Md. Announces $3-M Vax Project

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The Maryland Department of Health is now accepting applications from community based organizations for the Community COVID-19 vaccination project.

$3-million in all will be awarded to fund community-focused strategies for increasing confidence in the coronavirus vaccine and to reach more residents in vulnerable, underserved and hard-to-reach communities. Awards will range between $50,000 and $250,000, and about 30 organizations will receive grants.

“The Community COVID-19 Vaccination Project complements the ‘No Arm Left Behind’ initiative and the Vaccine Equity Task Force to expand our ground game and get even more Marylanders vaccinated,” Governor Larry Hogan said. “The project will be a partnership between state health officials and community-based organizations that understand the unique needs and concerns of their residents. We encourage organizations to apply now to be part of the program.”

The health department will prioritize applications that focus on efforts in targeted ZIP codes with low vaccination rates.

“We are committed to further increasing vaccine uptake and responding to vaccine hesitancy in minority and vulnerable populations through community partnerships,” Maryland Health Department Secretary Dennis Schrader said. “The funding from this project will support our successful strategy of strengthening trust in the vaccines by engaging in a more intimate and grassroots level with our communities.”

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