CORVALLIS, Ore. – Benton County will be receiving millions in federal funding to support COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved $3,116,229 for the efforts.
County officials said the money will be allocated to the State of Oregon, which is responsible for directing the funds to them.
“We have been in some level of emergency response for over a year and the ability to receive expedited reimbursement for expenses will be integral for our ongoing success,” said Bryan Lee, Director for the Benton County Emergency Operations Center.
County officials said the funding and partnerships with Samaritan and Oregon State University will allow the county to administer a large number of vaccines as soon as the supply becomes available.
The money will reportedly be used for additional staffing and supplies, improvements to the COVID-19 phone bank software and postage costs to provide information to residents.
County officials say the amount of the award is based on a formula calculated by FEMA.