CDC awards $50M to support COVID vaccine programs in Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given Wisconsin more than $50 million to expand the state’s COVID-19 vaccine programs.

The $53,608,760 will help increase vaccine uptake and provide greater access to those in underserved populations, according to a news release Tuesday.

The award is part of $3 billion in funding the CDC has granted to 64 jurisdictions.

“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 American Rescue Plan and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act helped make the funding available.

The award is part of ongoing efforts from the CDC and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to increase public education, awareness and access to COVID-19 vaccines.

More information on where the funds will be distributed can be found here.