San Juan – Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón confirmed Tuesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has $ 76.6 million in federal funds obligated for COVID-19 vaccination expenses in Puerto Rich.
FEMA announced the various amounts allocated to a group of states and territories as part of emergency measures to deal with the pandemic.
In total, FEMA separated one billion dollars distributed as follows:
- New York $ 466,800,000
- New Jersey $ 216,000,000
- Puerto Rico $ 76,656,000
- Virgin Islands $ 2,506,200
- Virginia $ 2,283,147
- Maryland $ 219,525,891
- Pennsylvania $ 1,622,908
- West Virginia $ 1,071,638
- Washington, DC $ 2,349,375
“In the case of Puerto Rico, the funds are destined to the Puerto Rico Department of Health. These funds are to reimburse the costs associated with emergency protective measures taken by governments to store, handle, transport, distribute, and administer vaccines to reduce the spread of the virus, ”the resident commissioner said in written statements.
He explained that emergency protective measures include providing emergency medical supplies, commodities, transportation, medical and support personnel, infection control measures on site, and emergency medical care to address allergic reactions to the vaccine or other needs. medical emergencies that may arise during the administration of the vaccine.
The funds will also help maintain community vaccination sites, provide protective equipment (PPE), other equipment and supplies needed to store, handle, distribute, transport, and administer COVID-19 vaccines from now until April 30, 2021.
Grants for emergency protective measures are funded through FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program, which reimburses communities for actions taken in immediate response and during disaster recovery.