Olivia Rodrigo to visit White House as part of effort to boost vaccinations among the young
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Olivia Rodrigo is headed to the White House as part of an effort to drive up coronavirus vaccination rates among the young.

The "Good 4 U" singer will meet with President BidenJoe BidenSouth Africa health minister calls travel bans over new COVID variant 'unjustified' Biden attends tree lighting ceremony after day out in Nantucket Senior US diplomat visiting Southeast Asia to 'reaffirm' relations MORE and Anthony FauciAnthony FauciUS to restrict travel from eight African nations over new COVID-19 concerns Israel warns of looming emergency after its first case of omicron, new COVID-19 variant Five things to know about omicron, new COVID-19 'variant of concern' MORE, the nation's top infectious diseases expert, during her visit Wednesday, according to a White House official.

The 18-year-old "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series" actor will also record videos urging young people to get their shots against COVID-19. The videos will be featured on Rodrigo's social media channels — she boasts more than 14 million Instagram followers — as well as on the White House's social media accounts.


Rodrigo announced she was heading to Washington by responding to Biden's vaccination push Tuesday on Instagram.

The dose of star power at the White House comes as a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that COVID-19 vaccination coverage for younger Americans has lagged behind rates for older adults.

As of Monday, 68 percent of people 18 and older had received at least one shot of a coronavirus vaccine, and about 65 percent of people 12 and older had gotten at least one shot, according to the CDC.

The Biden administration is pushing efforts to boost vaccination rates among younger Americans. In May, Biden and Fauci participated in a YouTube town hall. Earlier this month, Fauci joined TikTok influencers in a series of conversations about vaccinations.