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Finger Lakes Rural Immunization Initiative

The Finger Lakes Rural Immunization Initiative is a one-year initiative, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to address low vaccination rates in rural areas. The program focuses on COVID-19 vaccine awareness, education, and increase in access for the nine-county Finger Lakes region of Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates.

Jeanine Wilder, program manager, and Sara Mayer-Fried, health project coordinator, work closely with community partners, physicians, local health departments and other collaborators to increase vaccine awareness, knowledge and acceptance of COVID-19 vaccine throughout the Finger Lakes. 

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