ACTION ALERT ON NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION FUNDING
We need your help!
On June 30, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY23 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) appropriations bill, recommending $825,797,000 for the National Immunization Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — known as the “Section 317” program. On July 28, the Senate Appropriations Committee released its FY23 Labor-HHS appropriations bill, recommending $860,772,000 for the Section 317 program. The 317 Coalition will be advocating for the inclusion of the higher Senate amount, $860,772,000, in conference negotiations happening later this year.
1) Call or email your Members of Congress and ask them to support the Senate appropriations recommendation of $860 million for the Section 317 Immunization Program in the FY23 Labor-HHS appropriations bill.
2) Given an example of why additional funding is needed in your state for vaccine program operations and infrastructure, and vaccine purchase. Sample talking points are included below.
Contacting a Congressional Office
The US Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 can connect you with your Senator/representative. It is best to call the Washington office, not the local district office. To look up your senators/ representatives, go online to www.senate.gov/ www.house.gov and search by state. From there, you can directly call or email your Senator/ Representative. To email your Member of Congress, click “contact,” and you will be taken to their email form. As you fill out these forms, be sure to use the talking points below in the body of your email.
When calling your Senator/ Representative, ask to speak with the staff person who handles the Health and Human Services Appropriations for the office (specifically the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)).
When you reach the staffer, very briefly identify your professional affiliation and work related to immunization.
Talking Points/Content for Email
I am contacting you to ask that the Senator/Representative support the Senate funding recommendation of $860 million for the 317 Immunization Program in the FY23 Labor-HHS appropriations bill.
Vaccines are one of the greatest success stories in public health and are among the most cost-effective ways to prevent disease. Childhood immunizations over the past twenty years have prevented 381 million illnesses and 855,000 deaths and saved nearly $1.65 trillion in societal costs. Unfortunately, millions of children and adults have missed routine vaccinations due to the pandemic, putting years of success in jeopardy.
An effective vaccine campaign is critical to controlling COVID-19, requiring the establishment and maintenance of a robust public health immunization infrastructure.
Control of COVID-19 will likely include confronting new variants and the need for more boosters or annual COVID-19 vaccinations, like annual flu vaccination.
Providing $860 million for the Section 317 Program in FY 2023 would help sustain the improvements made through the emergency supplemental bills to ensure both routine immunizations are restored, and future preparedness is assured.