Health District Receives $18 Million DSHS Grant to Increase COVID-19 Vaccination Capacity
Funds will Ensure Vaccines Are Available, Safely Administered, and Equitably Distributed
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Corpus Christi - Nueces County Public Health District has received a grant from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to increase COVID-19 vaccination capacity in Nueces County.
The grant from DSHS is for $18,073,609 and requires the Public Health District to submit a work plan to increase COVID-19 vaccination capacity across the area, including high-risk and underserved populations. This will also ensure safe administration and provide equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines throughout Nueces County. The grant extends through June 30, 2024.
“These funds will give the Health District the resources needed to get everyone in our community who wants a CoVID-19 vaccine to get vaccinated, quickly and equitably,” Public Health Director Annette Rodriguez said.
“This over $18 million grant from the Department of State Health Services will offer our Health District a significant step forward to serve our residents city-wide and vaccinate the high-risk and the underserved. The grant will allow anyone in our community who wants a vaccine to receive one,” said Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo.
Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales said, “I am proud of the team who built our vaccination effort, from our Mega Clinics to our fixed clinic at La Palmera Mall to our small clinics to reach the remote areas of county, all the way to individual outreach with our EMTs and Firefighters. This grant will ensure that our efforts can continue and we can reach everyone, including our high-risk and underserved populations.”