The American Rescue Plan provides significant resources to ramp up COVID-19 vaccinations through the creation of a national COVID-19 vaccination program while expanding COVID-19 testing across the United States. 

VACCINES: 

The American Rescue Plan provides over $20 billion for establishing a national COVID-19 vaccination program and improving the administration and distribution of vaccinations. This includes: 

  • $7.5 billion for the CDC to prepare, promote, distribute, administer, monitor, and track COVID-19 vaccines.  

  • $7.5 billion for FEMA to establish vaccination sites across the country 

  • $5.2 billion to the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to support advanced research, development, manufacturing, production, and purchase of vaccines, therapeutics, and ancillary medical products for COVID-19.  

  • $1 billion for the CDC to undertake a vaccine awareness and engagement campaign. 

 

Where Can I Find a Vaccine? 

 The Texas Department of State Health Services includes information on COVID-19 vaccine providers in the state.  Each State is in charge of making its own plan for vaccine distribution based on CDC recommendations.  

Some Community Health Centers are also providing vaccines. Click here to find the one nearest you.  

TESTING 

The American Rescue Plan provides $51 Billion to expand testing, contact tracing, mitigation, and related activities, including:  

  • Implementing a national strategy for testing, contact tracing, surveillance, and mitigation  

  • Manufacturing, procurement, distribution, and administration of tests, including personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies necessary for administration of the tests 

  • Funding the Defense Production Act to close the gap in domestic manufacturing to fulfill U.S. public health needs.  

  • $10 billion to boost domestic production of critical PPE, secure supply chains and increased capacity for vital vaccine production and to help onshore production of rapid COVID-19 tests.  

  • $1.75 billion for genomic surveillance so that the U.S. can begin to adequately detect and respond to emerging and potentially more dangerous strains of SARS-COV-2 throughout the world. This infrastructure will also be critical to responding to future viral outbreaks.  

  • $500 million to allow CDC to establish, expand, and maintain data surveillance and analytics, including to modernize the United States’ disease warning system to forecast and track hotspots for COVID-19. 

 

Where can I get information on COVID-19 testing in Texas? 

The Texas Department of State Health Services offers information on COVID-19 Testing in Texas. 

CDC GUIDANCE 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers public health information and guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic.