President Joe Biden would like to have at least 70% of adults in the U.S. receive a COVID-19 shot by the July 4th holiday. Yet, according to federal statistics, only 51% of Georgians are vaccinated.
I had the opportunity to speak with Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland about the importance of the vaccinations. "We want to make sure that everyone is safe", said Haaland, "the sooner that everyone gets vaccinated, the sooner our economy opens, our schools open, we can get together with the people that we love."
Haaland, the first native American to serve as a cabinet secretary, said "Our communities are worth it", adding, "we are not only getting the vaccination to protect ourselves, we are getting it to protect our community members."
While states are reopening, Haaland said the pandemic continues and "we want everybody to be vaccinated so that we can all be together again."
A former member of Congress representing New Mexico, Haaland was confirmed as Secretary of the Interior in March.