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Jill Biden hits the road to promote COVID-19 vaccines in Michigan, Missouri

Jill Biden hits the road to promote COVID-19 vaccines in Michigan, Missouri
First lady Jill Biden is seen as she's about to enter the presidential limousine in Washington, D.C., on May 3. Photo by Erin Scott/UPI | License Photo

May 27 (UPI) -- First lady Jill Biden is scheduled to visit vaccination centers in Michigan and Missouri on Thursday to promote President Joe Biden's goal of vaccinating 160 million Americans against COVID-19 by July 4.

The first lady will stop at centers in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Kansas City, Mo.

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The White House said she will observe vaccinations at Grand Rapids Community College and Kansas City's Metropolitan Community College. At both stops, she will talk about the partnership between federal retail pharmacy partners and community colleges.

"We're proud to welcome the first lady," GRCC President Bill Pink said, according to WDIV-TV. "Community colleges will play a vital role as our region emerges from the pandemic."

At the Kansas City college, school officials said each person who receives the vaccine will win a scholarship for classes this summer or fall at the in-district tuition rate.

Jill Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top White House medical adviser, toured a vaccination site at the Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., last week.

Earlier this month, President Biden set the goal of 160 million vaccinated Americans by July 4. He also set that date to have at least 70% of all U.S. adults with at least their first COVID-19 vaccine dose.

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