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Thursday, March 25, 2021

麻州本週將多領到4萬劑強生疫苗 州府撥款一億助四市抗疫

麻州州長查理貝克將撥款一意協助4城市抗疫。(視頻截圖)
             (Boston Orange 周菊子綜合報導)麻州州長查理貝克(Charlie Baker)(25)日表示,麻州下星期將從聯邦政府那兒多領到40,800劑強生(J&J)新冠疫苗,另外將從國會紓困款中撥1億元,濟助麻州雀喜(Chelsea)、艾弗瑞(Everett),米修(Methuen),以及龍都(Randolph)等受新冠病毒打擊最嚴重的4個城市。

麻州也將多收到2萬劑用於施打第一劑的輝瑞(Pfizer)疫苗。查理貝克強調,強生疫苗只需注射一劑,保存不需嚴峻低溫,可減少很多運送及保存問題,其實是更好的選擇。

由於麻州內約有2萬多人因各種原因,難以出門。麻州政府特地設置844-771-1628這有多種語言翻譯的電話熱線,讓已符合接種疫苗資格者,在週一至週五的早上9點至下午5點之間撥打,安排上門打疫苗服務。

麻州健康及人民服務長Marylou Sudders說明疫苗細節。

州政府將在聯邦政府明定紓困款使用規定細節後,再和各社區最後協商,協助市鎮因應新冠病毒帶來的經濟影響,以及稅收損失,同時投資修建水,下水道,寬頻網路等基礎建設。

聯邦政府每週分發給麻州的疫苗,本週數量約為172,000第一劑疫苗,其中7,900劑為強生(J&J)疫苗。若包括第一及第二劑,麻州本週將共獲得33萬劑疫苗。聯邦政府直接發給聯邦零售藥店項目,或是符合聯邦醫療中心資格(FQHC)機構的疫苗劑量,並不包括在內。

麻州政府以新聞稿說明,本週的第一及第二劑疫苗分發概況為,115,120劑交給了醫療系統及醫療護理供應者,但不包括社區健康中心。109,750劑交給了麻州大型疫苗站。55,850劑交給了區域合作機構,以及地方醫療局。28,820劑交給了社區健康中心。10,350劑交給了零售藥店(CVS)9,800劑交給了支援長照機構,集體照顧場所及可負擔/低收入耆英住宅大樓,以及出門不便個人的流動門診。

聯邦政府直接發給CVS等聯邦零售藥店合作夥伴的新冠疫苗,本週共有115,800劑,15FQHC獲得24,570劑。

麻州政府表示,初步估計,麻州可從2021年美國援救法中獲得79億元直接補助,其中包括要撥交給地方市鎮的34億元。由於在麻州受新冠病毒打擊最嚴重的20個市鎮中,雀喜,艾弗瑞,米修及龍都等四個城市,因人口地理等因素,能夠分到的聯邦補助費用較少,麻州政府因此將另撥款一億元,協助這四個城市因應新冠病毒帶來的經濟影響,以及稅收損失,投資修建水資源,下水道,寬頻網路等基礎建設。

麻州近來已斥資3300萬元,用於協助民眾接種新冠疫苗,其中250萬元用於,包括雇用Archipelago策略公司和全民健保(Heathcare for All)這兩機構,辦理草根式的逐戶打電話或上門解釋活動,更多人知道疫苗的效果,施打方式,地點,並預約疫苗注射等等訊息。


Baker-Polito Administration Provides Weekly Dose Updates, $100 Million for Disproportionately Impacted Communities, Announces Homebound Vaccination Program

 BOSTON – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the weekly distribution of COVID-19 vaccine doses to providers across the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth has received 330,000 first and second doses from the federal government as part of the state allocation of doses.

 The Administration also announced $100 million in funding for four communities – Chelsea, Everett, Methuen and Randolph – that are all designated hardest hit communities but received disproportionately smaller levels of federal funding in the recently passed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act compared to other communities.

 The Administration also announced the launch of the Commonwealth’s homebound vaccination program to build on the Administration’s efforts to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth have equitable access to the vaccine.

 Dose Update

 The Administration provided the weekly update for doses allocated from the federal government.

