February 3, 2021
I know there is a lot of anticipation--and anxiety--regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. Please know that while my staff and I are not physically going into the County Administration Building right now, we are all checking our email and voicemail messages regularly you can reach me or a member of my team by emailing CouncilDistrict3@co.pg.md.us or calling 301-952-3060.
The vaccines are safe and I am grateful that so many District 3 residents are eager to get vaccinated.
There are multiple vaccine providers which each receive shipments of vaccinations from the State of Maryland Health Department, including the Prince George's County Health Department, hospitals such as Luminis Health and University of Maryland Capital Region Health, and pharmacies such as Giant Pharmacy. We would all prefer a centralized system centralized registration and appointment system, however we are doing our best to manage a challenging process with the current decentralized system. The State of Maryland site is always the central portal for all available locations to pre-register or make an appointment.
My best recommendation is to pre-register at all possible locations, and make an appointment with the first one that offers you the opportunity. The County is focused on making appointments for residents in Phase 1B and anticipates scheduling appointments for those in Phase 1C in March.
If someone you know does not have access to the Internet, they can now call the County's Hotline to pre-register for the vaccine by dialing 3-1-1 and pressing #.
Additional vaccine sites are being added weekly. This week Southern Tech Recreation Center opened. Six Flags will be opening soon and a site in Laurel is in the future. All sites are by appointment only. By the end of the month, the County alone expects to be vaccinating roughly 10,000 people each week.
If you have questions or concerns about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, I urge you to watch County Executive Angela Alsobrooks' discussion with Dr. Anthony Fauci on Monday, February 8 at 2:00 p.m. View it online at http://bit.ly/FauciPGC
Domestic Violence Resources
Thank you to everyone who joined my
Virtual Connection event with the Family Justice Center on January 27. I strongly urge you to take approx. 35 minutes to watch the recording here. You'll learn about the incredible, free resources and support available to survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault and elder abuse. We are counting on residents to learn more about these resources in order to be able to share them with friends and neighbors.
Transforming the New Carrollton Metro Station
Please join me on Tuesday, February 10, from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. for a virtual community event to learn more about the updated vision and the projects under construction and in discussion at and around the New Carrollton Metro Station, including.
- Construction of the new WMATA Maryland Headquarters
- Housing under construction on both sides of the metro station
- Purple Line and more
There are also two proposed projects which need community feedback:
- Next phase of Urban Atlantic project
- New Lidl grocery store proposed at Defense Shopping Center
Black History Month
Again this year our Department of Parks and Recreations has put together in incredible line-up of events and activities to celebrate Black History Month.
Please take the time to review the brochure of events and plan to attend one or more during February. Here are a few I'm especially excited about:
Black History Month Scavenger Hunts
African American Aviators
Dream Like Me, a virtual fairy tale event
Finding Our Heritage: Lakeland Heritage and Youth Arts Corps
My staff and I are planning a District 3 Black History Month Event, "Sharing Our Stories." Please watch this newsletter for details coming soon!
Free Food Distributions in February
Be COVID Safe
Even as we all eagerly await our opportunity to be vaccinated, we must continue to practice COVID safety protocols.
Wear a mask over your nose.
Limit gatherings to those you live with.
If you must go out, stay 6 feet away from others.
Continue to wash your hands.
Please be mindful of winter weather. Although many of us are staying much closer to home, our DWP&T teams still need to plow roads during winter weather events.
To assist crews, residents are requested to:
- Move and keep vehicles off snow emergency routes
- Park in driveways or other off-road locations wherever possible
- Park only on the even-numbered sides of roads/streets
It also is important for single-family homeowners/renters and business proprietors to remember that they are responsible for the removal of snow/ice from the sidewalks abutting their homes or businesses.
I will continue to share new information as I receive it. Thank you in advance for your patience as we undertake the massive effort of vaccinating our residents.
Together Strengthening Our Community,