Vice President Harris in Jacksonville for the Help is Here tour

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in Jacksonville just after noon Monday to promote the $ 1.9 trillion aid package as part of the Biden government’s “Help is Here” tour of the nation. She will visit the FEMA-operated Gateway Gateway vaccination site and food distribution warehouse in northwest Jacksonville this afternoon.

“I’m here to highlight the importance of vaccinations and getting the vaccine,” Harris said as she stepped off Air Force Two at Jacksonville International Airport. ā€œYou know, when it’s your turn, you have to get it. And regardless of what we are talking about in terms of the different variants. One thing is for sure, if you get vaccinated when it is your turn, you are more likely to avoid contracting COVID. Less serious symptoms include hospitalization or death. “

Mayor Lenny Curry, US Representative Al Lawson, Florida Secretary of Agriculture Nikki Fried, and FEMA Regional Director Bob Spence greeted Harris at the airport and accompanied her on a tour of the Gateway facility.

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Shortly after 2:30 p.m. Harris entered the tent at the Gateway site and was shown to a table where the Navy was standing

VP entered at 2:33 p.m. with a tour guide and was shown to a table where Navy forces were preparing the vaccine and tapping syringes to remove any blisters. Your guide announced, “This is where the magic happens.”

“Thank you on behalf of the president and me,” she told the people who were preparing the vaccine. “Tip away!”

Within sight of the motorcade near the FEMA site, a little girl held up a hand-lettered pink and purple sign that read, “Girls can change the world.”

WATCH: News4Jax streaming coverage of Harris’ visit

Jacksonville City Councilor Garrett Dennis will be among those feeding Northeast Florida’s pantry and warehouse at the next stop for what has been billed as a listening session by the White House.

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ā€œFamilies hurt. One in nine Americans said they didn’t have enough to eat in February and early March, “Dennis said on the Morning Show. “I think northeast Florida is way higher than that.”

Harris is expected to arrive in Jacksonville by noon and will spend approximately four hours. While there will be no public events, News4Jax will be covering their visit and will have live streaming coverage during their visit to the Gateway Mall and Pantry.

Biden, Harris, and their top messengers are traveling across the nation to highlight the benefits of the plan, with a particular focus on helping small businesses. The government promises that spending will make a difference by cutting child poverty in half, boosting record levels of hiring and pumping money to parents, schools, and state and local governments.

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Harris and husband Doug Emhoff reiterated the small business issue with layovers in Colorado last week. Biden will be traveling to a small business in suburban Philadelphia on Tuesday.

The Biden government estimates that 400,000 small businesses have closed because of the pandemic and millions more are barely surviving. His aid package includes a $ 28 billion grant program to support restaurants and drinking places. There are also flexible $ 15 billion grants that can be awarded.

Harris last visited Jacksonville in October for a socially distant rally at the University of North Florida ahead of the November election.

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