On July 29, the Biden administration called on state and local governments to utilize the $362 billion Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (Recovery Fund) to provide $100 payments to every newly vaccinated American as an incentive to boost vaccination rates. This request follows both updated Recovery Fund guidance from the U.S. Department of Treasury, which allows Recovery Fund recipients to use these dollars to pay for vaccine incentive programs, as well as the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) updated indoor mask guidance in response to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases across the country.
In addition to this new directive, the Biden Administration announced the following efforts to increase the number of vaccinated Americans:
- Expanding paid leave to encourage children and families to get vaccinated: President Biden announced that small-and medium-sized businesses will now be reimbursed for offering their employees paid leave to get their family members, including children, vaccinated.
- Increasing vaccinations among adolescents as children return to school: President Biden called on school districts nationwide to host at least one pop-up vaccination clinic over the coming weeks. Additionally, the administration is directing pharmacies in the federal pharmacy program to prioritize this and to work with school districts across the country.
Counties are on the front lines in responding to this pandemic, especially when it comes to the development of COVID-19 vaccine programs and distribution of vaccines. As of June 29, counties have assisted in the administration of more than 325 million COVID-19 vaccine doses and have worked with our state and federal partners to overcome access and hesitancy barriers.