The COVID-19 pandemic has Americans struggling both with a health crisis and an economic crisis. In an effort to help our state, the federal government has promised to assist New York with the cost of vaccination distribution. Yesterday FEMA paid $467 million to New York as part of the help they promised.

According to TimesUnion, The Federal Emergency Management Administration promised the State of New York $934 million to help with the vaccination of our state's citizens. Yesterday they paid half ($467 million) to the state.

The money will be used to help pay for many things attributed to the vaccine. It will help pay for a public awareness campaign, storage, personal protective equipment, and transportation.

State officials recognized that vaccinating all of our citizens is going to be both time-consuming and expensive, so they are looking for the federal government for help. Administering two doses of the vaccine for every resident adds up to millions of doses and millions of dollars. The state has set a goal of immunizing over 7 million people in the current phase.

As the state attempts to inoculate so many citizens, they are struggling to overcome distribution hurdles. People are almost desperate to get the shots, and the supply of the doses are very limited.

Senator Chuck Schumer has been in contact with President Biden asking for help for New York State, and the Biden administration announced yesterday that they will be distributing more vaccines to the states soon.

The United States is one of the richest countries in the world, with some of the best technology and science. Hopefully, the government can get on track and get us back to normal as soon as possible. Until then continue to do the things that you know work, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and wear your mask.

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