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FEMA sends $7.9M to Indiana for COVID-19 vaccine distribution support

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Posted at 4:52 PM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 16:52:32-05

INDIANAPOLIS — The state of Indiana will receive $7.9 million in federal funding for costs associated with the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding is being provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the Indiana State Department of Health for eligible reimbursable costs associated with operating more than 200 vaccination sites across the state.

"FEMA's Public Assistance Program is an important resource for states in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic," Kevin M. Sligh, acting regional administrator for FEMA Region 5, said. "This expedited grant funding will increase access to COVID-19 vaccines for individuals in Indiana, helping ensure anyone who wants a vaccine can get one."

FEMA provides funding at 100% federal share of eligible reimbursable expenses for this project, according to a statement from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

"This FEMA assistance will allow Indiana to continue its charge to vaccinate all eligible people as quickly as possible," Steve Cox, executive director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, said. "Hoosiers are waiting anxiously to get vaccines and move beyond this pandemic, and this assistance will play an important role in helping us to return to some sort of normalcy."