Prince George’s Proud:
An Update From County Executive Alsobrooks
Dear Prince Georgians,
We are excited to join the nation in recognizing National Black Business Month. This month, we celebrate and acknowledge Black-owned businesses not just here in Prince George’s County, but all over the country. National Black Business Month was established in 2004 to support the now more than 2 million Black-owned businesses across the nation. It’s important for us to support our local entrepreneurs, and that is why we are excited to officially proclaim this month as National Black Business Month in Prince George’s County.
This is a particularly exciting time as our County continues to be the economic engine of the Washington Metropolitan region and the State of Maryland. We know that small businesses are the backbone of our local economy, and Black-owned businesses play an important role in supporting our community and the economic success of Prince George’s County. These businesses have long been an important driving force in creating jobs, making investments, and creating opportunities that have shaped the business landscape of our County.
Many businesses would not be where they are today without the continued support of the community, especially over the last two years with the number of unexpected challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When minority businesses flourish, so does our community. That’s why it’s encouraging to see the growth and entrepreneurship represented in the growing number of Black-owned businesses that call Prince George’s County home.
Looking forward, we are continuing to work to ensure that Black-owned businesses can open, grow, and thrive here in Prince George’s County. We are Prince George’s Proud to support our local Black entrepreneurs during National Black Business Month, and we encourage Prince Georgians to join us in supporting them not only during this month, but throughout the year.
Additionally, this week is National Farmers Market Week, a week dedicated to showing how much value farmers markets bring to our communities. Prince George’s County has a number of farmers markets, some of which operate for part of the year and others that operate year-round. The State of Maryland has a listing of some of those farmers markets here. We encourage residents to utilize our County’s farmers markets during Farmers Market Week and throughout the year.
Yours in service,
Prince George’s County Executive
COVID-19 Vaccination Update
Vaccine Supply & Administration
- The County Health Department has provided over 224,900 vaccinations, including more than 27,000 additional doses to those fully vaccinated.
- The County Health Department has provided over 260 vaccinations at the Cheverly Health Center and Maternal/Child Health Center at Laurel to date in August.
- Our mobile units have provided over 60 vaccinations in the community to date in August, focusing on homebound and senior residents.
- More than 19,300 vaccinations have been provided to children ages 5 to 11 years since the vaccine became available for that age group in November 2021.
- More than 200 vaccinations have been provided to children under the age of 5 since the vaccine became available for that age group in June 2022.
The County Health Department no longer operates a standing mass vaccination clinic. The COVID-19 vaccine is available through the County’s mobile vaccination units or at the Cheverly Health Center and Maternal/Child Health Center at Laurel, by appointment only. There are a number of vaccination sites available in Prince George’s County that are not operated by the County. Please remember that we neither manage nor control appointments or distribution for any locations not operated by the County Health Department.
Prince George’s County Health Department
- Cheverly Health Center and Maternal/Child Health Center at Laurel: To schedule an appointment, individuals should visit the County Health Department website here.
- Mobile Vaccination Units: The County’s mobile vaccination units are typically reserved for homebound residents and other high-risk residents who require assistance in getting access to the vaccine. Individuals who are interested in our mobile vaccination units should call PGC311 and press # for assistance.
Additional Non-County Operated Sites
- Please use our County Vaccine Locator to find additional vaccination sites operated by pharmacies, hospitals, and other healthcare partners.
Progress Toward Vaccination Goals
County News For You
Creating Resilient Communities Webinar Series
The Office of Homeland Security/Office of Emergency Management continues its Creating Resilient Communities Webinar Series on Tuesday, August 16 at 7:00 PM! This webinar will discuss the impacts of COVID-19 and quarantine on the mental health of young adults. The mental health of young adults was challenged due to changes in plans and missed significant life events, social isolation, anxiety, and depression. Participants will learn about symptoms, warning signs, and how to help young adults manage these challenging times. Register today for this free webinar by clicking here.
Free August Immunization Clinics
Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), in collaboration with the County Health Department and the Maryland Partnership for Prevention, will host a series of free immunization clinics from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM each day at four (4) PGCPS locations to assist families with meeting immunization requirements. Please note that families must register online for an appointment.
LOCATIONS AND DATES
Bladensburg High School (August 8-12)
- 4200 57th Avenue | Bladensburg
Oxon Hill High School (August 15-17)
- 6701 Leyte Drive | Oxon Hill
Fairmont Heights High School (August 18 & 19)
- 6501 Columbia Park Road | Landover
Northwestern High School (August 22, 24 & 26)
- 7000 Adelphi Road | Hyattsville
*The County Health Department has additional dates and times daily.
Back2School Drive & Dash
Join PGCPS as a Substitute Teacher!
Reduce Waste at the Source
It can be difficult figuring out what goes in what waste bin when we’re done with it. To make things easier, consider these sustainable alternatives, which last longer and aren’t immediately trashed or recycled.
- Start small by using reusable bags, bottles, and straws.
- Buy items loose and with the least amount of plastic packaging as much as possible.
- When picking up take-out food, refuse utensils and only take condiments you’ll use for that meal.
- Clean and repurpose food containers to shop in the bulk section for grains, spices, and more.
Holiday Waste Collection Schedule
Senior Fitness Day & Picnic
Summer Car Safety Tips for Pets
As a reminder, the Prince George’s County Animal Control Ordinance Section 3-180 titled “Animal Cruelty and Neglect” says all domestic animals except livestock are prohibited from being kept outdoors when the heat index is 90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, as determined by the National Weather Service. Any person who inflicts unnecessary suffering or pain upon the animal may be charged in accordance with the provisions of Subsection (b). For more information or to view a copy of the Animal Control Ordinance, click here.
If you see a pet in a hot car:
- Write down the car’s make, model and license plate number.
- Ask nearby businesses to make an announcement to find the car’s owner.
- If the owner can’t be found, call your local police or animal control and wait by the car for them to arrive.
What else can you do?
- Ask local store managers, shopping malls, restaurants, and other businesses to post signs asking customers not to leave their pets in cars while shopping or dining. You can download a flyer from the Humane Society website here.
- Be prepared to help. Keep phone numbers for your local animal control agency, police department, and emergency veterinary clinic in your wallet or phone.
To report an animal experiencing neglect or cruelty in Prince George’s County, contact the Animal Services Division at 301-780-7200, and select “0” after the emergency message.
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