Press Release

September 18, 2023
Maryland Delegation Announces More Than $900,000 to Provide Free COVID-19 Vaccines to Marylanders

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie Raskin, David Trone and Glenn Ivey (all D-Md.) today announced $934,965 in U.S. Department of Health funding for Maryland health centers to provide no-cost COVID-19 vaccines.

“The pandemic exposed many gaps and shortfalls in vaccine accessibility, especially for the millions of Americans who are under- or uninsured,” said the lawmakers. “As COVID-19 cases start to rise again this fall, this funding will help more Marylanders get vaccinated and provide them with the best defense against the virus, bolstering overall community health.”

The funding was made available through the United States Department of Health and Human Services Fiscal Year 2023 Bridge Access Program. The federal funds will be used to ensure that all Marylanders, regardless of insurance status, have access to COVID-19 vaccinations. The following entities received funding:

  • Baltimore City
    • $154,661, Chase Brexton Health Services, Inc.
    • $134,957, Baltimore Medical System, Inc.  
    • $86,646, Health Care for the Homeless, Inc.
    • $53,566, Total Health Care, Inc.
    • $24,868, Park Health Systems Inc.
    • $20,279, Family Health Centers of Baltimore Inc.  
  • Prince George’s, Montgomery, and Anne Arundel Counties
    • $11,055, Owensville Primary Care, Inc. in Anne Arundel County
    • $154,177, The Community Clinic, Inc. in Montgomery County
    • $44,285, Mobile Medical Care, Inc. in Montgomery County
    • $63,401, Greater Baden Medical Service Inc. in Prince George’s County
  • Western Maryland
    • $22,020 City of Frederick in Frederick County
    • $19,426, Walnut Street Community Health Center, Inc. in Washington County
    • $17,143, Tri-State Community Health Center in Washington County
    • $15,886, Western Maryland Health Care Corporation in Garrett County
  • Eastern Shore
    • $55,826, Choptank Community Health System, Inc. in Caroline County
    • $41,125, Three Lower Counties Community Services, Inc. in Wicomico County
    • $15,644, West Cecil Health Center, Inc. in Cecil County

The Bridge Access Program is designed as a “temporary bridge” to vaccination access and is set to expire in December 2024.