(HealthDay News) — Another $10 billion in funding to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates in low-income, minority, and rural areas across the United States was announced Thursday by the Biden administration.
About $6 billion will go to community health centers to expand COVID-19 vaccinations, testing, and other preventive health measures for high-risk populations, the Associated Press reported. There will be $3 billion to boost “vaccine confidence” in 64 jurisdictions. That funding is available to rural, faith-based organizations and food assistance and housing nonprofit groups to do door-to-door outreach and education to encourage eligible people in low-income areas to make appointments for COVID-19 shots.
Some of that $3 billion will also be used by dialysis clinics to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to clients and staff, the AP reported. There will be about $300 million for community health worker services to support COVID-19 prevention and control and another $32 million for training, technical assistance, and evaluation, according to the White House.
The $10 billion in funding was announced Thursday and is part of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package passed earlier this month, the AP reported.