The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been provided funding to support local efforts to increase vaccine uptake by expanding COVID-19 vaccine programs and ensuring more equitable and accessible vaccine access to non equally affected by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
The awards are part of $ 3 billion in funding provided by the CDC to 64 jurisdictions to strengthen vaccine distribution, access, and administration efforts. Funding is made available to the American Rescue Plan and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act and will provide critical support through existing CDC vaccination cooperative agreements with communities across the country.
“We’re doing everything we can to expand access to vaccines,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH. “Millions of Americans are vaccinated every day, but we need to make sure we reach those in the communities most affected by this disease. This investment will support state and local health departments and organizations. community-based as they work along the main lines to increase vaccine access, admission, and companionship. ”
To ensure fair health and expand access to COVID-19 vaccines:
- 75% of total funding should focus on specific programs and initiatives intended to increase vaccine access, admission, and access among diverse and ethnic minority communities; and,
- 60% should go to support local health departments, community -based organizations, and community health centers.
For example, funds could be used to identify and train trusted community members to do door-to-door preaching to raise awareness about COVID-19 vaccines and help individuals sign up for instructions. Funds could also be used to support the hiring of community health workers who make good bilingual relationships so they can provide people receiving the information they need to get free immunizations.
These awards are part of the ongoing efforts of the CDC and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to increase public education, knowledge, and access to COVID-19 vaccines and strengthen justice in health.
- Last week, HHS launchedexternal icon the COVID-19 Community Corpsexternal icon – a nationwide, community-led network of grassroots that people know and trust, to encourage Americans to get vaccinated. Community Corps members will receive weekly updates with the latest scientific and medical updates, vaccine-discussed points, social media suggestions, infographics, factheets that are timely and accurate. information, and tools to help people register for an appointment and get vaccinated. The Community Corps was launched on Thursday, April 1 with more than 275 founding members, and as of Friday, April 2, more than 3,000 have already signed up.
- The CDC plans to provide more than $ 250 million to community-based organizations serving minority or non-minority communities to support their efforts to reach COVID-19, including connecting members with community with health and immunization services.
- HHS’s Office of Minority Health has also invested $ 250 million to promote COVID-19 safety and vaccination among undocumented populations in minority communities.
- HHS, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will invest more than $ 6 billion from the American Rescue Plan into Community Health Centers nationwide to expand COVID-19 vaccination, testing, and treatment for weak population.
- Reported by CDC a plans to invest $ 2.25 billion to address health disparities related to COVID-19 and promote health equity among the at-risk and underserved population by providing public health departments.
- The CDC, too plans to provide $ 300 million of jurisdictions for the services of community health workers to support the prevention and prevention of COVID-19 and to address differences in access to COVID-19-related services, such as testing, monitoring in contact, and vaccinations, as well as an additional $ 32 million for training, technical assistance, and evaluation.
For information on where to provide funds, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/php/funding-update.pdfpdf icon