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Federally Supported Community Vaccination Centers

Federal Pilot Community Vaccination Centers

Types of Community Vaccination Centers

Federal Support Elements

Additional Resources

As of March 19th, FEMA and its federal partners have supported President Biden’s Jan. 20 goal of administering 100 million vaccinations. This milestone was met 42 days ahead of the 100-day goal.

FEMA is committed to providing all available resources to support our state, local, tribal and territorial partners in the ongoing effort to provide a vaccine to everyone who wants one. As the federal government works to increase the supply of COVID-19 vaccines across the nation, FEMA is taking steps to build the infrastructure so it can adapt when vaccine supply is more readily available.

Vaccination centers are established by state, local, tribal or territorial partners and may receive any combination of federal equipment, funding and personnel. These locations may vary in size and number of vaccinations they can administer in a day.

vaccine.gov | Find a COVID-19 vaccine near you

Find vaccine updates in your community and more information from your local health department to confirm if you can get a vaccine.

Visit Vaccine.gov to find your nearest vaccination center.

Federal Pilot Community Vaccination Centers

FEMA is also partnering with state governments to launch a small number of large Type 1 and Type 2 federal pilot community vaccination centers (CVCs).

The sites FEMA is piloting are selected based on data analysis including the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index and other Census data as well as input from our state and local partners. Vaccines for these centers are provided to the states above and beyond the regular allocations. The additional vaccines are made possible through increases in production and availability. We are working to do the most good, for the most vulnerable populations, with no impact to the current allocations of vaccines to the states.

Types of Community Vaccination Centers

We are providing support to established community vaccination centers to expand access to vaccines.

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Type 1: Approximately 6,000 vaccinations a day.

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Type 2: Approximately 3,000 vaccinations a day

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Type 3: Approximately 1,000 vaccinations a day

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Type 4: Approximately 250 vaccinations a day

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Type 5: Mobile Community Vaccination Centers

Approximately 250 vaccinations a day

FEMA and its partners have developed innovative ways to deliver vaccines using mobile capabilities to bring the vaccine to the people who need it.  In some cases, mobile vaccination centers are buses or recreational vehicles specially fitted for a vaccination operation.  Mobile vaccination capabilities also include pop-up locations that can be set up in areas such as parking lots or serve as a temporary clinic in a community-owned building.  Mobile vaccination centers can be moved daily or weekly to suit the needs of the community.

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Federal Partner’s Mobile Vaccination Centers

  • CDC's Federal Retail Pharmacy Program: A partnership between the federal government, states and territories, and national and independent pharmacy networks to increase access to COVID-19 vaccination across the United States.
  • HHS Federally Qualified Health Centers: To ensure our nation's underserved communities and those disproportionately affected by COVID-19 are equitably vaccinated against COVID-19, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a program to directly allocate COVID-19 vaccine to HRSA-supported health centers.
  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs Mobile Vaccinations: including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service.

Federal Support Elements

Federally supported vaccine sites could include a combination of:

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Includes federal funding for materiel, facilities, staffing, etc. to support the vaccine site. Does not include the cost of vaccines and/or ancillary kits for vaccination beyond what has already been allocated.

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Federal deployment of personnel or contractors, either in clinical or non-clinical roles. National Guard troops are counted as federal support where orders were modified after Jan. 20, 2021 and increased the personnel supporting a vaccination site.

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Includes tangible property, such as durable medical equipment or consumable supplies, mobile vaccination capabilities, and/or real property provided by the federal government, other than vaccines or vaccine kits.

Additional Resources

Community Vaccination Centers Playbook

Community Vaccination Centers Playbook

This playbook establishes guidance for providing federal support to state, tribal and territorial Community Vaccination Centers (CVCs). This may include interagency coordination, resource support, facility setup, and other requirements.

Read Playbook

Last updated July 6, 2021