SALEM, Ore. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded Oregon more than $110 million in federal funding to help establish and maintain coronavirus vaccination sites throughout the state.
The FEMA funding totals $110,082,859 for costs that come from "emergency activities," including labor, contract services, security, refrigeration, supplies, equipment, and facility rentals.
"I am extremely pleased that Oregon will receive these critical funds from FEMA as we continue our efforts to ramp up vaccinations across the state," Governor Kate Brown said in a statement. "These emergency funds bring some welcome financial relief and will help ensure the cost of vaccinating Oregonians will not be a barrier to our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic."
The funding comes through FEMA's Public Assistance Grant Program, which reimburses communities for disaster response and recovery. Brown's office said that the funding goes directly to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, which distributes the money to local governments, tribes, and state agencies that incur costs from vaccine roll-out.
"I want to thank our partners at FEMA for streamlining the public assistance grant process," Brown concluded. "The expedited funding will help the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management provide vaccine access to Oregonians and support local vaccination efforts across the state."
While this influx of funding goes to the state for distribution, some localities in Oregon have received direct grants from FEMA. The federal agency announced in February that it would offer nearly $4.5 million to Josephine County for vaccination efforts.