Soto Announces Nearly $7 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Expand Access to COVID-19 Vaccines in Osceola County

April 12, 2021
Press Release

KISSIMMEE – Last week, during a visit to Osceola Community Health Services, Congressman Darren Soto (FL-09) announced the non-profit health corporation will receive $6.8 million in American Rescue Plan funds to expand their COVID-19 vaccination and treatment operations. The resources are part of the American Rescue Plan’s investments to expand access to vaccines in underserved communities.

“Our Community Health Centers have been critical players in our response to COVID-19,” said Congressman Soto. “Last week, I visited Osceola Community Health Services to see how the American Rescue Plan is already helping our community defeat the coronavirus. I was happy to announce that more help is on the way so doctors and nurses can redouble their efforts to get more shots in arms and save more lives!”

“We are pleased to receive these much-needed funds that will enable us to continue to provide COVID testing and vaccines, and ongoing quality healthcare to our community,” said Osceola Community Health Services CEO Belinda Johnson-Cornett.

The health center 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 operational capacity during the pandemic and beyond, including modifying and improving physical infrastructure and adding mobile units.

 

During his visit, Congressman Soto was also introduced to the scheduling system used by the community health services to optimize the vaccination process and met the team responsible for administering vaccines. 

 

Photos from the visit can be found here. Additional grant information can be found here

 

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