Vice President Harris visits the vaccination site and pantry during the Jacksonville visit

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – Vice President Kamala Harris was in the Sunshine State on Monday afternoon for the Help is Here tour.

One of the focal points of her visit is COVID-19 vaccines.

During her visit, Harris toured the FEMA-sponsored vaccination center. Harris told White House pool reporters that her mission is to encourage people to get the shot.

“I’m here to emphasize the importance of vaccination and the vaccine. When it is your turn, you have to get it, ”said the Vice President.

“Regardless of what we’re talking about regarding the variant, one thing is certain: get vaccinated when it’s your turn,” she added. “You are much more likely to avoid contracting COVID, let alone experience severe symptoms or hospitalization or death. In fact, we’re talking about 100% hospitalization and death avoidance for everyone. “

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The vice president says that in addition to vaccination, it is important that people wear masks, wash their hands and, if possible, be socially distant.

Local representative Al Lawson from Florida’s 5th congressional district accompanied the vice president on her tour.

“You and President Biden understand the burden COVID-19 has placed on so many families in our community, especially when it comes to food insecurity,” Lawson said in a statement.

Harris hosted a senior executive round table in the Feeding Northeast Florida pantry and warehouse following her visit to the vaccination center.

This is the Vice Presidents’ first trip to the region since the November elections.

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