5/13, 5:05 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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WH to invest $7 billion in public health worker hiring

The White House announced on Thursday that the Biden-Harris Administration will invest $7.4 billion from the American Rescue Plan to train and employ public health workers in efforts to improve the COVID-19 crisis response and aid the preparation for future public health concerns.

Health worker staffing will be expanded with a $4.4 billion investment aiming to create tens of thousands of jobs, while $3 billion will be earmarked for future pandemic preparation. Additional school nurses will be hired thanks to the funds to help the reopening of schools and explain vaccination options to adolescents and their parents after the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine was authorized for children aged 12 to 15.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced that public health workers are essential, providing critical services to keep Americans safe and healthy. The funding announced today will allow the United States to expand its public health workforce, creating tens of thousands of jobs to support vaccinations, testing, contact tracing, and community outreach, and strengthen America’s future public health infrastructure," read the White House fact sheet.

Breaking the News / MJ