The first COVID-19 vaccination site run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Maryland will open in Prince George’s County at the Greenbelt Metro Station on April 7.
FEMA has already provided personnel and infrastructure to a vaccination site in Waldorf, according to a news release from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. The Greenbelt site will be the first in the state to be federally operated.
The community vaccination center is expected to administer up to 3,000 doses per day, according to Hogan’s news release.
Prince George’s County has reported more COVID-19 cases than any other county in the state, according to data from the Maryland Department of Health. About 10 percent of the county’s population is fully vaccinated — the lowest rate out of any county in the state.
“I mean it when I tell you that I love the people of Greenbelt and will do everything in my power to ensure that more Greenbelters are vaccinated more quickly, more easily, and more equitably,” Greenbelt Mayor Colin Byrd wrote in a Facebook post.
FEMA selected the Greenbelt site based on data analysis, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Social Vulnerability Index and input from local and state partners, according to FEMA’s website.
“We are grateful to the White House, FEMA, and all of our federal partners for working with us to expand our vaccination campaign in Prince George’s County and across the state,” Hogan said in the news release. “These vaccines are safe and effective, and when your turn arrives, we urge Marylanders to get vaccinated.”
This story has been updated.