 This week, the state received a modest increase in supply of first doses, for a total of 172,000. This includes 7,900 doses of J&J vaccine.

 In total, the Commonwealth received 330,000 first and second doses as part of the state allocation. These figures do not include doses provided directly from the federal government to the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program or to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC).

 This week, first doses and second dose state allocations (total doses), were distributed among providers as follows:

  • Health systems and health care providers (excluding community health centers): 115,120
  • Mass vaccination locations: 109,750
  • Regional Collaboratives and Local Boards of Health: 55,850
  • Community Health Centers: 28,820
  • Retail pharmacies (non-CVS) state allocation: 10,350
  • Mobile Clinics supporting long-term care facilities, congregate care, affordable/low-income senior housing and homebound individuals: 9,800

Weekly allocations are subject to change based on federal availability, demand from providers, and obligations to meet second doses. Providers have 10 days to use their doses and must meet specific performance thresholds.

The Administration has also been informed that the federal government will send a one-time allocation of 40,800 doses of J&J vaccine to the Commonwealth next week as well as a one-time allocation of 20,000 Pfizer first doses.

Federal Doses:

In addition to the state allocation, the federal government distributes vaccines to CVS Health sites as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Partnership as well as to certain Massachusetts federally qualified community health centers. These quantities fluctuate on a weekly basis and are not counted as part of the state’s weekly allocation.

This week, 115,800 first and second doses were allocated to the retail pharmacy program.

15 FQHCs received 24,570 doses directly from the Federal Government.

Municipal Funding

The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that a total of $100 million in aid will be distributed to Chelsea, Everett, Methuen, and Randolph, four communities that were hit hardest by COVID-19 but are expected to receive disproportionally smaller amounts of federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. These four municipalities will be able to use this $100 million in direct aid to support costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including direct response efforts, addressing negative economic impacts, replacing revenue lost during the pandemic, making investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, as well as other eligible expenditures.

Based on preliminary estimates published by the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Massachusetts is expected to receive a total of approximately $7.9 billion in direct aid through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, including $3.4 billion to counties, cities, and towns in Massachusetts. A portion of this $3.4 billion is being allocated to municipalities based on the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program formula, while assistance to other communities is being allocated on a per-capita basis. The use of these two different allocation formulas creates disparities in distributions among cities and towns, and Chelsea, Everett, Methuen, and Randolph are the four designated hardest hit communities with disproportionately smaller levels of federal funding compared to other hardest hit communities.

The commitment announced today by the Baker-Polito Administration includes distributing $100 million to address disparities in funding allocations among these four hardest hit communities after the US Treasury publishes final payment figures in the coming weeks. The Administration will work with the Legislature to use existing or future sources of federal revenue to fund this commitment.

Homebound  Vaccination Program

Beginning March 29, the Administration will launch a homebound vaccination program to provide in-home vaccinations to homebound individuals who cannot leave their home, even with supports, to get to a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

In-home vaccinations will be available to homebound individuals who:

·  Have considerable difficulty and/or require significant support to leave the home for medical appointments

·  Require an ambulance or two-person assistance to leave the home

·  Are not able to leave home for medical appointments under normal circumstances.

168 local Boards of Health (representing about 40% of MA’s population) will conduct a homebound vaccination program for their community residents, while homebound residents of 183 municipalities (representing 60% of MA’s population) will receive vaccines through the statewide service through Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA).

Health care providers, Aging Services Access Points (ASAP), Local Boards of Health, Councils on Aging (COAs) and other community organizations will be connecting individuals to the homebound program. In addition, homebound individuals and their loved ones can call 1-833-983-0485 to schedule an appointment and determine if they meet eligibility for in-home vaccination. The registration phone line is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM and has representatives who speak English and Spanish, as well as translation services available in 100+ languages.

“CCA is honored to lead this critical mission of vaccinating homebound citizens of Massachusetts,” said Christopher D. Palmieri, President and Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Care Alliance. “Since our inception, CCA’s approach to care has been rooted in the community to ensure the most appropriate site of care for the individuals we so proudly serve. Over the past few weeks, we have successfully vaccinated hundreds of our own homebound health plan members, and our team is ready to expand this effort across the state and aid the Commonwealth’s vaccination effort in any way we can.”

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