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Emmitt Smith to join Jill Biden on pro-vaccine push in Texas

NFL Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith gives a thumbs up after the command to start engines at the NASCAR Xfinity Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300
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Jill Biden is getting some star-studded help in tackling COVID-19 vaccine hesitation — the first lady will be joined by NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith during a vaccination push in Texas.

The former Dallas Cowboys running back will tour a vaccination site at a high school in the Lone Star State this week, the White House announced Monday. The pair will visit Emmett J. Conrad High School in Dallas on Tuesday, before Biden travels later that day to Houston for a vaccination event at Minute Maid Park with second gentleman Doug Emhoff and the Houston Astros.

Texas is one of eight states — along with Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Missouri, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming — that experienced a rise in COVID-19 cases earlier this month. All of those states except Hawaii have a lower than average vaccination rate, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Biden and Emhoff are also poised to head to Arizona on Wednesday to appear together at a vaccine clinic in Phoenix.

Smith, a three-time Super Bowl champion with the Cowboys, is one of several celebrities who have helped Biden make a pro-vaccine push at events across the country in recent weeks. Last week, country music star Brad Paisley and Biden toured a pop-up vaccination site at a Nashville moonshine distillery. Former “Alias” actor Jennifer Garner joined the first lady to promote vaccinations last month in West Virginia.

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