Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Secure More Than $54.6 Million to Expand Equitable Distribution of the COVID-19 Vaccine and Boost Public Health Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation in securing more than $54.6 million in federal funding to bolster public health infrastructure and expand COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 vaccination efforts across the state.
The funding includes dedicated resources to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to underserved and hard-to-reach communities. It also supports initiatives that provide vital childhood and seasonal immunizations for diseases like influenza, measles and chickenpox.
The federal funding comes from the American Rescue Plan and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.
“The health and safety of Marylanders is our top priority. Our delegation fought hard to secure this critical funding to help improve Maryland’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts and ensure that every community in our state – especially communities of color, which have been disproportionately impacted by the virus – receives the coronavirus vaccine and helps us get to the other side of this pandemic,” the lawmakers said. “Team Maryland welcomes this new federal funding from the American Rescue Plan and remains committed to ensuring that the federal government provides the necessary resources to bolster Maryland’s public health infrastructure during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond for children and families across the state.”
The lawmakers previously announced more than $68 million in American Rescue Plan funding to help Community Health Centers strengthen and speed up the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines throughout Maryland.