Where can I find information about COVID-19 testing and vaccine distribution under the American Rescue Plan Act?

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), H.R. 1319, was enacted into law. The full text of ARPA as enacted is available on Congress.gov (please note that it is a long bill and can take a few minutes to fully load in some browsers). The Law Library of Congress has prepared a series of resource-driven FAQs to assist researchers with questions about ARPA. All FAQs in this series share the topic “ARPA FAQS.”

These FAQs are for reference and informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. They are not statements on behalf of the United States Congress and do not represent the official opinion of the United States Government. To understand how ARPA may affect an individual, household, business, or other body, researchers must review the act itself.


ARPA allocates funding for COVID-19 testing and vaccine distribution throughout the United States. For example, ARPA appropriates $500 million toward rural development grants, administered by the Department of Agriculture, to respond to the medical needs of individuals in rural areas who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic (see section 1002). Other federal agencies responsible for medical testing and vaccine logistics include the Health and Human Services Division (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (see sections 2301-03), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (see section 2304).

The below resources provide information about federal programs and initiatives related to COVID-19 testing and vaccines.

Additional resources may be added to this FAQ when/if sites are updated to reflect ARPA.

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