Washington, D.C. – As part of the Biden administration’s National Month of Action for COVID-19 Vaccinations, today the National League of Cities announced a new initiative to support city leaders in their efforts to increase vaccination rates in the nations hardest-to-reach communities.
Cities, towns and villages have been on the frontlines of COVID response and recovery and play a critical role in ensuring their residents receive trusted information and equitable access to the COVID vaccine. Through a digital portal, local leaders will be able to access resources “created for and by local government”, learn from their peers and track their vaccination efforts.
“We have made tremendous strides in the vaccination of our communities, but local leaders must continue to focus on overcoming the challenges of access and misinformation,” said NLC CEO and Executive Director Clarence Anthony. “By working with the Administration, we are able to bring timely, accurate and relevant information to cities, towns and villages—and create a space of peer learning on how best to reach small and rural communities, Black, Indigenous and people of color and young people.”
While this effort is being launched to coincide with the “Month of Action” declared by the White House, the National League of Cities will continue to work with communities across the country throughout the summer and fall to ensure every resident has the opportunity to receive the vaccine. As cities, towns and villages develop new strategies and efforts to reach their residents, they will be eligible to receive recognition at NLC’s 2021 City Summit this November.
The COVID vaccine peer-learning digital portal for local leaders can be found at www.nlc.org/vaccine.
The National League of Cities (NLC) is the voice of America’s cities, towns and villages, representing more than 200 million people across the country. NLC works to strengthen local leadership, influence federal policy and drive innovative solutions. Stay connected with NLC on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.