Jill Biden Visits Southwest Amid Vaccine Push

Apr 21, 2021

First Lady Jill Biden is kicking off a three-day, two-state visit to the U.S. Southwest with a tour of a vaccination clinic in Albuquerque. 

Jill Biden speaks after her husband Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden during a bus tour stop, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Mason City, Iowa.
Credit AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

Wednesday's tour comes as the nation is set to meet President Joe Biden’s goal of administering 200 million coronavirus doses in his first 100 days in office. New Mexico has been among the leading states when it comes to vaccination distribution. Nearly 39% of New Mexico residents 16 and older have been fully vaccinated. While eligibility was expanded earlier this month, the focus is now shifting to younger people ahead of the summer break.

Thursday and Friday Biden will to travel to Window Rock on the Navajo Nation where she’ll meet with Navajo President Jonathan Nez and First Lady Phefelia Nez. Biden will also deliver a radio address on the reservation. On Friday she’ll attend a listening session with students and visit a vaccination site in Saint Michaels.