Rural communities to get practically $1 billion for COVID response

The Biden administration on Tuesday made accessible practically $1 billion to assist rural communities reply to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The administration goals to extend the variety of vaccines despatched to rural areas, develop testing and different COVID-19 safety companies, in addition to attempt to bolster confidence within the vaccines and fight vaccine hesitancy.

“Rural well being suppliers are important to make sure fairness in COVID-19 testing, vaccinations and in ensuring rural residents have the details about vaccine security, particularly for populations who’re at an elevated danger for COVID-19 an infection or extreme sickness as a result of systemic well being and social inequities and geographic isolation,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra mentioned in a press release.

Greater than 4,600 rural well being clinics will get $460 million via the Well being Assets and Companies Administration’s Rural Well being Clinic COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Program. Every clinic may rise up to $100,000 beginning this summer season. The company will grant practically $400 million extra to small rural hospitals and critical-access hospitals. These hospitals may obtain as much as $230,000 from HRSA later this 12 months.

Rural well being clinics may get funding to handle vaccine hesitancy via the Rural Well being Clinic