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August 31, 2021

Rep. David Trone Releases PSAs Encouraging Marylanders to get the COVID-19 Vaccine

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August 31, 2021

Contact: Hannah Muldavin, Hannah.Muldavin@mail.house.gov 

Rep. David Trone Releases PSAs Encouraging Marylanders to get the COVID-19 Vaccine 

Rep. David Trone with Michele Martz, President of UPMC Western Maryland. Watch the full PSA here.

WASHINGTON — In honor of National Immunization Month and in light of recent reports showing that the COVID-19 vaccination rate among Western Marylanders is especially low, Representative David Trone (MD-06) released a series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) encouraging Marylanders to get the COVID vaccine. 

Watch the PSA with Rep. David Trone, here.

Watch the PSA with Rep. Trone and Michele Martz, President of UPMC Western Maryland, here.

Watch the PSA with Rep. Trone and Mark Boucot, CEO and President of Garrett Regional Medical Center, here.

“We all need to do our part to end this pandemic once and for all by getting vaccinated against COVID-19,” said Representative David Trone. “If you are tired of wearing masks, of social distancing, of watching your loved ones get infected with this horrible illness, then please do your part and get vaccinated.” 

The PSAs featured Michele Martz, President of UPMC Western Maryland, and Mark Boucot, CEO and President of Garrett Regional Medical Center. All of the videos emphasized how safe and effective the vaccine is. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the COVID-19 vaccines have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. Additionally, unvaccinated people are 29 times more likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19. While most of the vaccines are still approved for emergency use, last week the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave full approval to the Pfizer vaccine which is 91% effective in preventing COVID-19.

Although 80% of Maryland residents have received at least one dose, Garrett and Allegany County are falling behind. According to the Maryland Department of Health, only 41% of Allegany County residents and 39% of Garrett County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Trone serves on the Appropriations, Veterans’ Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees in the 117th Congress and previously served on the Education and Labor and Foreign Affairs Committees. In Congress, Trone is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the mental health and addiction crises, criminal justice reform, and funding for medical research.

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