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Relief Telemed nurse Ashleigh Variest gives Kei Andre Hilliard a Moderna coronavirus vaccine at a pop-up vaccination event, Thursday, April 1, 2021, at The Greater Mt. Canaan Baptist Church on Evangeline Street in Baton Rouge, La.

Louisiana was awarded $42,796,369 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday to support local efforts to increase vaccine uptake in communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. 

The award is part of $3 billion in funding made available to the CDC by the American Rescue Plan and other federal legislation aimed at bolstering broad-based vaccine distribution, access and administration efforts. 

Seventy-five percent of the total funds must focus on vaccination initiatives in racial minority communities, and at least 60% must go to support local health departments, community-based organizations and community health centers. 

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