Agape, Sulzbacher among 6 North Florida health centers receiving $21M to expand vaccine access

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Six community health centers in North Florida, including two in Jacksonville, will receive a total of more than $21.1 million in American Rescue Plan funds to expand their COVID-19 vaccination and treatment operations, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson announced Wednesday.

The funds are part of the American Rescue Plan’s $6 billion investment to expand vaccine access in underserved communities.

These are the health centers receiving funds in Florida’s 5th Congressional District, which Lawson represents:

  • Agape Community Health Center (Jacksonville): $2,456,125
  • I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, Inc. (Jacksonville): $2,904,375
  • Bond Community Health Center (Tallahassee): $2,672,000
  • Florida Department of Health (Tallahassee): $3,674,500
  • Neighborhood Medical Center (Tallahassee): $4,355,000
  • North Florida Medical Center (Tallahassee): $5,087,500

The funding will help to expand the health centers’ operational capacity, including adding mobile units.

“The centers can use the funding to expand COVID-19 vaccinations, testing and treatment for vulnerable populations, as well as deliver preventive and primary health care services to people at higher risk for COVID-19,” Lawson said in a news release.

The American Rescue Plan supports 47 health centers in Florida, totaling more than $368.1 million. Aza Health, also known as Rural Heath Care Inc., in Palatka is set to receive $8,536,125.