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Rep. Miranda announces $62 million in funding for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, education

January 10, 2022
Jessica E. Miranda News

COLUMBUS – Rep. Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) announced that the state Controlling Board approved several major items this week, including $42 million in American Rescue Plan funds to aid with vaccine distribution efforts, vaccine education, mobile vaccination units and data management. Ohio has faced a surge in demand for COVID-19 vaccines since the onset of the omicron variant. 

“It’s essential that we continue to direct these federal relief dollars to getting life-saving vaccines out to communities most in need,” said Rep. Miranda. “Omicron is posing a new challenge, but we have the tools to tackle it and these funds take us in the right direction.”

The Controlling Board also approved $20 million in COVID-19 relief funds to support educational programs for schools and families during the pandemic. 

Additional items to improve the health and safety of Ohioans included: 

·         $10 million to the Food Service Program Assistance fund to support food service inspections;

$7.5 million to help address staffing shortages in long-term care facilities caused by the latest surge in COVID-19 cases