Three Hudson County community health centers, one in Union City and two in Jersey City, netted $24,433,875 in federal funding to bolster their COVID-19 vaccination efforts.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“When we passed the American Rescue Plan earlier this month, we said that help was on the way for New Jerseyans — and nothing matters more than the health and safety of our residents,” U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) said in a statement.
“With this unprecedented investment in our network of community health centers, I’m so glad to say that help is here to ensure our hardest hit communities and most vulnerable residents have access to the vaccines, treatment and preventative health services they need to stay healthy.”
The 135 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) across New Jersey can use the $129,653,750 in funding from the American Rescue Plan to expand COVID-19 vaccinations, testing, and treatment for vulnerable populations.
Additional options include delivering preventive and primary health care services to people at higher risk for COVID-19 and expanding health centers’ operational capacity during the pandemic and beyond – such as by modifying and improving physical infrastructure and adding mobile units.
“More than a year after the pandemic started, New Jersey’s health centers continue their tireless efforts to care for our state’s residents,” added U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ).
“This new round of federal grant funding will help bolster their efforts and help ensure that they have the critical resources necessary to respond to the ongoing health crisis. I was proud to fight alongside Senator Menendez in getting the Rescue Plan signed into law to ensure our country and our great state has the resources needed to continue down the road to recovery.”
In his own statement, U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) applauded the efforts of community health centers throughout the Garden State throughout the current public health emergency.
“Since the start of the pandemic, community health centers have played an important role in offering a continuation of medical services that may have been hindered due to COVID-19,” he noted.
” … As we move forward with the rollout of the vaccine, community health centers will continue to play an important role; vaccinating individuals and reaching into communities to ensure everyone has an opportunity to receive the vaccine.”
Last week, Menendez wrote a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy (D) to expand COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Hudson County, which has the lowest vaccination rate per population in the state, as HCV first reported.
Horizon Health Center, Inc. – Jersey City
Metropolitan Family Health Network Inc. – Jersey City
North Hudson Community Action Corporation – Union City
Editor’s note: This story was updated with a comment from U.S. Rep. Albio Sires.