Covid-19

​COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout: CDC & HHS Guidelines & Resources

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Here’s everything you need to know about COVID-19 Vaccines

With increased vaccine distributions nationwide following the passage of the American Rescue Plan, Poligon is here to provide resources, policy updates, as well as educational content on COVID-19.

[Breaking] Every person age 16 and up can now get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Have some general questions about receiving the vaccine? 
Read this FAQ from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Read what fully vaccinated people need to know
Read about how to talk to your family and friends about COVID-19

Read about how to get a COVID-19 vaccine when you are uninsured

Here’s where you can find out more about the J&J Vaccine:

March 26th, 2021

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You may have heard of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, a comprehensive legislation known as the “American Rescue Plan”. You may also have questions about this new legislation, and how it will impact you as we continue to navigate living under a global pandemic. 

The American Rescue Plan Explained:

Where does the funding go?
The bill intends to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in the following areas:

What is NOT included in the bill?

  • The $15/hour minimum wage was cut from this legislation.
  • Earners above $80k fall outside the income cap for direct financial aid.
  • The Unemployment Insurance benefit was reduced from $400 to $300.

What are the challenges of the bill?

  • The IRS is challenged to administer billions of dollars worth of tax refunds and checks shortly before the tax filing deadline.
  • Many Americans without bank accounts or home addresses do not know they qualify for EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit), CTC (Child Tax Credit), or CDCTC (Child & Dependent Care Tax Credit), delaying their access to direct financial assistance.

Why does the implementation of the bill matter?

If you haven’t already received the $1,400 stimulus payment, you can track your payment via the “Get My Payment” tool at IRS.gov. 

Who is eligible to receive the third payment? People who:

  • Filed a 2020 tax return
  • Filed a 2019 tax return if their 2020 return has not been submitted or processed yet. 
  • Did not file a 2020 or 2019 tax return, but registered for the first Economic Impact Payment using the special Non-Filers portal last year. 
  • Are federal benefit recipients as of December 31, 2020, who do not usually file a tax return and received Social Security and Railroad Retirement Board benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Veteran benefits. 

At Poligon, we advocate for the inclusion of Black, Indigenous, and all people of color in policy decision-making and implementation. We must hold our elected officials accountable for following through on their claims and legislation. While the American Rescue Plan aims for healthy social and economic recovery, we must ensure the application of the American Rescue Plan provides equitable policy measures at the state, local, and federal level for our communities to truly begin to recover from this pandemic. 

Check our COVID-19 Policy Updates Center for more information!

THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN

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Congress is moving quickly to pass the next COVID-19 relief package this week, as COVID-19 has now claimed more than 500,000 lives, and disproportionately impacted high numbers of Black and Brown lives! This is the time to act. You may have heard of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, a comprehensive legislation known as the “American Rescue Plan”. 

The American Rescue Plan will:

  • Increase access to vaccinations, COVID-19 testing, and PPE;
  • Extend Unemployment Insurance, food assistance, and stimulus checks;
  • Extend eviction and foreclosure moratoria;
  • Provide financial support for small businesses and school reopening plans;
  • Increase the minimum wage to $15/hour, and much more!

Find your Representative and urge them to support the American Rescue Plan! The livelihood of American families are at stake, and it is up to us to hold our Members of Congress accountable.

READ: Poligon’s Statement on the Passage of the COVID-19 Relief Package

Congress Passes $900 COVID Relief Bill, But Poligon’s Work Continues

Poligon’s Policy and Advocacy Manager, Johanna Mustafa, issued the following statement:
“We are a nation of abundance and wealth where struggling families deserve urgent and lasting change. As we move forward with a new Congress in 2021, Poligon will continue to work towards the inclusion of vulnerable communities. While we support the economic relief this package will provide, we recognize that the American people need more help than this bill provides. Poligon urges Congress to pass another round of direct stimulus checks to help families who have been struggling for months. Our tax dollars must be invested in our communities and center the domestic human needs and rights of our people.”

Read full statement here.

BREAKING: Congress Passes $900 Billion COVID-19 Relief Package

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Congress passed a $2.3 trillion package, which included $1.4 trillion to fund the government and $900 billion in coronavirus relief. The bill now goes to President Trump’s desk, where he has until December 28th to sign it. 

The relief package includes:

  • $600 per person stimulus checks – for individuals earning $75,000 and less per year and $600 for their children.
  • Additional $300 per week​ through unemployment insurance and a federal unemployment insurance 
  • $284 billion in loans for businesses 
  • $69 billion in testing and vaccine distribution funds  
  • $82 billion in funding for colleges and schools.
  • $25 billion in rental assistance and a one-month extension of the eviction moratorium
  • $20 billion for hospitals and healthcare providers
  • $13 billion in food assistance 
    • ​Increases SNAP benefits by 15% for 6 months
    • Ensures college students have access to SNAP
    • Additional funding for food banks and senior nutrition programs
    • Emergency funds for school and day care feeding programs
  • $10 billion for Postal Service

The bill did not include the controversial corporate immunity provision. The package also lift out immigrants from receiving aid and state and local government funding. 

