SAN JUAN – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded 76.6 million to Puerto Rico for costs related to the mission of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The award provides $ 76,656,000 in federal funds to the Puerto Rico Department of Health to reimburse costs associated with emergency protective measures adopted by the state government to store, handle, transport, distribute, and administer vaccines to reduce the spread of the virus.
The pandemic created an immediate threat to the health and safety of the general public that requires an emergency response and protective measures throughout Puerto Rico, FEMA said in a statement Tuesday.
In response, Puerto Rico will use the assistance to contract the services to implement emergency protection measures to administer the Covid-19 vaccine to the general public on the island, in order to reduce or eliminate the spread of the virus.
Grants for emergency protective measures are funded through FEMA’s Public Assistance program, which reimburses communities for actions taken in immediate response and during disaster recovery. Eligible applicants are states, federally recognized tribal governments, US territories, local governments, and certain private non-profit organizations.