Rhode Island getting more than $33M to boost vaccinations

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Eight community health centers across Rhode Island are sharing more than $33 million in federal funding to boost coronavirus vaccination efforts, authorities said Monday.

The funding is Rhode Island’s portion of $6 billion in federal allocations to community health centers nationwide meant to expand vaccine access to underserved communities and to support essential workers, according to a statement from the office U.S. Sen. Jack Reed.

While more doses of vaccine are coming to Rhode Island, more needs to be done to increase vaccination rates and this new funding will help immunize in communities that have been hit hardest, the statement said.

The facilities in Rhode Island receiving grants are Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, Inc. in Pawtucket; Comprehensive Community Action Family Health Services in Cranston; East Bay Community Action Program in Newport; Northwest Community Health Care in Pascoag; Providence Community Health Centers; Thundermist Health Center in Woonsocket; Tri-County Community Action Agency in Johnston; and Wood River Health Services, Inc. in Hope Valley.

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