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February 03, 2021

Bourdeaux Asks FEMA to Place Vaccine Distribution Center in 7th Congressional District

WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) requested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) place a vaccine distribution center in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District. According to the latest state profile report from the White House, Gwinnett and Forsyth Counties both rank among the top counties in the state with new cases of COVID-19, with Gwinnett number one. Under the Biden Administration’s vaccine distribution plan, FEMA will be responsible for establishing federally-supported community vaccine centers across the country, with the goal of setting up 100 sites in the next month. 

“My district is home to low-income communities who have been devastated by the pandemic and struggling to access the resources necessary to stabilize their lives and that of their families,” Congresswoman Bourdeaux said in the letter. “I have already raised serious concerns about our teachers and students returning to the classroom without a robust plan to provide a safe teaching and learning environment. The addition of a vaccine distribution center in this district will help us tackle the challenges we face from this virus.”

“The 7th Congressional District is one of the most diverse districts in the country, home to many communities of color and immigrant communities that are being underserved by vaccine distribution across the country. Just this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that Black and Hispanic people are getting vaccinated against coronavirus at much lower rates than white people, despite being disproportionately hit by the pandemic. Over 60 percent of those vaccinated were white, 11.5 percent were Hispanic, 6 percent were Asian, and just over 5 percent were Black. Placing a vaccine distribution center in this area of the country will not only help to move the process of vaccine distribution forward, but will also help address gaps that we are seeing in distributing the vaccine across racial and ethnic communities.”

The full letter from Rep. Bourdeaux is available here