Congress is set to go on recess until the new year but is already turning its attention to a potential sixth package. 

BREAKING: Congress Reaches Deal on $900 billion COVID-19 Relief Package

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After months of stalemate, Congress has reached a deal on a $900 billion in COVID-19 relief package, as multiple federal aid programs are set to expire at the end of the year.

The agreement includes:

  • $600 per person stimulus checks – for individuals earning $75,000 per year and $600 for their children.
  • Additional $300 per week​ through unemployment insurance and a federal unemployment insurance 
  • $284 billion in loans for businesses 
  • $69 billion in testing and vaccine distribution funds  
  • $82 billion in funding for colleges and schools.
  • $25 billion in rental assistance and a one-month extension of the eviction moratorium
  • $20 billion for hospitals and healthcare providers
  • $13 billion in food assistance is also in the bill
    • ​Increases SNAP benefits by 15% for 6 months
    • Ensures college students have access to SNAP
    • Additional funding for food banks and senior nutrition programs
    • Emergency funds for school and day care feeding programs

The package excludes the GOP priority of liability protection from Covid-19-related lawsuits for businesses. It also doesn’t include additional aid to State and Local governments. Lawmakers are expected to vote on the package beginning Monday.

ACTION ALERT: Time is running out! Demand an emergency COVID aid package!

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​The United States has surpassed over 282,000 deaths due to COVID-19! Congress has failed to act in the face of tremendous economic battles impacting the most vulnerable communities.  Join us in calling on our elected officials to immediately pass a comprehensive COVID-19 relief package and ensure that families are protected in such difficult times. 

Join us in calling on our elected officials to immediately pass a comprehensive COVID-19 relief package and ensure that families are protected in such difficult times. A bipartisan $908 billion framework has been introduced without any legislative text. Vulnerable communities deserve a stronger sense of urgency. We urge the Senate to pass a COVID-19 relief bill that protects: 

  • The unemployed and low income individuals:​ Enact quarterly targeted stimulus checks, accessible to low income individuals, including immigrants, through the duration of the pandemic. While also extending unemployment insurance benefits.
  • Immigrants: Provide free access to COVID-19 testing and treatment to uninsured people, regardless of their immigration status. Extend stimulus benefits to immigrant taxpayers from previous relief bills.  Extend work permits and protections from deportation for immigrants.
  • Access to nutrition: Increase SNAP’s maximum benefit by %15, with an average $25/person per month, and expand the minimum SNAP benefit from $15/month to $30/month.
  • Access to healthcare: Fund health services for COVID-19 testing, treatment, and vaccine development and distribution.
  • Housing: Enact emergency rental assistance and prevent evictions, utility shutoffs, and homelessness. 

Write to your senator and demand they provide immediate relief to people impacted by COVID-19 today!

Letter: Urging Congress to pass the COVID Community Care Act

Poligon joined over 50+ organizations in sending a letter in support of the COVID Community Care Act (H.R. 8192/S.4941) and urge swift passage and implementation of this essential piece of legislation. This bill recognizes the essential role local non-profits, faith-based and community-based organizations have played in addressing Covid-19 through culturally and linguistically appropriate outreach for testing, contact tracing and the provision of resources such as access to food, medicine, and personal protective equipment, as well as the resource coordination necessary to address job and housing insecurity.

COVID Community Care Act

BREAKING: Bipartisan lawmakers introduce $908 billion COVID-19 relief framework

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The Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of bipartisan lawmakers, unveiled a $908 billion COVID-19 relief framework aimed to break stalemate between Democrats and Republicans over emergency assistance amidst the pandemic. 

The framework includes:

  • $160 billion for State, Local, and Tribal Governments
  • $180 billion for additional Unemployment Insurance (UI)
  • $288 billion for small businesses including Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
  • $45 billion for Transportation (Airlines, Airports, Buses, Transit, and Amtrak)
  • $16 billion for Vaccine Development and Distribution 
  • $35 billion for Healthcare Provider Relief Fund
  • $82 billion for Education
  • $25 billion for Housing Assistance
  • $26 billion for Nutrition (including SNAP)
  • $10 billion for U.S. Postal Service

The unemployment benefits would reduce to $300 a week for 18 week, compared to the $600 per week included under the CARES Act. The funds would run through the first quarter of 2021. Congress is running out of time to pass a fifth relief bill with lawmakers scheduled to leave for the year as soon as next week and multiple federal assistance programs set to expire at the end of the month.