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FEMA COVID-19 Update

Release Date Release Number
HQ-21-104
Release Date:
May 12, 2021

WASHINGTON -- After helping vaccinate more than 5 million people at our community vaccination sites, FEMA continues assisting government and nonprofit partners to continue helping these efforts. On May 11, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. announced additional efforts to increase access to COVID-19 vaccinations. These efforts include:

  • Free rides for anyone going to a vaccination site to get vaccinated.
  • A partnership with the nation’s largest community colleges to host vaccination sites for students, staff and local communities.
  • FEMA funding for states to support on-the-ground efforts to promote vaccinations in their communities.

FEMA recently updated the COVID-19 Food and Nutrition Resource Roadmap to assist state, local, tribal and territorial partners in identifying potential sources of funding and other resources to help them with COVID-19 pandemic recovery. The five roadmaps (food and nutrition, housing, healthcare, education and economic recovery) were developed in partnership with nearly 30 federal interagency partners.

Mobile vaccination units are currently operating in Arizona, Connecticut, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and South Dakota. Two units are supporting the Indian Health Services mission to vaccinate tribal communities across the Great Plains. These units have administered more than 32,000 vaccinations.

The agency continues supplying federal personnel to support 17 federal community vaccination center pilot sites in California, Florida, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Individuals looking to get COVID-19 vaccine can 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 processing applications for funeral assistance to provide financial assistance for COVID-19 related expenses.

As of May 12, FEMA received more than 178,400 funeral assistance applications and awarded more than $20.2 million.

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Last updated May 12, 2021