Doug Emhoff, Veep’s husband, promotes COVID vaccination drive in visit to Tallahassee

Doug Emhoff, husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, in a 2020 file photo. Credit: White House

Note: This story is based on a pool report provided by James Call of the Tallahassee Democrat.

Doug Emhoff, husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, traveled to Tallahassee Thursday in support of the Biden administration’s efforts to promote vaccinations against COVID-19.

Emhoff arrived during the late morning at the Neighborhood Medical Center, located in one of Florida’s poorest zip codes, for a vaccination clinic.

The administration has set a goal of achieving a 70 percent vaccination rate among adults by July 4.

Emhoff is the first male spouse of a vice president and, consequently, the first such to visit Florida’s capital city. He met with community leaders plus education and public-policy experts from Florida State and Florida A&M universities. He inspected a mobile vaccination van.

“If you can’t come here [to the Medical Center] they’re going to come to you and make sure that you can get your vaccines,” he said.

Emhoff asked Carrington Whigham, student body president at FAMU, about a student government social media campaign to encourage vaccinations.

“We have to form a united front to show that this is the only way to get rid of this,” Whigham said.

Emhoff praised local social workers, medical professions, students, and civic leaders for their “grass-roots” efforts to fight the pandemic.