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October 17, 2021

By Jacob Fulton Nov. 17, 2021, 2:07 PM EST

Jill Biden with singer Ciara and her children, Future Zahir, 7, Sienna Princess, 4, and Win Harrison, 1, and Dr. Hina Talib as they watch President Joe Biden depart from the White House on Wednesday. Joshua Roberts / Reuters

Ciara visited the White House on Wednesday to promote Covid vaccinations for young children.

Ciara was accompanied by her three kids, all under 7 years old, on the visit, which is part of a push to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11. She was scheduled to meet with first lady Jill Biden and Dr. Hina Talib, a pediatrician, to discuss the importance of vaccinations for kids.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention two weeks ago approved emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine in children 5 to 11 years old. Since then, about 10 percent of eligible children in the age range have gotten a dose of the vaccine, according to The Associated Press.

Biden, a teacher herself, began a nationwide effort to promote Covid vaccinations for kids once the Pfizer vaccine was approved for use in children.

Ciara’s visit is the latest collaboration between the White House and celebrities to encourage the use of the Covid vaccines, especially aimed at younger age groups. In July, pop star Olivia Rodrigo visited Pennsylvania Avenue to encourage young people to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

Ciara is married to NFL quarterback Russell Wilson.