JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Vice President Kamala Harris visited Jacksonville on Monday as part of the Biden administration’s “Help is Here” tour of the nation promoting the $1.9 trillion relief package.
She visited the federally-run Gateway Mall vaccination site before stopping by a Northwest Jacksonville food distribution warehouse.
“I’m here to emphasize the importance of vaccinations and getting the vaccine,” Harris said as she got off Air Force Two at Jacksonville International Airport about 2 p.m. “You know, when it’s your turn, you got to get it. And regardless of what we’re talking about in terms of the various variants. One thing is for sure, if you get vaccinated when it’s your turn, you are much more likely to avoid contracting COVID Much less having severe symptoms are hospitalization or death.”
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and Federal Emergency Management Agency regional lead Bob Spence all greeted Harris at the airport and accompanied her on a tour of the Gateway facility.
Harris also talked with reporters about what was on the agenda.
“I’m glad to be in Jacksonville,” Harris said. “We’re here talking with the mayor and the commissioner and congressman about the good work that is happening here on the ground, and they have expressed their appreciation for what we have been able to do with the ARP, the American Rescue Plan, getting more shots in arms, helping out folks. A lot of our conversation today is also going to be about food insecurity.”
Just after 2:30 p.m., Harris entered the tent at the Gateway site and was led over to a table where Navy troops were preparing the vaccine and tapping syringes to get any bubbles out. Her guide announced: “This is where the magic happens.”
“Thank you on behalf of the president and myself,” she told the people preparing the vaccine. “Tap away!”