TOPEKA– U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. announced Wednesday that Kansas will receive more than $26 million to support Kansas public health programs to ensure high vaccination coverage and the ability to respond to various vaccine-preventable disease threats. The grant applies to current and future vaccine-preventable disease cases and outbreaks, including COVID-19 or other emerging public health emergencies.
“If there is anything the COVID-19 pandemic taught us, it’s that we need to expand vaccination efforts across the spectrum. Whether it is fighting COVID-19, or other diseases and outbreaks, it is crucial that Congress invests more in vaccine efforts,” said Senator Marshall.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services program allows for increased access to vaccines for eligible children, reduces vaccination coverage disparities for those uninsured, and protects vulnerable populations. This program also helps in maintaining the state’s public health immunization infrastructure. The state is responsible for health care provider and public education, vaccine distribution and inventory management, supporting immunization outreach, and conduct surveillance laboratory testing. In total, Kansas received $26,324,277.
Currently, two COVID-19 vaccines received Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The vaccine made by Pfizer was approved for individuals 16 years and older. The Moderna vaccine was approved for those 18 years and older.