Made to Save and HHS Surprise DC Families at COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic with Visit from President Obama and Dr. Fauci

President Obama and Dr. Fauci discussed the importance of vaccines for kids ages 5-11 and mobilizing parents to get their children vaccinated

(Washington, D.C.): Today, Made to Save and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) surprised DC families at a pop up COVID-19 vaccine clinic with a special visit from former President Barack Obama and Dr. Anthony Fauci.

President Obama and Dr. Fauci visited the pop up clinic at Kimball Elementary School, organized by DC Health and DC Public Schools (DCPS). Dr. Fauci and President Obama emphasized the importance of children getting vaccinated, underscored the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines and answered questions from children and parents. In the weeks since the FDA authorized the vaccine for kids ages 5-11, more than 3.64 million children under 12 have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. As public health officials and experts work to learn more about the Omicron variant, the path to controlling the virus and limiting variants is to get vaccinated, ensure children are vaccinated and get boosted.

Today’s event is part of a wider effort, supported on the ground by grassroots campaigns like Made to Save, to get the word out to parents and families about the importance of getting their children vaccinated against COVID-19. To help prepare for this new phase of vaccinating children under 12, Made to Save has hosted several town halls with Doctors for AmericaDr. Alice Chen and others, which hundreds of partners and individuals have joined. Made to Save also released new messaging research and a holistic #ProtectOurKids action guide. Recently, Made to Save coalition member and pediatrician Dr. Hina Talib joined Grammy-winning singer Ciara and First Lady Jill Biden at the White House to answer questions from parents and caregivers about the COVID-19 vaccines for children. View the full conversation here.

Made to Save is a national grassroots effort to ensure communities hardest hit by the pandemic have access to the COVID-19 vaccines and accurate, timely information. To date, the Made to Save coalition has reached out to tens of millions of Americans, had conversations grounded in empathy with more than 2 million people, trained more than 6,000 people to be vaccine ambassadors, partnered with 600+ organizations working on the ground and provided funding and technical assistance to more than 100 community-based organizations.

Made to Save is a national public education campaign rooted in grassroots organizing. Our goal is to build trust in the COVID-19 vaccines and increase access in communities who have been hit the hardest by this pandemic. Learn more here.

Civic Nation is a nonpartisan, nonprofit home for changemakers who inspire, educate, and activate people around the issues that will define this generation. Civic Nation empowers and educates individuals, companies, institutions and organizations to drive culture, systems, and policy change, working towards a more inclusive and equitable America. Seven initiatives are a part of the Civic Nation family: When We All Vote, United State of Women, ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, End Rape On Campus, It’s On Us, Made to Save and We The Action. Learn more here.