WASHINGTON -- FEMA is working toward the goal President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. set yesterday of wanting 70% of American adults to have at least one shot by July 4 and administering an additional 100 million vaccines in the next 60 days.
A new website is making it easier to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals can now visit vaccines.gov to find a location close to them and make an appointment. Individuals can also text their zip code to 438829 and get a text with the closest COVID-19 vaccine location.
FEMA continues working with state governments to provide federal support to community vaccination centers, including supplemental vaccine allocation to pilot sites.
Currently, there are 22 active or temporarily closed federal community vaccination center pilot sites and 55 mobile pop-up sites. Additionally, 13 mobile vaccination units are operating across the country, supporting states and the Indian Health Service. Federal pilot community vaccination centers have administered more than 4.6 million vaccinations, and mobile units have delivered more than 28,000 vaccinations.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, announced the Coverage Assistance Fund reimbursement program that covers healthcare provider costs of administering COVID-19 vaccinations to underinsured or uninsured individuals. The program will compensate providers for eligible claims at national Medicare rates and builds on the HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program.
FEMA has received more than 164,900 funeral assistance applications and has awarded more than $7.8 million since the agency began processing applications on April 12. Through this program, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020.
Applicants may apply by calling 844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585) from 9a.m. to 9p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday.
Multilingual services are available. The assistance line has helped applicants in nearly 40 languages.