State governments have begun to tot up millions of dollars provided in the new stimulus bill for vaccination programs.
A total of $300 million has been set aside in the $787 billion bill for vaccine programs aimed at "underserved Americans." In Minnesota, for example, the state will get $3.7 million for a vaccine campaign. In New Jersey, officials are planning to use $6 million in federal funds to encourage the state's low-income residents to get vaccinated.
"I expect to see Ohio's already-high immunization rates increase as a result of this funding," said Ohio Department of Health Director Alvin D. Jackson, who gets $7.5 million.
The federal government will use part of the stimulus money to fund a vaccine awareness campaign while states can earn grants supporting innovative new approaches to making sure that everyone gets the vaccine they need.