FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2021
Alexandria Councilwoman Amy B. Jackson Reacts to the
Implementation of the City’s Phase 1b COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution for Teachers
Alexandria, VA – Today, Alexandria City Councilwoman Amy B. Jackson, who is a former FCPS educator and the only mother on the Alexandria City Council of two elementary school age students attending ACPS who are virtually learning from home, applauds the roll out of the Phase 1b COVID-19 Vaccination in Alexandria today.
“I deeply regret that I was not able to attend today’s event and stand along side the Governor of Virginia, Mayor, City Manager, Health Director, and ACPS Superintendent and ACPS staff in our unified stance of strength and support for the implementation of administering the COVID-19 Phase 1b vaccination distribution throughout our City,” states Councilwoman Amy Jackson.
“As the mom of two young children attending ACPS virtual learning program from home, it does not escape me that this is happening during school hours which does not allow me to be in attendance of this celebratory occasion,” Jackson said. “It’s been a long 10 months to get to this point, but this is the turning point. We will look back on this health crisis, economic crisis, in our City, and know we will be stronger because of how we reacted to this challenge. I, along with so many other parents and educators, am optimistic at this turn of events this health crisis is taking with the allowance of this medical miracle. I am hopeful this is the point at which now a solid strategic plan will be realized for the re-opening of our City’s public schools.”
Jackson continues, “Our family has been in the high risk category since the beginning of this global pandemic, and as a mother who is negotiating childcare issues as well as an elected city legislator, it continues to be a privilege to serve this great city, through electronic means when necessary. We, as a City, have proven that we are able to succinctly commence the 1b Covid-19 dosage to our healthcare workers, first responders, public safety employees, the elder population, and ACPS educators – a welcome relief to our community without a skip in the beat of governance. I celebrate surmounting this obstacle with our community, from our virtual school here at home,” Jackson adds.
Councilwoman Amy Jackson concludes, “I am proud and grateful to those on the front lines here in Alexandria and around our Commonwealth, who are working with our children; working to get us through this global, national, local health crisis. Please continue to be safe: wash your hands, continue social distancing guidelines, use the Rule of 10 for gathering, stay within your family unit, stay home if you can, use takeout from local restaurants, and #MaskUpALX.”
The City of Alexandria's Website has valuable information about our COVID-19 response, testing and vaccinations. Please click the link below for more information.
Always assisting our Alexandria community, COVID-19 has reinforced the need for ALIVE's initiatives of the collection of food for distribution to those in need and has also begun the Alexandria Eviction Prevention Partnership (AEPP) with the City for those experiencing current housing insecurity due to the pandemic.
In partnership with the City of Alexandria, ACT for Alexandria created this Fund to assist our community during the COVID-19 crisis. Please click the link below for more information or to donate to the ACT's Resilience Fund.
Our Alexandria runs on volunteers. This is even more true now during the current global crisis. Please volunteer where and when you can - safely. Thank you.
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