A MESSAGE FROM CONGRESSMAN HOYER
With new cases of the Omicron variant detected in the United States, I join many others in tracking this new strain of COVID-19. Though this variant is concerning, I am confident Maryland can get ahead of it by relying on science and safety. Now more than ever, it is critically important to get fully vaccinated, get your booster shot when eligible, and practice safe hygiene.
Last week, President Biden announced New Actions to Protect Americans Against the Delta and Omicron Variants as We Battle COVID-19 this Winter. This plan includes a nation-wide effort to get boosters to those who haven’t gotten one, expanding family-based vaccination clinics, ensuring insurance companies reimburse purchases of over-the-counter rapid COVID-19 tests, and much more. These efforts are very important, but you have a critical role to play, too – you can help your community by getting the shot without delay. And as the holiday season gets underway, the CDC has helpful information about how you can celebrate safely this year. You can read more here about their guidelines and the best precautions to take this season.
Currently, every single adult in Maryland is eligible to receive a vaccine, and children ages 5 to 11 are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. To find your closest vaccine clinic and get prepared for a vaccine appointment, click here. Additionally, as folks spend more time at holiday gatherings, I encourage everyone to get tested if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or have had recent exposure to someone with the virus. With hundreds of testing sites in Maryland, you can find one by clicking here.
It’s important to note that we are not where we were a year ago in the fight against COVID-19. Our state and country have the resources and the tools to better protect our communities, and with three safe and effective vaccines and new treatments and therapies, we can stay ahead of this virus. It starts with you and your household: get vaccinated today.
As always, I encourage all Fifth District residents to continue to share their concerns and insights with me by contacting my office or connecting with me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. If you are experiencing a personal difficulty such as issues accessing veterans benefits or another problem regarding a federal agency and you wish for my office to place an inquiry on your behalf, please complete the casework request form by clicking here.
Steny H. Hoyer