Federal funding coming to New York State to fight COVID

Over $1.5 million in funding will be used to combat misinformation by developing and implementing additional vaccine confidence and outreach efforts.

News 12 Staff

Jul 23, 2021, 2:31 PM

Updated 995 days ago

Share:

Federal funding coming to New York State to fight COVID
Federal funding is on the way to New York State as it battles against COVID and increasing challenges caused by the delta variant.
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris' administration is sending $1,584,928 to 32 rural health clinics to combat misinformation by developing and implementing additional vaccine confidence and outreach efforts.
The funds are made available by the American Rescue Plan and is being administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration through the Rural Health Clinic Vaccine Confience program.
Just over half of the state's population is fully vaccinated, at 56.2%, according to state Health Department records. The number sits just a bit lower in the city, at 54%.
Mayor Bill de Blasio recently said that if everyone would just get vaccinated, a new mask mandate would not be needed. He added the city is now at 2.1% positivity rate. In Brooklyn, the positivity rate is at 1.49% while the Bronx stands a bit lower at 1.45%.
Doctor Anthony Fauci says the delta variant cases affect both unvaccinated and vaccinated people, but says the vaccine is effective in protecting people from the delta variant.
This week the mayor mandated city hospital and health clinic workers must get vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID testing.


More from News 12
0:28
Nassau and Suffolk police step up patrols at synagogues amid increased Middle East tensions

Nassau and Suffolk police step up patrols at synagogues amid increased Middle East tensions

2:17
Strong thunderstorm threat looms for Sunday night on Long Island

Strong thunderstorm threat looms for Sunday night on Long Island

1:54
Long Island fire departments hold recruitment events amid decline in enrollment

Long Island fire departments hold recruitment events amid decline in enrollment

Israel hails ‘success’ in blocking Iran’s unprecedented attack. Biden now seeks diplomatic response

Israel hails ‘success’ in blocking Iran’s unprecedented attack. Biden now seeks diplomatic response

0:24
Police: Car crashes onto guardrail, overturns on LIE in Brentwood; driver injured

Police: Car crashes onto guardrail, overturns on LIE in Brentwood; driver injured

0:38
'Pearls of Wisdom' tea event in Riverhead aims to empower young Black women

'Pearls of Wisdom' tea event in Riverhead aims to empower young Black women

0:52
Splish Splash hosts 8th annual Polar Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics athletes

Splish Splash hosts 8th annual Polar Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics athletes

0:36
Long Island residents participate in Oyster Bay beach and harbor cleanup

Long Island residents participate in Oyster Bay beach and harbor cleanup

0:24
Prosecutors: Central Islip man indicted for killing Bay Shore teen during attempted robbery

Prosecutors: Central Islip man indicted for killing Bay Shore teen during attempted robbery

1:46
Lynbrook PBA donates ‘communication board’ to school playground

Lynbrook PBA donates ‘communication board’ to school playground

1:35
CDC: Measles could lose 'elimination status' amid uptick across the U.S.

CDC: Measles could lose 'elimination status' amid uptick across the U.S.

1:57
7 motorized scooters stolen from Williston Park garage; thieves contacted victim offering to sell them back

7 motorized scooters stolen from Williston Park garage; thieves contacted victim offering to sell them back

1:51
Dozens come out to exhibit to purchase art pieces depicting scenic North Shore

Dozens come out to exhibit to purchase art pieces depicting scenic North Shore

0:26
Shirley man pleads guilty to murder, setting victim's body on fire

Shirley man pleads guilty to murder, setting victim's body on fire

0:20
Freeport photographer accused of forcibly touching teen at Lindenhurst studio

Freeport photographer accused of forcibly touching teen at Lindenhurst studio

0:41
Judge dismisses Blakeman's lawsuit against AG's office connected to transgender athlete ban

Judge dismisses Blakeman's lawsuit against AG's office connected to transgender athlete ban

0:22
Officials: Fire breaks out at home near Wyandanch High School

Officials: Fire breaks out at home near Wyandanch High School

0:28
Police: Yonkers man charged for Old Westbury gas station robbery from nearly a year ago

Police: Yonkers man charged for Old Westbury gas station robbery from nearly a year ago

0:32
Beloved Franklin Square principal returns to Polk Street School following unexplained leave of absence

Beloved Franklin Square principal returns to Polk Street School following unexplained leave of absence

0:47
Long Island Restaurant Week: Lake View Grill, Legends, Dimon Estate

Long Island Restaurant Week: Lake View Grill, Legends, Dimon Estate