Howard University College of Medicine received a $1.59 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies to put toward its mobile COVID-19 vaccination program.
The grant will provide upgrades to the mobile vaccination unit, additional paid staff and more medical supplies. Howard’s on-site vaccine clinics and mobile units have vaccinated over 25,000 people so far.
Howard University began offering COVID-19 vaccinations in December, with a focus on Black communities with low vaccination rates. According to the Economic Policy Institute, Black Americans make up over 16 percent of front-line industry workers and are three times more likely than their white counterparts to contract COVID-19, and twice as likely to die from the virus.
Howard’s vaccine outreach efforts were started to combat unreliable transportation, limited access to the internet and a lack of flexible work hours in the Black community.
Bloomberg Philanthropies previously donated $100 million to the nation’s four historically Black medical schools, with Howard receiving $32.8 million.
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