this. And when the American people come together, we can do anything,” Harris said.