GoVAX uses sound truck to spread info in Prince George’s neighborhoods

A sound truck will make its way through Prince George’s County neighborhoods starting Saturday in an effort to reach those who have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The outreach is part of Maryland Department of Health’s efforts to encourage individuals to get vaccinated.

 

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The mobile public education unit will hit the 20783 zip code Saturday and continue through other targeted areas for the next six days from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The messaging will focus on the safety and efficacy and the importance of getting vaccinated, tested if exposed to COVID-19 and maintaining social distancing and mask-wearing. It is part of a grassroots effort of the statewide GoVAX campaign.

Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk, who represents parts of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties, said the 20783 zip code is one of the hardest hit areas of the state.

 

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“Who lives in 20783? Immigrants. Latinos. It’s the towns of Hyattsville, Langley Park, Adelphi and Chillum. I am passionate about being a GoVAX Ambassador because it is no surprise to me that Black and Brown people are being affected the most by COVID-19.”

The truck will be outfitted with COVID-19 informational banners and will broadcast in both English and Spanish. Flyers in both languages will also be distributed and free face masks will be provided.

Mark Martin, deputy director of MDH’s Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, said the sound truck was first used in Baltimore’s 21224 zip code to help lower the spread of COVID-19.

“The sound truck is one of many outreach activities we will be using as part of the GoVAX campaign to bring information and resources to underserved communities and vulnerable populations across the state.”