Emhoff’s first stop was at It’s Official Barbershop in Englewood. With rarely an empty chair, the store has been the scene of immunization events. Emhoff spoke with owner Channal Coleman about the reluctance to vaccinate in the community and thanked her for her role in getting people to participate.
â€œWe hear about Englewood and everyone is afraid of coming to Englewood, and he was not afraid of coming to Englewood, so I think that gets some attention,â€ she said.
The White House’s attention to Englewood is on purpose; the South Side neighborhood has the lowest vaccination rate in the city.
Senior policy adviser Dr Cameron Webb was traveling with Emhoff, who said the Biden administration was very concerned about the Delta variant.
â€œWe know it can spread quickly in a neighborhood or community with low immunization rates,â€ Webb said.
Webb and Enhoff’s second stop was an Esperanza Health Center vaccination site.
“It’s not a political issue. Vaccines concern us, they concern our community,” Enhoff said.
At an orchestrated event, the second man met volunteers, then distracted 1–2-year-old Kendrick Guadarrma as he received his second hit.
With his new job, Emhoff said he spent most of his time on the road and reports what the community is saying to his wife, Vice President Harris.
“I’m married to the vice president, so when we have dinner you know, ‘Hey honey, how was your day?’ ‘Well …’ “, he said.
And he’ll have plenty to tell her after today.
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