Vaccination is a vital part of Hurricane preparedness, President Joe Biden says

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If you live in one of the states that are prone to hurricanes, such as Florida, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, or other southern red states, President Joe Biden says you should get vaccinated now.

Biden told Americans if they live in hurricane-prone states, part of their hurricane preparedness should include getting the COVID-19 vaccination.

“Let me be clear: If you’re in a state where hurricanes often strike — like Florida or the Gulf Coast or into Texas — a vital part of preparing for hurricane season is to get vaccinated now.  Everything is more complicated if you’re not vaccinated and a hurricane or a natural disaster hits,” the President said.

Biden said if you are forced to evacuate your home to a shelter, you don’t want to add the risk of being infected with COVID-19 as one of the problems on your growing list of problems.

“With the Delta variant, we’re seeing a pandemic of the unvaccinated.  Cases and hospitalizations are rising faster in states with low vaccination rates, such as Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, which are the states that — from a hurricane-prone — they’re the states that are most at risk,” he said. “And so, we don’t wait until it’s too late.  And if, God forbid, a natural disaster strikes, we have to make sure we’re ready to be protected against COVID-19 as well.”

“If you wind up having to evacuate, if you wind up having to stay in a shelter, you don’t want to add COVID-19 to the list of dangers that you’re going to be confronting,” the president said. “Get vaccinated now so you’re ready for whatever may come this month.  And it’s likely some serious hurricanes are going to come this month.”