CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 5 office in Chicago encourages everyone to mobilize during the National Month of Action and help get more people vaccinated by July 4th.
“We want everyone to be able to go into the summer with the peace of mind that they are protected and they don’t risk spreading the virus to others,” said Kevin M. Sligh, acting regional administrator, FEMA Region 5. “We all have a part to play. Get everyone you know vaccinated so we can celebrate our country’s freedom and freedom from this terrible virus.”
Here are the things every American needs to know:
- It’s never been easier to get vaccinated. With more than 81,000 vaccination sites nationwide, walk-in options available and extended hours at many pharmacies in the month of June, people have options to get the vaccine when it’s convenient for them. Find your nearest vaccination site by using one of the many resources available: visit Vaccines.gov, text 4-3-8-8-2-9, or call the National COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline (1-800-232-0233).
- Get your vaccine and get free stuff. Thousands of employers and businesses have already stepped up to support vaccination efforts, including by offering incentives for vaccinations. Visit Vaccines.gov/incentives.html to find a list of all the incentives available—including free childcare for individuals getting vaccinated, gift cards, free tickets to professional sports games and a chance to win free cruises, flights and gaming systems.
- You can help get family and friends vaccinated. Visit WeCanDoThis.HHS.gov to sign up and volunteer.
The vaccine works: as more people get vaccinated, the more cases and death rates fall. During this National Month of Action let’s work hard to influence more of our friends, families and neighbors to get vaccinated by July 4th. For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine or where to find it, visit www.vaccines.gov.
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