On Thursday, May 13, Ana, a resident of Maryland, arrived for her Johnson & Johnson vaccine near the end of the day. It was a true family affair; her niece, who had been vaccinated at the center, accompanied her. Friends and family had recommended the site. “I feel good. I did it for my health, for my children, for my family. I need to be well, that's why I decided to come to get vaccinated,” Ana said, when asked why she got vaccinated.
“The FEMA Community Vaccination Center in Greenbelt has played a key role in the state’s efforts to fight COVID-19,” said Maryland Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Russ Strickland. “This is a truly rewarding partnership between state, local and federal agencies to help keep Maryland residents safe.”
“The Greenbelt CVC has showcased the combined effort of a whole community, from the federal partners, state, local, private sector and volunteers who have been instrumental in achieving this amazing milestone,” said FEMA Region 3 Acting Regional Administrator, Janice Barlow. “It’s a privilege to serve the community and we will continue to do so.”
The center, located in the Greenbelt Metro Station parking lot, is currently providing the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccinations for residents. The free vaccine only requires one shot, not two, and is approved for individuals 18 years and older according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The J&J vaccine is provided by appointment and the center is accepting walk-ins. Appointments can be scheduled at massvax.maryland.gov with the option to choose the time the resident wishes to receive the vaccine.
Reasonable accommodation for people with access and functional needs is available as well as onsite interpretation in eight spoken languages, and American Sign Language, Certified Deaf Interpretation and Sensory Interpretation.
The Greenbelt Metro Community Vaccination Center is open seven days a week, through June 1. The hours of operation are Monday-Tuesday 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Wednesday-Thursday from noon – 8 p.m.; and Friday- Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The federally operated center is a joint effort between the State of Maryland, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), the Department of Defense and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA Region 3’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.