Biden Administration Continues to Expand COVID-19 Vaccine Activities
This week, the Biden-Harris Administration announced continued expansions of its COVID-19 vaccine efforts. As a result of these expansions, the federal government anticipates by April 19 90 percent of adults in the U.S. will be eligible for a vaccine and 90 percent will have a vaccination site within five miles of where they live. Below, we highlight these activities:
- Federal Retail Pharmacy Program: The Biden-Harris Administration will expand the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program from 17,000 sites to nearly 40,000 within the next three weeks.
- Vaccines for Vulnerable and At-Risk Individuals: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will award nearly $100 million in funding to Aging and Disability Networks in every state and territory to help increase vaccinations among older adults and people with disabilities. The funding is anticipated to provide assistance with scheduling vaccine appointments, transportation to vaccine sites, direct support services needed to attend vaccine appointments, connection to in-home vaccination options, and education about the importance of receiving the vaccine to older adults and people with disabilities.
- Mass Community Vaccination Sites: The Biden-Harris Administration will also be launching a dozen new federally run vaccination sites across the country. The Administration notes equity and access are prioritized in the design of these federal community vaccination sites with reserved slots for disadvantaged groups and communities.
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