HRSA Announces National Health Center COVID Vaccination Program
February 9, 2021
Today, the Biden Administration has announced a new program to directly allocate vaccine to community health centers. A joint program between the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will start allocating a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine to select HRSA-funded health centers starting the week of February 15.
This will be an incremental effort as more vaccine becomes available and will be carried out in coordination with the jurisdictions and health centers. This program complements existing jurisdictional efforts to ensure equitable and effective access by providing an additional vaccine supply directly to targeted HRSA-funded health centers that specialize in caring for disproportionately affected populations.
The first cohort of 250 health centers will be selected for serving a large volume of one of the following populations:
Individuals experiencing homelessness
Public housing residents
Migrant/seasonal agricultural workers, or
Patients with limited English proficiency
The Administration plans to expand the program as more vaccine becomes available.