September 07, 2021
Manchin, Capito Announce $2.4 Million To Increase Children's Access To Routine Vaccinations In West Virginia
Charleston, WV – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $2,421,078 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to provide children across West Virginia with access to vaccinations to protect against preventable diseases.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of the importance of strong public health strategies to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and keep West Virginians healthy, which includes vaccinating our children against harmful diseases. I am pleased HHS is investing in the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to increase access to vaccinations for West Virginia children and families. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue to advocate for funding to provide every child in West Virginia with access to healthcare and public health services to keep children and their families healthy,” said Senator Manchin.
“Vaccines are crucial in protecting the health of all West Virginians, particularly our children. During the 2019-2020 school year, West Virginia had one of the highest vaccination coverages amongst Kindergarteners. This funding will help us build off of that effort, and help our state health department further bolster immunization and vaccine efforts for children in West Virginia in the future. I am glad to see funding like this headed to our state, and I will continue to advocate for the support West Virginia needs to deliver important resources like this so we can keep our communities healthy,” Senator Capito said.
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