Beatty Leads National “Get Out the Vaccine” Initiative
COLUMBUS, OH—U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03), Chair of the powerful Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), is spearheading the nationwide effort to ensure that more Americans receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Billed as “Get Out the Vaccine,” or GOTV, and running from May 1, 2021 through May 8, 2021, the weeklong, public awareness, education, and outreach program is occurring in congressional districts across the country.
“I am determined to save more of my constituents’ lives,” Beatty said during the official GOTV kickoff press conference in front of the Columbus Urban League. “Whether you walk-up or drive-up, we want to make sure you vax-up” She concluded, “We must come together as Black, Brown, and White Americans to do our part and get the shot.”
In addition to the Columbus Urban League drive-up vax-up, New Salem Baptist Church served as a pop-up vaccination site. Both facilities were open for appointments and walk-ups Saturday, May 1st, and Sunday, May 2nd.
Continuing her push to get out the vaccine, Beatty held her GOTV Telephone Town Hall on Monday, May 3, 2021. Broadcast live from the Celeste Center, the City of Columbus’ mobile vaccine facility, constituents of Ohio’s Third Congressional District were invited to participate, and the special event was streamed on Beatty’s Facebook page. During the telephone town hall, Beatty and a panel of leading Central Ohio medical experts fielded questions on vaccine availability, safety, and efficacy, as well as additional resources and support services for workers, families, and small businesses, and whole host of related topics. Panelists included: Dr. Joshua Joseph, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, The Ohio State University; Dr. Reversa Joseph, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, The Ohio State University; and Dr. Mysheika Roberts, Health Commissioner, Columbus Public Health.
“Today is all about education and awareness and making a difference in our community,” Beatty noted at the beginning of the telephone town hall. “Black Americans have disproportionately been impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic, and it is now more important than ever to continue to get out the vaccine.” She added, “That is why I am proud to be joined by some of the best, brightest, and most brilliant medical minds to answer questions and make sure we are all equipped with the information to put our health and safety first.”