On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., announced $3 million in federal funds is headed to Florida’s Fifth Congressional District for community-based efforts to increase vaccinations in underserved communities.
The funding is a part of the American Rescue Plan, which passed on a party-line vote earlier this year and is being distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
“This investment will be used to hire and mobilize community outreach workers, community health workers, social support specialists and others to increase vaccine access for our hardest-hit and highest-risk communities,” Lawson said. “It will also support partnerships between academic and community-based organizations to improve COVID-19 health literacy. We must all work together to get more Americans vaccinated and save lives.”
Three organizations in North Florida will get $1 million each for vaccinations.
Madison County Hospital Health Systems, Inc. (Madison): $1,000,000
Managed Access to Child Health, Inc. (Jacksonville): $1,000,000
Neighborhood Medical Center, Inc. (Tallahassee): $1,000,000
HHS and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will be awarding $121 million to 127 award recipients nationwide.
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