The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been deployed to eleven states to help set up vaccination sites after President Joe Biden ordered the agency to respond to the pandemic at “wartime effort” levels.
Arizona, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia Washington, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will have the federally supported vaccine centers. Four of those states set up and utilized nine sites within a day of Biden’s remarks, NBC 4 New York reported.
“Additional staff across the country are supporting virtually, while the U.S. National Guard Bureau is providing staffing, administrative and logistics support to vaccines sites in 22 states,” FEMA said in a statement.
FEMA has budgeted $1.2 billion for its coronavirus response, and has said it will reimburse states that mobilize its National Guard to help set up and run vaccine sites, including mobile ones.