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Indiana Gets $61M To Boost COVID-19 Vaccine Among Minorities

Hoosiers 70 and older can now register for appointments to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Indiana Department of Health announced the expansion Wednesday.

(Justin Hicks/IPB News)

Indiana is getting $60.8 million in federal funding to support efforts to get minority populations disproportionately affected by the pandemic vaccinated against COVID-19.

The funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will help programs such as door-to-door outreach to raise awareness about vaccinations or help people sign up to get vaccinated, The Indianapolis Star reported.

The money comes from pandemic relief funding approved by Congress. Indiana's funding is part of $3 billion the CDC is distributing among 64 jurisdictions to encourage vaccination and access to vaccines for communities that COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted.

READ MORE: For Non-English Speakers, Getting Vaccine Information Is A Challenge

“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," Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC's director, said in the news release.

While Black people comprise about 9.4% of Indiana’s population over the age of 16, Black residents comprise only about 5% of those who have been vaccinated, according to Indiana's pandemic dashboard. Latino people comprise 6.2% of the state’s population and 2.4% of those who have been vaccinated.

READ MORE: Advocates Face Uphill Battle Against Vaccine Hesitancy In Minority Communities

Three quarters of the federal funding must go to support programs that encourage vaccine access and uptake among racial and ethnic minority communities, while 60% must support local health departments and community organizations.

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