The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $8,916,505 to the New Jersey Department of Health to be used to immunize and vaccinate children.
The funding was announced by U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee that sets national health policy, and Cory Booker.
“Vaccines work. They keep our kids healthy and protected from diseases that once killed and infected thousands,” said Menendez. This “federal funding will allow the state to provide new vaccines to thousands of New Jersey children.”
“The science behind vaccines is clear — they keep people safe and healthy,” said Booker. The federal investment, he added, will “reduce the incidence of terrible and preventable diseases in our communities.”
The CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) funds states and local governments to purchase and distribute vaccines. The money may also be used to support immunization programs, keep tabs on vaccine-preventable diseases, provide public education.