Mayor Bowser asked DC residents to join forces so that as many people as possible get vaccinated against COVID-19
POLITICS. Mayor Bowser announced the measures in DC / EFE
This Thursday, Mayor Muriel Bowser joined Mary’s Center and UnitedHealthcare in celebrating and cutting the ribbon on her new mobile vaccination pod located at Mary’s Center Fort Totten Clinic. At the groundbreaking ceremony, the Mayor announced the launch of a new vaccine outreach task force and encouraged community members to register for the third DC COVID-19 Community Corps Day of Action.
“Looking ahead, we need a hands-on approach to ensure that all eligible individuals in our community claim their free COVID-19 vaccine. That is why we are launching an outreach workforce, why we are calling on our residents to join in on the Day of Action, and why we are excited to see the continued enthusiasm from trusted partners like Mary’s Center and UnitedHealthcare, ”said Mayor Bowser. “We have a safe and highly effective vaccine that can prevent people from dying from COVID-19. The vaccine is free. It is easy to get. But this work to reach more people is urgent: We still have people dying from COVID-19, most of the people dying in DC are black, and it doesn’t have to be that way. The vaccine is available and we need people to take it.
The vaccination capsule has four units and can be used to vaccinate up to 400 people per day. In addition to supporting vaccination efforts, the capsule will also free up resources within Mary’s Center to ensure that patients can continue to access regular medical care.
“Mary’s Center is proud to support Mayor Bowser and DC Health’s efforts to vaccinate all Washington DC residents,” said Dr. Tollie Elliott, Mary’s Center Medical Director. “With this new, state-of-the-art vaccination capsule funded by UnitedHealthcare, we will be able to reach more communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19, including our black and brown neighbors in the nation’s capital.”
“UnitedHealthcare’s partnership with Mary’s Center is a great example of how public-private partnerships can be leveraged to meet the needs of a community,” said Erin Henderson-Moore, Executive Director of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Washington DC. “We are proud to support the new mobile vaccination unit that will provide care directly to the communities where it is most needed.”