Prince George’s Proud:
An Update From County Executive Alsobrooks
Dear Prince Georgians:
Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorized use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in children ages five to 11. This is such an important step in our fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community and to end this pandemic, and I want to encourage families across Prince George’s County to ensure your children are protected against this deadly virus.
Over the past several weeks, the County Health Department has worked tirelessly to ensure that we were prepared to begin administering the vaccine as soon as we received approval to do so. Following the recent guidance from the FDA, CDC, and State, County Health Department vaccine clinics will administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children in this age group beginning today, Friday, November 5. In addition, we are once again partnering with Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) to host vaccine clinics at elementary and high schools throughout the County. We have made tremendous strides in our vaccination rates, including among youth ages 12 and up, and this could not have been done without the support and assistance of our school system.
Beginning Monday, November 8, residents ages five years and older will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for free at the school mobile clinics. The clinics will operate Monday through Friday during after school hours at multiple schools throughout the County through mid-December. COVID-19 vaccines for eligible children will also be available at many pediatricians’ offices, retail and grocery store pharmacies, hospitals, and other health care providers throughout the County. I, along with our top health officials, encourage families to discuss the best option for vaccinating your children with their pediatrician. For more information about COVID-19 vaccinations for children or to schedule an appointment, visit the County Health Department website here.
I would also like to take this time to share with you that, along with our regional housing partners, Prince George’s County is celebrating Housing Month during the month of November! Throughout the month, we will showcase important housing milestones being achieved in our County and highlight our efforts to preserve, protect, and expand affordable housing options for Prince Georgians. By working to preserve housing affordability and by creating a larger supply of desirable housing, we are securing the housing future for Prince George’s County.
Looking forward, our County is set to grow over the coming decade, and we want to ensure that those who live here can stay here. Throughout Housing Month, our goal is to make it known that Prince George’s County is committed to ensuring that all Prince Georgians have access to secure, affordable housing. For more information about Housing Month 2021, visit the Department of Housing and Community Development website here.
Yours in service,
Prince George’s County Executive
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