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$466.8 million obligated to New York for COVID-19 vaccination costs

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Tue, Jan 26th 2021 12:05 pm

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has obligated $466.8 million to New York for costs related to the COVID-19 vaccine mission.

The award provides $202,056,000 in federal funding to the City of New York Office of Management and Budget and $264,744,000 to the New York State Division of Budget to reimburse costs associated with emergency protective measures taken by the state to store, handle, transport, distribute and administer vaccines to reduce the spread the of the virus.

A press release stated, “The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic created an immediate threat to the health and safety of the general public requiring emergency response and protective measures throughout the state of New York. In response to the event, City of New York Office of Management and Budget is distributing and administering COVID-19 vaccines to its population via the vaccine command center (VCC) and a network of private health care providers, publicly operated vaccination administration centers, and publicly supported vaccination administration centers. The VCC represents more than 20 city agencies. NYC’s VCC took actions to establish vaccine sites including but not limited to staffing services, purchasing equipment and materials for the expansion of facility capacity and establishing temporary facilities, the purchase of supplies, transportation and distribution of personal protective equipment to staff. To help control the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the New York State Division of Budget is distributing and administering COVID-19 vaccines to its population via New York State Department of Health.”

Grants for emergency protective measures are funded through FEMA’s public assistance program, which reimburses communities for actions taken in the immediate response and during recovery from a disaster. Eligible applicants include states, federally recognized tribal governments, U.S. territories, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations.

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