White House Announces Community Health Center Vaccination Program

The Biden-Harris Administration announced efforts to ensure that the nation’s hardest-hit populations are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Starting the week of Feb. 15, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) will begin directly receiving vaccine supply. This program is part of a broader effort to ensure all communities are being reached in the national push to get people vaccinated. Community vaccination centers in underserved areas, the retail pharmacy program, mobile clinics, and efforts to increase vaccine confidence are also key tools to help states and communities vaccinate their most vulnerable populations. According to the administration, the program to directly distribute vaccine to FQHCs will be slowly phased in, with limited supply. Initially, only 25 health centers across the country will receive direct distribution of vaccine, and none of these health centers is in Pennsylvania. The following several weeks, vaccine will be sent directly to 250 of the nation’s 1,400 FQHCs. The Administration will increase overall, weekly vaccine supply to states, Tribes, and territories to 11 million doses nationwide, a 28 percent increase since taking office on Jan. 20.