West Virginia senators announce federal funding for state immunization program

Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) announced the acquisition of $920,849 in federal funding on Monday to maintain a critical state immunization program.

The federal funding will go to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to maintain the vaccination program. The grant will support local health centers and Vaccines for Children providers, which make vaccines available to families that need them, regardless of ability to pay.

"Providing access to immunizations is one important form of preventive care for West Virginians," Rockefeller said. "To provide that care, we must maintain a top-notch vaccination program that works closely with local health centers to make sure that they are well equipped to give everyone in our state the vaccines they need. This grant supports vaccine providers across the state, and helps keep West Virginia healthy."

The grant will also fund the maintenance of an immunization registry and site visits to administer training to health centers to properly handle and store immunizations.

"Improving preventive care access across our great state will help West Virginians maintain a healthy lifestyle," Manchin said. "It is so important that all West Virginians, especially our children, have access to the vaccinations that they need to keep our state strong and successful."

The funding comes from the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease, a part of the Department of Health and Human Services. The mission of the NCIRD is the prevention of disability, disease and death through immunization and through the control of respiratory and related diseases.