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Community Health Centers, which serve nearly 29 million Americans in more than 1,400 communities, are a critical component of the national vaccination strategy launched by the Biden Administration to ensure equity in the fight against COVID. Health centers are the backbone of the primary care system and are committed to protecting their staff, patients, and public health. NACHC welcomes the opportunity to work with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure full compliance now that the Supreme Court has spoken.
As trusted voices, health centers are working hard to protect underserved communities against the spread of COVID and the Omicron variant with vaccinations, testing and the delivery of direct community care and other important services, such as diabetes and blood pressure checks, and mental health services. Going to where patients are, recognizing the barriers to vaccine confidence and countering misinformation are all core to the health center approach. Today, they have provided over 19 million vaccinations, with over two-thirds administered to people of color.
NACHC echoes the concerns of the health care community regarding the impact of a vaccination mandate on workforce who are essential to the fight against COVID on the frontlines of vulnerable communities. We also urge CMS for enforcement discretion as health centers strive for compliance to ensure continuity and quality of care for patients at a time when health care systems are at crisis capacity in many areas of the country.
We all want to walk the last mile of the pandemic, save lives, and help our economy recover.
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.