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Pallone Provides Update on Federal Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Says More Help is on the Way

January 12, 2021
Press Release

Asbury Park, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today provided an update on the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic at the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey (VNACJ) Community Health Center in Asbury Park. He was joined by local elected officials and Christopher Rinn who serves as CEO of VNACJ Community Health Centers.

Pallone authored key health provisions in the omnibus and coronavirus relief legislation that was signed into law in December. The legislation included extended federal funding for community health centers, including the VNACJ Community Health Center, through fiscal year (FY) 2023. Last week, Pallone announced that New Jersey would receive over $591 million from the bill to support COVID-19 testing and vaccination activities. At today’s press conference, Pallone said he expects New Jersey will receive additional funding for vaccine distribution in the coming months.

“Community health centers like the one here in Asbury Park are on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic. They are working around the clock to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are effectively and efficiently distributed to our health care workers and vulnerable members of our community. That’s why I made sure that the omnibus and coronavirus relief bill gave them the resources they need to continue their critical work,” Pallone said. “I’ll continue to fight for the funding our providers need to end this public health crisis. Next week, we’ll have a new President who is committed to working with states to crush this virus.”

The omnibus and coronavirus relief bill provides $69 billion in critically needed funding to crush COVID-19 while providing support for patients and health care providers. This includes $22 billion for testing, contact tracing, surveillance, and mitigation, $19 billion for vaccine and therapeutic research, development, and procurement, and nearly $9 billion in additional funding to support distribution of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines that will help bring an end to the pandemic.