Augusta, GA — The Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System is among 50 museums, libraries, and tribal organizations to be awarded funding as part of the Communities for Immunity initiative led by the Association of Science and Technology Centers and the American Alliance of Museums. With support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Communities for Immunity supports museums and libraries working to increase vaccine confidence among vaccine-hesitant communities. ARCPLS looks forward to advancing vaccine confidence in Richmond County by strategically working to create a safe space in the community for all patrons while leveraging our status as a trusted institution. We plan to work with our local partners, iHeartMedia, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Medical Associates Plus, and the Greater Augusta’s Interfaith Coalition to target all geographic regions of Richmond County. The Richmond County Department of Health will provide COVID-19 education for the initiative. The benefit of the Communities for Immunity program would help educate about misinformation and increase vaccine uptake to help protect the citizens of Richmond County. Read more about Communities for Immunity and all awardees at https://community.astc.org/communitiesforimmunity/round-two-announcement. For more information contact Leah Holloway, Public Relations Assistant at email@example.com or 706-821-2605.