On Jan. 20, President Biden set the goal of 100 million vaccinations in 100 days.
Since then, FEMA has worked with our partners to build 1,732 new community vaccination centers, deploy 9,096 staff across the nation and provide more than $4.75 billion in support of vaccination efforts.
Today marks 100 days — and over 200 million shots in arms.
These efforts transcended the numbers. To ensure that everyone who wants a shot can get one, FEMA worked to make sure that equity was part of the action plan.
We deployed civil rights advisors to help with community engagement, provided language and American Sign Language interpretation and, when choosing new vaccination sites, made sure disability integration advisors were part of the conversation. To reach more remote areas, we put some vaccination centers on wheels or used pop-up centers that could be moved.
Funding was able to make a difference in helping our partners with vaccination efforts. We provided $4.75 billion to 46 states, six tribes, five territories and the District of Columbia. We also provided funding to nonprofits, faith-based organizations and government entities that provide shelter, food, transportation, COVID-19 testing and medical care.
On April 12, we began providing funeral assistance. We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. FEMA is dedicated to helping ease some of this financial stress and burden by providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. As of this week, we have supported impacted families by approving more than $2.1 million in funeral assistance.
With the help of our partners, FEMA exceeded the goal of 100 million vaccinations in 100 days by putting 213 million shots in arms. The work we did with our partners allowed us to combine the personnel, resources and funding needed to meet this goal and to better protect our nation against COVID-19.
This work is the foundation for what is to come in the months ahead. Watch the video below or visit the Vaccine Support page to learn more about our continued efforts.
See what our federal partners are saying about our joint efforts: