The Health Center Covid-19 Vaccine Program is a major step toward vaccinating the migrant workforce, keeping America’s agricultural operations unobstructed, the White House says.

By Liz Carey

Daily Yonder

While some rural areas are struggling to use all the vaccines they’ve been given, a new program from the Biden Administration is helping others get the vaccinations they need.

Administrated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Health Center Covid-19 Vaccine Program is designed to ship doses of the vaccines directly to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), many in rural areas, as a way to get shots into arms of those disproportionately affected by the disease – the homeless, public housing residents and migrant workers.

“There are more than 1,300 Community Health Centers serving almost 30 million people across the country,” the White House said in a statement. “Two-thirds of the population that these centers serve are living at or below the federal poverty line and 60 percent are racial and/or ethnic minorities. The program will be phased in, with the first centers able to start ordering vaccines as early as the week of February 15. The initial phase will include at least one Community Health Center in each state, expanding to 250 centers in the coming weeks.”

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