“Over the last year, we’ve had to provide primary care services in really difficult circumstances. So some of these services will be used to build back the health center and take care of those needs,” van der Velden said. 22News spoke with Allison van der Velden, the CEO of Community Health Care of Franklin County, and she said the legislation designates this money for COVID-19 related expenses. The health center plans to use some of the money for maximizing its vaccine program, but it can help in other ways.
Right now the organization is administering about 120 vaccines per day. Van der Velden said that number could double once their facility in Orange reopens, which should be sometime before the end of the month. Here’s how the American Rescue Plan could impact western Massachusetts
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