More than 15,000 people are heading to the site for vaccinations every day, but many of them are coming from homes outside of Prince George’s County.
Prince George’s County, which is over 60% Black or African American – and one of the hardest-hit counties in terms of positive cases – makes up 15% of the state population but are only around 7% have gotten the first dose.
The county has been the epicenter of the pandemic since it arrived in the DMV last year – but some health officials say there aren’t enough Prince George’s County residents coming to the mass vaccination center and other locations.
They say people are coming from 20 of Maryland’s 22 counties – but precious few are coming from one of the state’s most densely populated jurisdictions.
They want to find out what the problem might be – whether it’s a language concern or fears that the vaccine may not be safe.
Some of the trusted sources they’re reaching out to now to improve community confidence include local churches.