AUSTIN — The Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas A&M University Health Science Center awarded greater than $8.6 million to native organizations statewide for COVID vaccine outreach, the division introduced Thursday.
The fund—referred to as the Texas Vaccine Outreach and Education Grant Program — appears to be like to tell, join and shield communities by rising outreach and schooling geared toward boosting the variety of absolutely vaccinated folks in Texas.
“As our statewide COVID-19 vaccination efforts continue to show progress, DSHS believes these grants will have an immediate effect in neighborhoods across Texas,” stated Imelda Garcia, DSHS affiliate commissioner for laboratory and infectious illness providers, in the discharge.
As of Dec. 15, 60.13% of Texans had been absolutely vaccinated with 70.3% having no less than one dose, based on state information.
The grant awards will vary from $40,000 to $210,000 for initiatives with a period of six to 9 months. Awardees embody a big selection of teams in the general public, personal and nonprofit sectors together with grassroots community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, those that serve rural and immigrant populations, universities and others, it stated.
“Local organizations are trusted sources of information that can use their direct community connections to educate and help those who may be hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” Garcia stated.
The Texas Restaurant Foundation obtained the most important grant at almost $210,000. Other grant recipients embody Communication Service for the Deaf, Dia De La Mujer Latina, Inc., and No Barriers Communications in Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston/Harris County.
Priority for awards was given to candidates centered on rural communities Texans with disabilities and communities of coloration. Grantees’ outreach efforts will cowl 70% of the state with packages in 179 of the 254 counties in Texas.
This is the primary spherical of funding with DSHS planning to obtain extra funding and grant extra functions in early 2022, it stated.
“These grants will make a huge difference in addressing vaccine hesitancy in Texas,” stated Olga Rodriguez, chief of workers and affiliate vp of Texas A&M Health, in the discharge.