Community Health Centers Move to Frontline Providers of COVID-19 Immunization Services Under President Biden’s Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program

This Data Note describes a new initiative by the Biden Administration to allocate COVID-19 vaccine supplies directly to community health centers. It also presents updated information on the number of community health center staff members and patients who have received COVID-19 vaccine doses. This information is drawn from five weeks of data reported from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Health Center COVID-19 Survey.

Key Updates from the Health Center COVID-19 Survey (Week #42): Over a Quarter of a Million Community Health Center Staff Members and Patients Have Received a COVID-19 Vaccine

On January 19, 2021, the U.S. COVID-19 death toll reached 400,000 deaths. Data reported that week from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) weekly Health Center COVID-19 Survey indicate that 269,593 community health center patients were tested for the COVID-19 virus the week of January 15th, 2021, down by more than 56,000 from the 325,986 reported for the week of January 8th. Similarly, the number of health center patients with confirmed infection (39,221) this week was substantially lower than its peak recorded level (55,163) as of January 8th.

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Intensified the Impact of the Public Charge Rule on Community Health Centers, their Patients, and their Communities

Community health centers operate in the poorest urban and rural communities that experience elevated health risks as well as a serious shortage of primary health care. Immigrants are disproportionately likely to be poor, and therefore experience a greater need for publicly supported health services. Community health centers serve large numbers of immigrants, not only because of their location but also because of the extent to which health centers have adapted their care and services to meet immigrants’ unique language, cultural, and health needs.

Key Updates from the Health Center COVID-19 Survey (Week #36): The Status of Community Health Centers in the Midst of the Worst Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the nation endures the worst phase of the COVID-19 pandemic to date, data from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) weekly Health Center COVID-19 Survey indicate that the number of patients tested for the COVID-19 virus this week (335,139) reached the highest level reported over eight months. Similarly, the number of health center patients with confirmed infection (51,637) was at its second-highest recorded level and staff members who tested positive for the virus (2,076) was at its peak recorded level.

Key Updates from the Health Center COVID-19 Survey (Week #32): The Status of Community Health Centers as the Nation Enters the Worst Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the nation entered the worst phase of the COVID-19 pandemic to date, data from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) weekly Health Center COVID-19 Survey indicate that the number of patients tested for the COVID-19 virus this week (244,945) neared the peak level (251,246) reported in mid-August. Similarly, the number of health center patients (31,519) and staff members (1,164) who tested positive for the virus also trended upward, raising additional concern.