January 07, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Federal Funding to Help Maintain Immunization Program in West Virginia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced $920,849 in federal funding for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to maintain its immunization program, which gives West Virginians, including many children, critical vaccines. 

“Providing access to immunizations is one important form of preventive care for West Virginians,” said Rockefeller. “To provide that care, we must maintain a top-notch vaccination program that works closely with local health centers to make sure that they are well equipped to give everyone in our state the vaccines they need. This grant supports vaccine providers across the state, and helps keep West Virginia healthy.” 

“Improving preventive care access across our great state will help West Virginians maintain a healthy lifestyle,” Manchin said. “It is so important that all West Virginians, especially our children, have access to the vaccinations that they need to keep our state strong and successful.”

The funding comes from the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. It provides support for local health centers and Vaccines for Children (VFC) providers, which make vaccines available to families that want them regardless of their ability to pay. The grant also funds the maintenance of an immunization registry, and important site visits to help train health centers to properly store and handle immunizations.