Sacramento – The California Primary Care Association (CPCA) applauds the Biden Administration for sending vaccines directly to community health centers, recognizing the role they play within their communities as trusted providers of care. The Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) Vaccination Program was launched this week and included 25 FQHCs, five of which are in California, and will grow to 250 FQHCs in the next five weeks.
“We applaud the Biden Administration for recognizing the pivotal role health centers play in our health care delivery system and working to get vaccines directly to them for use in their communities. While the program has just started, we are excited to see five FQHCs here in California included in the pilot this week and look forward to even more FQHCs receiving vaccines through this program in the coming weeks,” said Carmela Castellano-Garcia, President and CEO of CPCA.
“It’s no secret that the vaccination distribution in our state has been difficult and some of our health centers are still struggling to get vaccines, while others struggle to get enough, and now the state is implementing a distribution model via a new Third Party Administrator (TPA) that continues to leave health centers out. The supply of vaccines to our state continues to lag and is severely hampering our ability to vaccinate our most diverse communities,” continued Castellano-Garcia. “We know that equitable distribution continues to be an integral component of the Biden Administration’s plan and getting vaccines directly to health centers is an important step in getting us there – but more must be done to ensure an adequate supply of vaccines is coming to our state. We are hopeful that this federal program will provide health centers and their patients with the supply necessary to ensure those hit the hardest by COVID-19 get vaccinated.”