On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., showcased how the recent $1.9 trillion federal stimulus package is helping fight COVID-19 in North Florida.
Lawson said that six North Florida Community Health Centers will get $21,152,500 to help with vaccines, part of $6 billion included in the stimulus to expand vaccination efforts in underserved communities.
“The pandemic has hit Floridians hard, and this crucial funding to our local health centers will help families across Florida’s fifth district,” Lawson said. “The centers can use the funding to expand COVID-19 vaccinations, testing and treatment for vulnerable populations, as well as deliver preventive and primary health care services to people at higher risk for COVID-19. More help is on the way as we work to get more shots in arms and save more lives.”
The North Florida Medical Center in Tallahassee will get $5,087,500 while the Neighborhood Medical Center, also in Tallahassee, will receive $4,355,000. The Florida Department of Health in Tallahassee will get $3,674,500 while $2,672,000 is headed to the Bond Community Health Center in Tallahassee.
Over in Jacksonville, the I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless will get $2,904,375
and the Agape Community Health Center is penciled in for $2,456,125.
“The funding will help to expand the health centers’ operational capacity during the pandemic and beyond, including modifying and improving physical infrastructure and adding mobile units,” Lawson’s office noted. “The American Rescue Plan supports 47 health centers in Florida, totaling $368,104,250.”
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