Mississippi is to receive around $29.7 million from the CDC to help the state with it’s COVID-19 vaccination goals, according to an article by the Associated Press.
The funding is part of a larger $3 billion relief approved by Congress, which is meant to support the vaccination effort, focusing on minority populations.
In a quote given to the AP, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky stated, “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.”
To date, Mississippi has given over 1.3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with more than half-a-million residents fully vaccinated. Efforts to push vaccinations have not slowed.
The funding would allow for the training of community leaders and members to conduct outreach programs and help those who have yet to get the vaccine sign up for appointments and also allow for the hiring of more community health workers.