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Congressman Anthony Brown Visits FEMA Greenbelt Vaccination Site with Frontline Transit Workers

“Our frontline transit workers are essential to our vaccination efforts and have continued to serve our communities throughout this pandemic.”

“Our frontline transit workers are essential to our vaccination efforts and have continued to serve our communities throughout this pandemic. They deserve our thanks. Together, we’ll defeat this pandemic and build back better.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) visited the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) run vaccination site at the Greenbelt Metro Station with members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689. Transit workers are essential to the Capital Region’s recovery and vaccination efforts.

In February, Reps. Brown and Hoyer wrote the Biden-Harris Administration requesting a federally run, easily accessible by transit, vaccination site in Prince George’s County to ensure equitable vaccine distribution in communities of color. 

“We must meet vulnerable communities where they are and ensure Marylanders are able to access vaccine appointments through public transit options like WMATA. We need to be doing more to improve vaccination rates among Black Marylanders and the Latino community,” said Congressman Brown. “Our frontline transit workers are essential to our vaccination efforts and have continued to serve our communities throughout this pandemic. They deserve our thanks. Together, we’ll defeat this pandemic and build back better.”

Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) received $193.4 million, helping Metro close a budget gap that eliminated the need for drastic bus and rail service cuts, station closures and employee layoffs. The Plan also invested more than $20 billion to implement a national vaccination strategy. 

“Our members have been on the front lines of this pandemic since the beginning. We know that the quickest path back to normal is for everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible. We wanted to thank FEMA and Rep. Anthony Brown for inviting us to tour the Greenbelt facility,” said Raymond Jackson, President and Business Agent for Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689.

President Biden has set a new goal to administer at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine to 70% of American adults by the Fourth of July. 

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