South Carolina gets $47M to amp up minority vaccine efforts

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina is getting a $47 million boost to its COVID-19 vaccination programs, particularly in minority communities.

The $47 million award announced Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is intended to shore up local efforts to expand vaccine deployment.

Officials say 75% of the total funding must toward programs and initiatives aimed at getting more vaccines into racial and ethnic minority communities.

The money could go toward training people to go door-to-door in their own areas, raise vaccine awareness and help people sign up for vaccine appointments.

Funds could also be used to hire community health workers focusing on bilingual outreach.

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