In Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing, Underwood Urges FEMA to Prioritize Vaccination Support

March 17, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON— Yesterday, Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14) urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to prioritize supporting the COVID-19 vaccination rollout across the nation, including in northern Illinois. During the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, Underwood questioned Bob Fenton, Senior Official Performing the Duties of FEMA Administrator, on FEMA’s plans to use resources included in the American Rescue Plan to accelerate COVID-19 vaccinations, as well as on the agency’s work to increase vaccine access to people in rural and suburban communities. Underwood also emphasized that attention to equity is a critical component of the vaccine rollout and urged FEMA to issue clear guidance on vaccine availability as new vaccination sites open.  

“And after a year of grim milestones, including half a million dead, we finally have some new milestones worth celebrating, including over 100 million vaccine doses administered in the U.S. These developments are promising, but we’re not out of the woods yet. One of the most important and logistically challenging steps on our path back to normalcy is vaccination. We have a long road ahead before we reach herd immunity and it will take all of us to get there,” said Underwood. 

Underwood’s remarks can be found here.