Mississippi is scheduled to receive nearly $200 million from the recently passed federal appropriations and pandemic relief bills to support COVID-19 testing and vaccination efforts.
U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Friday that the award is coming through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC funding to Mississippi follows a population-based formula directive.
The allocation of $171.3 million for testing and $26.8 million for vaccination activities in Mississippi is drawn from the FY2021 appropriations bills and targeted pandemic relief package approved by Congress in late December.
“We all recognize ongoing stress caused by the coronavirus pandemic on our hospitals, health workers, and importantly the lives of all Mississippians,” Hyde-Smith said in a statement. “This initial $198 million from the most recent COVID-19 response package will help us with testing and the distribution of the vaccines that can help us control this virus,”
The $171,302,324 will support testing, contract tracing, containment, and mitigation to monitor and suppress the spread of COVID-19. Another $26,892,045 will support a range of COVID-19 vaccination activities in Mississippi.