Kaptur Announces that Erie County Community Health Center in Sandusky and Neighborhood Health Care Inc. in Cleveland Will Join Health Center COVID-19 Vaccination Program

March 19, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), released the following statement announcing that Neighborhood Health Care Inc. in Cleveland and the Erie County Community Health Center will be invited to join the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program over the next six weeks. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched this program to directly allocate COVID-19 vaccine to HRSA-supported health centers to ensure that our nation's underserved communities and those disproportionately affected by COVID-19 are equitably vaccinated.


“This designation will help Ohioans in Sandusky and Cleveland get vaccinated as soon as possible – that is a triumph for our community after more than a year of living with the pandemic,” said Rep. Kaptur. “I’m immensely thankful for those at the Erie County Health Center and Neighborhood Health Care for their selfless work helping to vaccinate our neighbors here in northern Ohio. Thanks to them and with federal support, we are going to beat this virus together.”


“With assistance from the Health Resource Services Administration and the CDC, the Erie County Community Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, will now expand Covid-19 vaccinations to those in our region here in Ohio,” said Pete Schade, Erie County Health Commissioner. “We are extremely fortunate to be a provider with the ability to order vaccine direct from the supplier. This type of activity will continue to assure our communities that all people will have an opportunity to become fully vaccinated against the virus. We will join our stakeholders in promoting vaccine and administering it to all as we fight this pandemic together.”


“Neighborhood Family Practice is grateful for the opportunity to get more vaccines into the arms of our patients as they are often the most at risk for COVID-19 and have struggled to get sufficient vaccination opportunities,” said Chad Garven, MD, Associate Medical Director at Neighborhood Health Care Inc.


HRSA-funded health centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that deliver affordable, accessible, quality, and cost-effective primary health care. Nationwide, nearly 1,400 HRSA-funded health centers operate approximately 13,000 sites, providing primary and preventive care on a sliding fee scale to nearly 30 million patients each year. Over 91% of health center patients are individuals or families living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and nearly 63% are racial/ethnic minorities. Health centers across the nation are playing vital roles in supporting local community responses to the COVID-19 public health emergency.


Prior to today, 250 health centers were invited to this program, and include those that serve a large volume of underserved populations including individuals experiencing homelessness, public housing residents, migrant/seasonal agricultural workers, or patients with limited English proficiency.


Today, an additional 700 health centers were invited to participate in the next phase of the program and include those that serve high proportions of low income and minority patients, provide services to rural/frontier populations, operate Tribal/Urban Indian Health Programs, and/or utilize mobile vans to deliver services.


To view a list of the health centers participating in or invited to join the program please visit: https://www.hrsa.gov/coronavirus/health-center-program


To locate a HRSA-funded health center, visit: https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.