Howard University has received a $1.59 million grant to expand its fleet of mobile coronavirus vaccination units to help reach D.C. residents unwilling or unable to access vaccine clinics.

The grant, from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Greenwood Initiative, will also help staff a new call center that will book appointments over the phone for residents unable to schedule online, the university said in a press release.

“Howard University plays an outsized role in caring for the Black community in Washington, D.C. While this is always the case, it has been especially true during the pandemic,” said Howard President Wayne A.I. Frederick. “By helping fund our mobile unit, Bloomberg will enable us to vaccinate more of the Black community, a critical step in mitigating the effects of a devastating virus that has disproportionately affected African-American individuals.”

Howard aims to serve those most in need, including Black communities in areas with low vaccination rates. The university says it has vaccinated more than 25,000 people since December.

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