Rhode Island health centers to receive $2M in funding for COVID-19 vaccines in “undeserved populations”

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Rhode Island delegation announced Saturday that over $2 million in federal funding will be split between eight communities to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines.

A release from Sen. Jack Reed states that the funding comes from a new $350 million initiative administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Health Resources and Services Administration.

The intention of this new program is to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates in “underserved populations,” as well as “improve outreach to vulnerable communities.”

The following is a list of community health centers in Rhode Island set to receive funding:

  • Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, Inc. (Pawtucket): $229,180
  • Comprehensive Community Action, Inc. (Cranston): $205,879
  • East Bay Community Action Program (Newport): $137,299
  • Northwest Community Health Center (Pascoag): $195,313
  • Providence Community Health Centers, Inc. (Providence): $576,832
  • Thundermist Health Center (Woonsocket): $517,522
  • Tri-County Community Action Agency (Johnston): $112,513
  • Wood River Health Services, Inc. (Hope Valley): $112,126

“It is important that we continue to boost vaccine delivery and increase access while giving folks more chances to protect themselves against COVID-19,” said Sen. Reed. “This injection of federal funding will help Rhode Island’s community health centers deliver more vaccinations to some of our state’s most vulnerable residents.”

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