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CDC gives Arkansas over $29M to expand COVID-19 vaccine programs

Funding can be used for innovative partnerships with community-based organizations to increase vaccine uptake.

ARKANSAS, USA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded Arkansas $29,127,271 to support local efforts to increase vaccine uptake by expanding COVID-19 vaccine programs.

The award is part of $3 billion in funding that CDC has granted to 64 jurisdictions to bolster broad-based vaccine distribution, access and administration efforts and will provide critical support through CDC’s existing immunization cooperative agreements in communities around the country. 

“We are doing everything we can to expand access to vaccinations,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH. “Millions of Americans are getting vaccinated every day, but we need to ensure that we are reaching those in the communities hit hardest by this pandemic. This investment will support state and local health departments and community-based organizations as they work on the frontlines to increase vaccine access, acceptance, and uptake.”

The funding was made available by the American Rescue Plan and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.

To ensure health equity and expanded access to COVID-19 vaccines:

  • 75% of the total funding must focus on specific programs and initiatives intended to increase vaccine access, acceptance, and uptake among racial and ethnic minority communities; and,
  • 60% must go to support local health departments, community-based organizations, and community health centers.

For information on where funds will be distributed, please click here.

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