It has been quite a week in our World. Our team was on assignment in the community as it captured a grid of the last 100+ years at Santa Ana College here in our home county, Orange County.
This was quite a week. The Suez Canal was shut down, Iran signed a 25-year agreement with China, Georgia enacted a new Voter Law, President Biden held his first news conference and as COVID continue to rage on. We present a snapshot of the week was as we look forward to our continued journey of service:
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MARCH 23, 2021 by Janan Ganesh
FEMA COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Update
In alignment with President Biden’s plan to respond to COVID-19, FEMA will work with other federal agencies to coordinate with state, tribal and territorial authorities and private sector partners and others to assist, augment and expedite vaccinations in the United States.
- As of March 25, FEMA has provided more than $4.44 billion to 42 states, Washington D.C., four tribes and five territories for expenses related to COVID-19 vaccination at 100% federal cost share. These funds cover critical supplies, staffing, training and transportation needs that support increased vaccination efforts.
- On March 25, FEMA announced that President Biden made additional disaster assistance available for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, five territories and two tribes. The increase provides federal funds at 100% of total eligible costs for work performed from Jan. 20, 2020 through Sept. 30, 2021. Federal funding was previously made at 75% of the total eligible costs.
- On March 24, FEMA published the interim policy guidance on the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program. The program will reimburse individuals for funeral expenses for deaths attributed to COVID-19 that occurred after Jan. 20, 2020.
- FEMA is working to speed up vaccinations by supporting states as they open community vaccine centers across the country and working with its interagency partners continue to stand-up and provide support to additional sites daily. Each state determines its own vaccination priority groups and procedures. Community vaccination centers are led by states, but may be supported by the federal government, including FEMA.
- Working with state governments, FEMA will open additional federal community vaccination center pilot sites, which include both federal support and supplemental vaccine allocation:
- Next week, federal community vaccination center pilot sites are scheduled to open in Boston, Massachusetts; Newark, New Jersey; Norfolk, Virginia; and Yakima, Washington.
- Find out where, when and how to get a vaccine in your community and get more information from your local health department and a list of places where adults can get a vaccine. Visit FEMA.Gov for information on FEMA’s vaccination support efforts.
Please note: further information and data on Vaccine Distribution is available in the attachment.