LISTEN: The husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, second gentleman Douglas Emhoff, talks about COVID-19 vaccines. GPB's Orlando Montoya reports.

Douglas Emhoff holds a Covid mask in his hand while speaking behind a microphone.

Douglas Emhoff, husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, holds up his face mask before putting it away while speaking to District of Columbia COVID-19 vaccine ambassadors, Thursday, July 8, 2021, at Anacostia High School in the southeast neighborhood of Washington.

Credit: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

The Biden administration is making a major push to get Americans to take the updated COVID-19 vaccine.

Disease experts hope that the new shot, which targets the latest COVID variants, will prevent a surge in fall and winter cases as seen in previous years.

Vice President Kamala Harris' husband, the second gentleman Douglas Emhoff, recently spoke to GPB after a virtual gathering of young people of color from several states including Georgia.

"We need to get the numbers up with younger people,” Emhoff said. “While the numbers have been very good across the board, we do need to do a better job with younger folks. And I'm going to continue to do everything I can on behalf of this administration until we get this job done."

Emhoff has visited eight states and 21 vaccine clinics nationwide to amplify the White House message for Americans to get vaccinated.

He said he was “very inspired” by the young people he met at his most recent event, which included young women who’ve led organizing efforts around vaccines in their communities.

 “I took a lot of notes and I’m ready to get back out there,” he said.

Emhoff says that he expects COVID vaccines will become available on an annual basis, much like the yearly flu shot.