Middletown among CT towns getting $13 million in federal vaccine equity funds

MIDDLETOWN — The city of Middletown is one of 27 municipalities in Connecticut being awarded grant funding to increase vaccine equity.

In total, the city will be receiving $115,519 to “ensure vaccinations are conducted in an equitable manner to communities of color, vulnerable populations, those with limited English proficiency, and those living at the margins of our economy,” according to Middletown Acting Health Director Kevin Elak.

Locally, the Vaccine Equity Partnership Grant is a collaboration between the Middletown Health Department, Ministerial Health Fellowship and Middlesex Health.


The Chatham Health District, which serves the towns of Colchester, Portland, East Hampton, Marlborough, East Haddam and Hebron, was also among the recipients, the news release said.

Community outreach activities to be undertaken by these unique partnerships will include: door-to-door canvassing, employer canvassing, outbound calling and texting, peer-to-peer training, public service announcement publication, train-the-trainer programs, and canvassing in immigrant communities, according to a press release from Gov. Ned Lamont.

Grant money will also be used to support transportation services, home-bound and homeless vaccinations, and fixed site and mobile vaccination programs.

Connecticut received the federal funding as part of a nationwide effort to ensure people in underserved communities, including communities of color and ethnically diverse communities, will have equal access to COVID-19 vaccinations, according to Lamont. Achieving a high rate of vaccination among state residents is imperative to efforts in Connecticut, and nationwide, to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, he said.

“Our goal with the vaccination program is to reach out to every Connecticut resident, particularly those who have historically been underserved when it comes to access to health care, transportation, or other challenges,” Lamont said in a prepared statement. “Everybody deserves the right to access these lifesaving vaccines. We need to do everything we can to make sure everyone has an equal opportunity to receive this care.”