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WATCH: U.S. expanding COVID-19 vaccine access to community health centers

WASHINGTON — The federal government is expanding COVID-19 vaccine access to all federally qualified community health centers.

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White House COVID-19 adviser Andy Slavitt announced the development Wednesday, which expands opportunities for underserved communities to find vaccines in their communities.

There are roughly than 1,400 of the health centers nationwide, which serve communities both hardest hit by the coronavirus and the most difficult to reach for vaccination.

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The White House says the health center program is essential to ensuring equity in vaccine distribution. A majority of doses distributed by the community health centers have gone to racial and ethnic minorities, the White House says.