Wolf administration announces new grant program to promote grassroots immunization awareness
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin and Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam today announced a new $ 5 million grant program to help local organizations encourage hesitant populations to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Millions of Pennsylvanians have stepped up and received their COVID-19 vaccine, which is a big step forward, but to beat this pandemic and build our economic resilience, we need to make sure as many people as possible are vaccinated,” he said. declared Sec. Davin. “This grant program supports vaccine awareness by grassroots organizations who are trusted voices in vaccine-hesitant communities – essential to educating all Pennsylvanians that vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to go. protect yourself against COVID-19. “
These grassroots efforts build on the ongoing statewide public health awareness campaign, PA Unites Against COVID-19. Recipient organizations will work to educate their communities about the COVID-19 vaccine to improve uptake of the vaccine for the health and safety of Pennsylvania. This program will provide the necessary funding for community organizations to educate their community about COVID-19 vaccination to address hesitations and obstacles and to provide guidance on where and how to make an appointment for a vaccine.
“We understand that people may be reluctant to get vaccinated – that’s why we continue to comprehensively address people’s concerns and educate them about the effectiveness and importance of the vaccine,” the acting secretary said. to Health, Beam. “Through this work, we hope to meet people where they are, answer their questions and help make an impact in our communities across the Commonwealth. Together, we can fight COVID-19. “
The COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness Grants Program will provide grants of up to $ 100,000 to non-profit organizations and child care and educational facilities. These grants will support grassroots outreach efforts, including buying local media, creating awareness and training materials, sponsoring community vaccine-related events, renting equipment to help make appointments. you for vaccines, and more.
To date, about 68% of Pennsylvanians aged 18 and over are fully vaccinated. However, many communities still experience disparities in immunization, including Black / African American, Latinx, LGBTQ community, low-income people, homeless people, people less likely to use the internet and others without Internet access, people residing in rural or geographically isolated areas, and people who distrust the government. By partnering with local organizations that are seen as trusted voices in these communities, this program aims to increase the immunization rate within these communities and increase the immunization rate for all of Pennsylvania.
Eligible applicants may submit applications until November 1, 2021. Since this program uses federal funding, applicants will need a Universal Data Numbering System (DUNS) number to apply for funding and be registered with the Scholarship Management System (SAM) to receive funding under the program. Full instructions for the application, as well as full program guidelines, can be found here.
To find a COVID-19 vaccine supplier near you, please visit www.vaccines.gov.
CONTACT WITH THE MEDIA: Rachel Wrigley, DCED, [email protected]
Mark O’Neill, Health, [email protected]
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