Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama

Rep. Sewell Visits FEMA Vaccination Site in Bessemer to Encourage Constituents to Get Vaccinated

May 7, 2021
Press Release

Bessemer, AL - Today, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) visited the FEMA Community Vaccination Center site in Bessemer, Alabama to encourage residents to get vaccinated. Rep. Sewell visited the site as part of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Get Out the Vaccine (GOTV) Week, a public awareness, education, and outreach program occurring in Congressional districts across the country.

“Today I was thrilled to participate in the Congressional Black Caucus’ Get Out the Vaccine Week by visiting the FEMA Community Vaccination Center in Bessemer,” said Rep. Sewell. “This partnership between the FEMA, the state of Alabama, and Jefferson County is a testament to what can be achieved when we all work together. Getting shots in arms is how we save lives and finally put this pandemic behind us.”

“I understand why so many have concerns about getting vaccinated given the legacy of distrust created by the federal government,” continued Sewell. “But I know this for a fact. The vaccine has been rigorously tested. It is safe, it is effective, and it will protect you, your loved ones, and our whole community. Don’t wait, vaccinate!”

Background on the FEMA Community Vaccination Center in Bessemer, AL:

In April, FEMA partnered with the state of Alabama and Jefferson County to establish a Community Vaccination Center at the Watermark Place in Bessemer, Alabama. The site opened on April 21, 2021 and provides up to 7,000 vaccinations per week. Members of the Alabama National Guard are assisting with the administration of vaccines. 

Currently, all individuals age 16 and over are eligible for a vaccine. The site offers drive-thru vaccinations and can accommodate walk-ins. Residents can schedule an appointment by visiting or by calling 205-858-2221.

Background on the American Rescue Plan

The American Rescue Plan is a $1.9 trillion stimulus package that continues to provide crucial aid to families, workers, and communities suffering from the health and economic crises caused by COVID-19. Among its many resources, funding from the legislation is putting shots in arms with a $20 billion coordinated, nationwide vaccine program to:

  • Make sure we have enough vaccines for all Americans through research, development, manufacturing, production, and purchase.
  • Get vaccines out to all Americans quickly and equitably through community vaccination centers, mobile vaccination units and more.
  • Improve communication to strengthen confidence in the vaccine and make sure all Americans know when, where and how they can get one.

More details on the American Rescue Plan can be found here

More videos and photos of Rep. Sewell’s visit can be found here