$6.7M announced for community health centers to expand COVID vaccine rollout

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This picture taken on November 17, 2020 shows a syringe and a bottle reading “Vaccine Covid-19. (Photo by JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images)

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) — It was announced on Thursday that $6,718,750 is being awarded to two Capital Region community health centers to expand COVID-19 vaccine access. This funding is part of the American Rescue Plan.

Capital Region community health centers being awarded American Rescue Plan funding include:

  • Whitney M. Young, Jr., Health Center, Inc. in Albany ($3,461,750)
  • Schenectady Family Health Services, Inc. in Schenectady ($3,257,000)

Under the American Rescue Plan, New York State will receive a total of $396,801,375 to support 63 health centers in the vaccine effort. The community health centers can use the funding to:

  • Expand COVID-19 vaccinations, testing and treatment for vulnerable populations
  • Deliver preventive and primary health care services to people at higher risk for COVID-19
  • Expand health centers’ operational capacity during the pandemic and beyond, including modifying and improving physical infrastructure and adding mobile units

“Delivering these key investments will help the many leaders who are working to get vaccines in arms in some of our region’s most underserved communities, a key step as we work to better support our neighbors and overcome this crisis,” Congressman Tonko said.

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