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Boston COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Initiative

Learn about the vaccine equity resources available to Boston.

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To date, a total of 55 organizations serving Boston have received $6,408,138 through the Vaccine Equity Initiative.

These 55 organizations are part of the 152 community organizations that have been awarded over $32 million through the Vaccine Equity Initiative. Many of these organizations work across multiple communities, and some of them are funded through multiple components of the initiative.

Between March 3, 2021 and July 30, 2021, Boston was allocated a total of 16,916 equity vaccine doses.

DPH Community Liaison program

A designated DPH Community Liaison is working with each of the 20 communities to help address the specific needs of each community. 

Boston liaison: Eduardo Nettle, 

Community-specific vaccination data

Community-specific data includes an interactive dashboard of vaccine administration results in each Vaccine Equity Initiative (VEI) community, updated weekly, and data from the DPH COVID Community Impact Survey to help target approaches.

Support for municipalities and local boards of health

Support for municipalities and Local Boards of Health includes direct funding of municipalities and Local Boards of Health for coordination and support for vaccine clinics and promoting vaccine acceptance. 

Boston: $963,429 (Awarded 3/30/21) 

Additional COVID-19 local boards of health funding supports includes direct funding to meet immediate personnel and equipment needs to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Distributed through state funds received through the federal CARES Act, the Public Health Trust Fund, and through direct appropriation beginning in March 2020. 

Additional funding to Boston: $1,106,526 (Awarded beginning March 2020) 

Investment in community health centers

Investment in community health centers expands vaccination infrastructure and builds capacity at community health centers, including support for community health workers. 

$25,000* per Community Health Center through June 2021, with an additional $25,000 for FY22. 

*funded through a public-private partnership 

Participants: Boston Health Care for the Homeless; Brookside Community Health Center; Greater Roslindale Medical and Dental Center; North End Waterfront Health; Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center; Upham’s Corner Health Center; Whittier Street Health Center; Codman Square Health Center; DotHouse Health; Harvard Street; East Boston Neighborhood Health Center; Bowdoin Street; South Boston Community Health Center.   

(Awarded February 2021) 

Tailored community and faith-based outreach and education

  • Tailored community and faith-based outreach and education includes supports to raise awareness of strategies to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and increase vaccination confidence and access for priority populations.  Funding amounts to community and faith-based organizations reflect both initial and expanded awards for December 2020 through December 2021:
Organization Municipalities

Initial + Expanded Award
December 2020 - December 2021

New Grantees 

May-December 2021

New Grantees June-December 2021

Chica Project Boston, Lawrence, Lynn $87,619    
Everett Haitian Community Center Everett, Boston, Chelsea, Lynn, Malden, Revere $98,750    
Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers Cambridge, Boston, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, Revere $86,542    
Somali Parents Advocacy Center for Education (SPACE) Everett, Boston $73,750    
The Boston Project Ministries Boston - Dorchester, Mattapan $59,750    
Who’s Got Morale Program Boston - Roxbury, Mattapan, Dorchester  $101,250    
MissionSafe A New Beginning Roxbury $78,750    
Asian Women for Health  Boston- Chinatown, Dorchester, Mission Hill; Malden, Lowell, Worcester    $65,200   
International Institute of New England, Inc.  Boston – Chinatown, Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury; Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Revere    $66,667   
Multicultural AIDS Coalition  Boston – Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury    $66,667   
The Joint Committee for Children’s Health Care, Everett  Boston – Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury; Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Revere, Worcester    $66,667  
Boston Black COVID-19 Coalition  Boston – Chinatown, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury    $66,667  
Latinos Unidos en Massachusetts  Boston – East Boston; Everett, Malden, Revere    $66,667  
Asian American Civic Association  Boston – Chinatown, Dorchester, Roxbury, Chelsea, Everett, Malden      $61,829 
Autism Sprinter  Boston – Roxbury, Randolph      $61,829 
Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston  Boston – Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roxbury      $61,829 
Building Audacity  Boston – Dorchester, East Boston, Mattapan, Lynn      $61,829 
Disability Policy Consortium & Boston Center for Independent Living  Boston – Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Park, Roxbury, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Randolph      $49,500 
JAHAN Women and Youth International  Boston – Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Framingham, Haverhill, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, Randolph, Revere, Springfield, Worcester      $61,829 
Justice for Housing  Boston – Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Randolph, Revere      $61,829 
Sociedad Latina  Boston – Dorchester, East Boston, Mission Hill, Roxbury      $61,829 

Focused grassroots outreach

Focused grassroots outreach in Boston, led by both ASG & HCFA, includes teams of trained community residents to help increase vaccine trust and facilitate appointment registration through one-to-one conversations and providing referrals to services.

