South Dakota To Get $16 Million In Federal Covid-19 Funding

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota will be getting more than $16 million in federal funding to expand its coronavirus vaccination programs.

The announcement from the White House Tuesday says the award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will help support local efforts that are focused on creating greater equity and access to COVID-19 vaccines for those disproportionately affected by the virus.

The money is part of $3 billion in funding the CDC gave to 64 jurisdictions to boost vaccine distribution efforts, according to the White House release.

“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,” CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky stated. “This investment will support state and local health departments and community-based organizations as they work on the frontlines to increase vaccine access, acceptance and uptake.”

Goals for the funding say 75% must focus on specific programs and initiatives intended to increase vaccine access among racial and ethnic minority communities. And, 60% must go to support local health departments, community-based organizations and community health centers, the Argus Leader reported.

The funds could be used to train community members to conduct door-to-door outreach to raise awareness about COVID-19 vaccines and help individuals sign up for appointments, according to the release.