The California Department of Public Health announced on Tuesday that it will make $ 40 million in grants available to help physician and small practice offices safely store and administer more COVID-19 vaccines.
With more than 74% of state residents aged 12 and over at least partially vaccinated, the CDPH and its third-party immunization administrator, Blue Shield of California, are primarily focused on delivering vaccine doses throughout the country. State, especially in areas that have been hit hardest by the pandemic.
The $ 40 million CalVaxGrant program will help them do just that, state officials say, by partially reimbursing small doctor’s offices up to $ 55,000 for the staff and infrastructure needed to put in place. small-scale vaccination clinics in their offices.
The state makes the grants available to healthcare practices with up to 200 physicians who apply at https://www.phcdocs.org/Programs/CalVaxGrant.
“Californians must take action to protect themselves and those in our communities who cannot get vaccinated, including children under the age of 12,” said the director of the CRPD and the public health office of the State, Dr. Tomas Aragon in a statement. “COVID-19 vaccines are free, safe, and our best tool to stop the spread and mutation of variants.”
The CDPH will also expand and expand its partnerships with nearly 500 community organizations across the state until October to tackle vaccine misinformation and carry out awareness-raising actions in vulnerable areas.
The state’s door-to-door and telephone banking program “Get Out the Vaccine” has reached some 8 million people and resulted in more than 875,000 immunization appointments and referrals, according to the CRPD.
The efforts come as the state’s rate of new cases has increased due to increased infections primarily among unvaccinated residents and the highly transmissible delta variant becoming the state’s dominant COVID-19 strain.
“COVID-19 remains a very real threat to those who are not vaccinated,” Aragon said in a statement. “It is imperative that we combat the misinformation that causes Californians to be skeptical of this life saving tool we have now.”
California residents can learn about the COVID-19 vaccination by visiting https://myturn.ca.gov/ or calling (833) 422-4255.