Activity Type Completed Week Ending September 26th Cumulative Since Activities Began
Number of Doors Knocked 5,933 192,230
Number of Phone Calls Made 969 6,400
Number of One-On-One Conversations 226 54,833
% of conversations with unvaccinated 16.7% 37.7%
Number of Visibility & Outreach Events 20 546
Number of Materials Disseminated 682 21,570
  • The HCFA team from Boston consists of 8 staff or contracted individuals and approximately 8 people from the partner Community Based Organizations (CBOs) listed below. HCFA-funded CBOs are conducting visibility events and supporting vaccine clinics.
  • African Community Economic Development of New England: $12,000
  • Authentic Caribbean Foundation: $10,000
  • True Alliance Center: $10,000
  • Vietnamese American Initiative for Development: $12,000

Total CBO Funding: $44,000

In addition, Boston is served by the following CBOs working across several communities:

  • Boston Center for Independent Living: $12,000
  • Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired: $12,000
  • The Learning Center for the Deaf: $12,000

The ASG team from Boston consists of 23 staff or contracted individuals. They are conducting all grassroots outreach activities for the community, including door-to-door canvasing, business walks, visibility events, town hall support, phone banking and texting.

Mobile vaccination services

Mobile COVID-19 vaccination services address a particular community need that cannot be met by existing vaccination opportunities and are deployed to meet the needs of prioritized populations.

As of April 15, the DPH Mobile Vaccination Program provides community-based vaccination clinics in the Boston neighborhoods of Allston, Brighton, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury.

From April 5 through May 26, Boston received additional vaccine doses from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), delivered by CIC Health and Cataldo Ambulance through mobile vaccination clinics in community settings. Since May 26, the state has continued to support the mobile vaccination clinics.

Vaccine access and administration in community settings

This funding is intended to increase community-based access to and receipt of COVID-19 vaccination for priority communities and populations who are experiencing disproportionate impacts of COVID-19.

Vaccine Access and Navigation Services funds organizations for services such as assistance with appointment registration, transportation to vaccination clinics, mobility assistance, medical interpretation, and other supports.

Customized Vaccine Administration funds qualified community organizations to directly administer vaccination to groups not effectively reached by other mechanisms. These organizations can be deployed to smaller venues, with populations that may require more intensive one-on-one support to get vaccinated.

The following organizations are receiving funding for 12 months to begin offering services by mid-May 2021.

Organization Funding Vaccine Access and Navigation Services Customized Vaccine Administration Communities of Focus (People from other communities may also be served)



Vaccine Access and Navigation Services

Customized Vaccine Administration

Communities of Focus (People from other communities may also be served)

Boston Medical Center





Mulitcultural AIDS Coalition





Whittier Street Health Center





East Boston NHC




Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Revere

Dimock CHC





Fenway Health





Codman Square





Health Innovations




Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Revere, Randolph, Lowell, Lynn

JRI Health




Boston, Framingham

MA Alliance of Portuguese Speakers




Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Revere

Boston Healthcare for the Homeless $450,000 X X Boston
Latino Health Insurance Program 449,887 X X Boston and MetroWest

Communications materials


Communications materials are available to support communities with vaccine information; translated materials available in 10 languages. 


The COVID-19 Community Impact Survey

The COVID-19 Community Impact Survey is a survey of more than 35,000 people regarding the social and economic consequences of COVID-19 on MA communities. View the findings

COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites

COVID-19 Vaccination: Visit to search for appointments at pharmacies, health care providers, and other community locations.

COVID-19 Testing: Free testing is available in all 20 communities, including via the Stop the Spread program. Sites can be located using the state’s website: