NEPA Community Health Centers to Receive $11.7 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Expand Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

By Margaret Allen
Three Northeastern Pennsylvania Community Health Centers will receive a total of $11.7 million in American Rescue Plan funds to expand COVID-19 vaccination and treatment operations. The resources are part of a $6 billion investment authorized by the American Rescue Plan to expand access to vaccines in underserved communities and includes over $6.3 million for Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers. Funds are also going to Rural Health Corporation of Northeastern Pennsylvania, $2.9 and Scranton Primary Health Care Center, nearly $2.5
The funding allocation was announced by U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) this week. The health centers can use the funding to expand COVID-19 vaccinations, testing and treatment for vulnerable populations; deliver preventive and primary health care services to people at higher risk for COVID-19; and expand health centers’ operational capacity during the pandemic and beyond, including modifying and improving physical infrastructure and adding mobile units.