Kuster Highlights COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy, Resources for Granite Staters During Energy and Commerce Hearing with Nick Offerman
**‘Parks and Recreation’ Actor and woodworker Nick Offerman joined the E&C hearing to highlight the importance of getting vaccinated**
Washington, May 26, 2021
Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, participated in a Subcommittee hearing entitled, "A Shot at Normalcy: Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence." During the hearing, Kuster questioned Parks and Recreation actor and woodworker Nick Offerman and experts about vaccine efficacy, the importance of Americans getting their vaccines, and resources available for those who have yet to receive their shot.
“As we continue efforts in New Hampshire and across the country to get COVID-19 shots into arms, we must address practical challenges to accessing the vaccine and ensure we are reaching people where they are so no one goes unvaccinated simply because they didn’t know where to go or who to ask,” said Rep. Kuster. “I want to thank all of our panelists for joining the Energy and Commerce Committee today to discuss resources for those who still have questions about coronavirus vaccines and the importance of getting vaccinated, as well as practical steps to receive their vaccine.”
“I encourage everyone to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their loved ones, and our communities, and so they can safely return to most pre-pandemic activities,” Rep. Kuster continued. “Walk-in vaccines are available at many NH locations — for more information and to find a vaccination site near you, visit https://www.vaccines.nh.gov/.”
“I understand that some Americans are hesitant to get the vaccine, so I wanted to jump on this opportunity to get a positive message out to them,” said Nick Offerman in prepared testimony for today’s hearing. “I urge anyone who has not yet been vaccinated to catch my enthusiasm for the smart people who are about to speak. Medicine doesn’t care who you voted for. We amazing humans have created a vaccine that serves the common good. The vaccine doesn’t take sides unless you count alive vs. dead.”
Witnesses at today’s hearing included:
Actor and Woodworker
Saad Omer, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., M.P.H., F.I.D.S.A.
Director, Yale Institute for Global Health, Yale University
J. Nadine Gracia, M.D., M.S.C.E.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Trust for America's Health
Amy Pisani, M.S.
Executive Director, Vaccinate Your Family
Karen Shelton, M.D.
Director, Mount Rogers Health District, Virginia Department of Health
Kuster has been a leading voice in Congress to bolster and quicken our nationwide vaccine rollout. In January, Kuster introduced the Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act to improve and expand real-time communication between state and federal governments, as well as public and private health care providers, to ensure vaccines are being administered effectively and efficiently across all states and territories. Also this year, Kuster introduced the Coronavirus Vaccine and Therapeutic Development Act to ensure that the U.S. will be able to mass-produce and administer COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics quickly and efficiently. Funding modeled after both of these bills was included in the American Rescue Plan Act.