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The Biden Administration has announced a nationwide campaign to protect more families against the Delta and Omicron variants. The Biden plan builds on the current vaccination strategy with widened access to booster shots, free at-home testing kits and supplying treatment pills to prevent hospitalization and death. The plan also includes the launch of Family Vaccination Days with Community Health Centers across the country, noting that that “over two in three shots at Community Health Centers are administered to people of color.”
Community Health Centers have completed 17 million COVID-19 vaccinations so far, an effort that has helped lower the rate of infections and death in communities and enabled a more equitable distribution of vaccines.
“Serving nearly 29 million Americans, Community Health Centers play a critically important role in the national strategy to protect families and communities from the spread of COVID variants,” said Ron Yee, MD, Chief Medical Officer at the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). “We are proud that health centers provide a safe health care home where families can get trusted information about the COVID vaccine.”
Other components of the Biden plan include more stringent requirements for travelers entering the country by air to test negative for COVID, stronger public health protocols, requiring private health insurance companies cover 100% of the cost of at-home tests and launching a public education campaign to encourage 100 million adults to get boosters, with a special focus on seniors.
Established in 1971, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) serves as the national voice for America’s Health Centers and as an advocate for health care access for the medically underserved and uninsured.