BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota will receive more than $14.6 million in federal aid to expand access to coronavirus vaccine, particularly among minorities.
The funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is part of $3 billion being distributed across the country for vaccination efforts.
“We are doing everything we can to expand access to vaccinations,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement. “Millions of Americans are getting vaccinated every day, but we need to ensure that we are reaching those in the communities hit hardest by this pandemic.”
The CDC says most of the money must go to support local health departments and community-based organizations, and be used for efforts intended to increase vaccine access among minority populations, the Bismarck Tribune reported. Officials say that might include training people to conduct door-to-door vaccine outreach and help people sign up for shot appointments.
North Dakota also recently received more than $18 million in federal funding to boost coronavirus testing efforts. The Federal Emergency Management Agency late last month awarded the grant to the state Health Department, according to U.S. Sens. Kevin Cramer and John Hoeven.
More than 1.8 million COVID-19 tests have been administered in North Dakota to 418,563 people. That’s about 55% of the state’s population.