May 27, 2021
Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Vaccine Confidence Program Will Fund All That Are Eligible. This week, the Health Resources and Services Administration announced that all eligible RHCs that apply may receive funding to increase confidence in vaccines for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. The deadline to apply is June 23rd. For questions about the program, email RHCVaxConfidence@hrsa.gov.
New Funding Available for the HRSA Telehealth Technology-Enabled Learning Program. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) expects to make nine awards of up to $475,000 each to connect specialists at academic medical centers with primary care providers in rural areas to improve patient care in their communities. More specifically, these learning opportunities will address unmet needs for their target population, which could include populations who have historically suffered from poorer health outcomes. Applications from public, private, and nonprofit entities are due on June 25th.
FDA Approves Storage of Pfizer Vaccine for Up to One Month. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated its guidance for healthcare providers administering the vaccine and allows for undiluted, thawed Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine vials to be stored in refrigeration for up to one month. The previous time span was up to five days.