Darren Soto: Central Florida Health Care Getting $10.6 Million in Stimulus Funds for COVID-19 Vaccines, Treatments

At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto announces that Central Florida Health Care will receive $10.6 million in stimulus funds to offer more COVID-19 vaccines for underserved Floridians.

The funds come from the $1.9 trillion stimulus package that Congress approved and that President Joe Biden signed into law last month.

Soto weighed in on the funds on Friday.

“Our Community Health Centers have been critical players in our response to COVID-19,” said Soto. “This week, I visited Central Florida Health Care to see how the American Rescue Plan is already helping our community defeat the coronavirus. I was happy to announce that more help is on the way so doctors and nurses can redouble their efforts to get more shots in arms and save more lives!”

“Central Florida Health Care is very excited to receive this funding that will allow us to take better care of our patients and our community members,” said Ann Claussen, the CEO of Central Florida Health Care.

The funds will be used 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; and expand health centers’ operational capacity during the pandemic and beyond, including modifying and improving physical infrastructure and adding mobile units.”

First elected to Congress in 2016 after serving in both chambers of the Florida Legislature, Soto has been active on technology issues during his time on Capitol Hill. He co-chairs the New Democrat Coalition’s Technology Task Force and is a co-chair of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus. He is also part of the Democratic leadership as an assistant regional whip.

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

 

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