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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Lawrence, Bishop Vann, and Federal and Local Michigan Leaders Conclude Mass Vaccination Week and Renew Call for Michiganders to get Vaccinated

May 8, 2021
Press Release

Detroit, MI - Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) concluded Mass Vaccination Week and renewed her call for Michiganders to get vaccinated. She was joined by Second Ebenezer Church’s Bishop Edgar L. Vann II, U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), U.S. Representative Haley Stevens (MI-11), Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, and the Office of Wayne County Executive Warren Evans. Throughout this week, Rep. Lawrence spearheaded a week-long initiative to increase accessibility to the COVID-19 vaccine by collaborating with local walk-up mass vaccination sites throughout the 14th District. She also partnered with local governments and community organizations to raise awareness of the vaccine.

“I’m incredibly grateful for all our community partners and vaccination clinics who helped make Mass Vaccination Week a success. While we were able to get more Michiganders vaccinated, our work is far from over,” said Rep. Lawrence. “We have to get our numbers up, especially in the Black community and other communities that have been hardest hit by this pandemic. We’ve been on the coronavirus highway for far too long, and our exit is the vaccine. I urge every Michigander to make a plan to get vaccinated, because this is how we will get our community and our country back to normal.”

“When asked by Mayor Duggan to be one of the first community vaccination sites in the City of Detroit, we enthusiastically embraced the opportunity. We have gone now for about 16 weeks vaccinating thousands at Second Ebenezer Church. We are very proud,” said Bishop Vann. “We understand that we have quite a way to go in the City of Detroit to reach an appreciable amount of immunity. We are standing tall with the Honorable Brenda Lawrence, the Michigan Congressional Delegation, the City of Detroit, and Mayor Duggan to make sure, and to ensure, that every Detroiter has the opportunity to get vaccinated. And we urge every Detroiter to get vaccinated.”

“As we must remain steadfast in following COVID-19 safety protocols, we must also remain steadfast in getting ourselves, family, friends, and neighbors vaccinated,” said Rep. Tlaib. “The science is clear: these vaccines are safe and effective. It is also clear that if we have any hope of returning to normalcy any time soon, Michiganders must get vaccinated. I am proud to join my fellow Michigan representatives in calling for them to do so. Lives—and our ability to finally reunite as a safe, healthy community—depend on it.”

“A huge thank you to the Second Ebenezer Church for hosting us today. It is mass vaccine sites like this that are doing the critical work of getting Michiganders vaccinated,” said Rep. Stevens. “The end of this deadly pandemic is in sight, but it is incumbent upon all of us to do our part and get vaccinated. If you have already been vaccinated, I encourage your family, friends and coworkers to do the same. All three COVID-19 vaccines are safe, highly effective and free for all Americans. Go get your shot today!”

“We’ve lost too many neighbors across the City of Detroit because of COVID-19 and the only way we can put this chapter behind us is to make sure everyone gets vaccinated,” said Mayor Duggan. “We've made Detroit one of the easiest places in the country to find a vaccine and we are grateful to Congresswoman Lawrence for helping to encourage more Detroiters to get vaccinated so we can all get back to normal.”

“The two most important things we can do right now is to get vaccinated ourselves, and we need to reach out to our relatives and close friends and help them get vaccinated, too,” said Wayne County Executive Evans. “The only way we are going to end this pandemic and get back to normal is for everyone to get their shot. It is safe. It is free. And it is widely available. I got mine, you should, too.”

U.S. Reps. Dan Kildee (MI-05), Andy Levin (MI-09), and Debbie Dingell (MI-12) also joined the call for Michiganders to get vaccinated.

“I want to thank Representative Lawrence and the Congressional Black Caucus for their hard work to ensure that every Michigander has access to the coronavirus vaccine,” said Rep. Kildee. “Safe and effective vaccines are our way out of this pandemic. By getting vaccinated, you are protecting yourself, your loved ones and your community.”

“Mass vaccination week was a tremendous success, but we can’t let up now,” said Rep. Levin. “Even as cases and hospitalizations come down from our latest peak, I urge Michiganders to continue following public health guidelines and getting vaccinated as soon as possible. I am so thankful to the community leaders and public health officials in Macomb and Oakland Counties who are working every day to overcome the pandemic by championing public health measures and increasing access to and awareness of the COVID-19 vaccine.”

“This week, my neighbor’s son passed away from COVID. The virus is still rampant and impacting our communities in Michigan – we need to take it seriously and protect ourselves,” said Rep Dingell. “Today, I am Downriver working at vaccine clinics helping to get shots in arms and spreading the word about the protection needed to save lives. I was afraid to get the vaccine at first, there were so many unknowns. But I know it’s the only way to protect our communities, jumpstart our economy, and get people back to work.”

Michiganders can find a vaccine location here