Date: Friday, April 23, 2021
With access to the COVID-19 vaccine now available to all Colorado residents 16 years of age and older, $2.51 million in grants were recently awarded to ensure access to the vaccine for Coloradans who face barriers to this critical health care service due to race and/or their socioeconomic status. The grants were made by Together We Protect, a partnership of Immunize Colorado, the Colorado Vaccine Equity Taskforce, and 12 Colorado funders that came together to create Colorado’s COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Fund. 48 community-based nonprofit organizations, health clinics, and mental health centers were awarded first-round grants, ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, to provide outreach, education and vaccine access in communities disproportionally impacted by COVID-19. Black, Latino, and Native Americans have all experienced rates of infection, hospitalization, and death that far exceed their proportion of the population. Access to COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination rates for both COVID-19 and other vaccines in these communities lag behind those for White Coloradans.
Organizations may continue to apply for a second round of funding from Together We Protect, with applications accepted until April 28, 2021 (learn more).