HHS' $350M COVID-19 vaccine initiative

The well being assets and providers Administration will distribute $350 million to fund COVID-19 vaccination efforts at group well being facilities, the well being and Human providers division agency introduced Tuesday.

This announcement comes one week after President Joe Biden requested Congress for the third time to make extra COVID-19 funding out there to put together for a winter surge, pace up evaluation for prolonged COVID, develop new vaccines and coverings, and ease the transition of vaccines and therapeutics to the industrial market. Congress did not current the money Biden beforehand requested ensuing from objections from Republican lawmakers.

“These funds will be sure that people who dwell in underserved communities have entry to up thus far COVID-19 vaccines this winter by way of group-based mostly vaccination occasions hosted by healthcare suppliers and organizations they notion,” HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson mentioned inside the information launch.

HRSA-funded group well being facilities and people who obtained American Rescue Plan funding are eligible for the money. The agency encourages well being facilities to enhance hours and off-website vaccine areas collectively with rising transportation and translation providers.

The nationwide COVID-19 vaccination advertising campaign has sputtered after extreme demand when pictures first grew to become out there to most of the people final 12 months.

As of Nov. 15, better than 228 million people had gotten their first two pictures, and 35.three million people aged 5 and over had obtained bivalent boosters, in line with facilities for illness administration and Prevention knowledge. About eighty% of the inhabitants has obtained at the very least one dose, whereas eleven.three% have gotten all of the out there pictures, collectively with the latest booster. On Nov. 15, about forty,000 obtained COVID-19 vaccines in contrast with 1.6 million on the identical date in 2021.

Nationally, 280,711 new COVID-19 circumstances had been reported final week and hospitalizations had been up 1.7% from the earlier seven days, the CDC reported.