U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar has announced that three San Bernardino County community health centers and health care providers will receive a total of $10.2 million in American Rescue Plan funds to expand COVID-19 vaccination access and care.
This round of funding is targeted to provide relief to lower-income communities and ensure health equity. The resources stem from the American Rescue Plan, President Biden’s landmark law to help American communities beat the coronavirus crisis.
As a result of the American Rescue Plan becoming law, the following Inland Empire Community Health centers and providers will receive funding:
• SAC (Social Action Corps) Health System: $5,526,125
• Inland Behavioral and Health Services: $1,822,750
• County of San Bernardino: $2,861,750
“I was proud to help pass the American Rescue Plan because it delivers this type of direct relief to communities like ours,” Aguilar said. “Throughout this crisis, community health centers have taken the lead to ensure every Inland Empire resident has access to high quality care.
“Now, they’ll have the funding they need to continue expanding health care services and vaccination access to help us stamp out this virus and get our community moving again.”
Dr. Jason Lohr, CEO of SAC Health System, expressed gratitude.
“SAC Health System and our health care partners will use this funding to provide much needed health care to the most fragile residents in our region,” Lohr said.
Aguilar pitches in at vaccination clinic
U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar volunteered at the Redlands Vaccination Clinic Friday morning and thanked all of the volunteers who are making the clinic possible.
About 2,148 vaccines have been administered at the clinic, which is collaboration between the University of Redlands, Redlands Community Hospital, Redlands Unified School District, Redlands Police Department, Redlands Fire Department and the city of Redlands.