Second Gentleman Douglas Enhoff holds roundtable attended by SGA President Carrington Whigham and others at the Neighborhood Medical Center.
Florida A&M University (FAMU) President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., and Student Government Association (SGA) President Carrington Whigham met with Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, during his visit to Tallahassee Thursday.
Emhoff ‘s visit was designed to highlight local Leon County vaccination efforts as part of the National Month of Action to get more people vaccinated by July 4th. In a push to save lives and help the country return to some semblance of normalcy, President Joe Biden wants as many Americans as possible to get vaccinated by the Independence Day holiday.
“I was honored to meet with the 2nd Gentlemen Douglas Emhoff to discuss strategies to encourage more citizens to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, at FAMU we offer the Johnson and Johnson, Moderna and the Pfizer vaccines and welcome all members of our community to take advantage of this opportunity to protect themselves and their families,” Robinson said of the visit.
As soon as he was eligible, President Robinson received both doses of the Moderna vaccine in front of media cameras to publicize the availability of vaccines and to encourage others to get vaccinated.
FAMU’s Bragg Memorial Stadium is home to one of the region’s longest-running public COVID-19 testing sites, which has completed more than 357,000 tests since it first opened on April 25, 2020. A vaccination site at the Al Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center has given more than 10,000 doses of vaccine since it was first opened on February 25.
FAMU is also leading a Florida Department of Health initiative to combat vaccine hesitancy among underserved and communities of color. The $400,000 grant includes training, outreach and media messaging.
Whigham, who also serves as a member of the FAMU Board of Trustees, provided a student perspective on a roundtable with Emhoff discussing “the work FAMU has done to get our university and community vaccinated, by explaining the efforts of the #CallTheShots Campaign.”
“This morning I represented FAMU in President Biden’s effort to get as many Americans as possible to get vaccinated,” she said.
Emhoff’s visit came a week after FAMU joined dozens of other universities and colleges that committed to participating in the White House’s COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge. Participating colleges commit totaking three key actions to help get their campus communities vaccinated: engaging every student, faculty, and staff member; organizing their college communities; and delivering vaccine access for all.