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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published June 09, 2021

June Designated as National Vaccine Month of Action

On June 2, the Biden Administration officially launched the National Vaccine Month of Action. The goal of this initiative is for 70% of U.S. adults to receive at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine by July 4. Currently, the United States has vaccinated approximately 63% of the adult population and 73% of the population over the age of 40. For more information, visit the COVID-19 Community Corps.  To locate where to get your vaccine, visit, text your zip code to 438829, or call the National COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-800-232-0233.

Senate Dear Colleague Letter Supporting Title VIII Sees Strong Support

On June 4, thirty-seven Senate democrats submitted a “Dear Colleague” letter to the Chair and Ranking member of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee requesting $530 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 for Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs. Led by our Senate Nursing Caucus Co-chair and steadfast nursing champion, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), this letter provides a strong show of support for Title VIII programs and reinforces the need for bold funding in the coming fiscal year. Thank you to our AACN Advocates who sent 340 messages to their Senators asking them to sign onto this initiative. As Congress continues to advance its appropriation bills, AACN will monitor ongoing conversations and advocate for further investments in nursing education, workforce, and research.

Join the Conversation: How to Amplify Your Advocacy Efforts

As Congress returns from a week-long recess, lawmakers are working on major legislation that they hope to advance in the coming weeks and months. AACN’s voice is vital to these conversations! Continue your unified advocacy efforts by: