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COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Initiative: Mobile vaccination services

Mobile vaccination services offered in locations that optimize access for priority populations. Mobile vaccination sites are available through Department of Public Health (DPH) and other sources.

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Description

Mobile COVID-19 vaccination services address a particular community need that cannot be met by existing vaccination opportunities, such as the Commonwealth’s mass vaccination sites, hospitals/medical provider offices, or pharmacy-based clinics. Mobile vaccination services are prioritized for priority populations in the 20 municipalities most disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and may also be deployed to meet the needs of prioritized populations across the Commonwealth.

Amount Special rate for Mobile Administration available for approved vendors
Award date Rolling
Relevant links

Specific efforts

  • Mobile vaccination services are delivered by clinical providers in a community-based setting or venue. The mobile services include all vaccination services that would be available in any other setting.
  • Mobile vaccination services are often delivered from an ambulance or medical van and may be established at a fixed or temporary site, such as a community center, auditorium, or tent. Mobile vaccination clinics are provided on a short-term basis (e.g., day long or evening clinic) and may also be provided on a recurring basis (e.g., one day per week).
  • Mobile vaccination services are delivered by qualified and appropriately credentialed clinical personnel, including nurses, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians. Mobile vaccination services include registration for vaccine appointments, provision of basic information about the vaccine, administration of vaccine, observation by clinical staff following vaccine administration, and scheduling of follow up appointments to receive second doses of vaccine (as applicable).

Current vendors: Brewster Ambulance, Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center, Last Mile/Mascon, Shaws/Osco Pharmacy, SSTAR, Well Health, Whittier Street CHC, and Yankee Line.  

As of 4/28, the DPH Mobile Vaccination Program has supported 75 community-based vaccination clinics in seven municipalities, including the Boston neighborhoods of Allston, Brighton, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury, as well as Brockton, Chelsea, Leominster, Lowell, Worcester, and Westwood.

Other mobile vaccination services

A variety of additional mobile vaccine services are supporting vaccination efforts across the 20 municipalities, including health provider vaccination clinics through health systems and community health centers. Starting 4/5, Massachusetts is also receiving additional vaccine doses over an 8-week period from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to increase access to vaccination in Bristol and Suffolk counties. Massachusetts is working with the Hynes Convention Center, CIC, and Cataldo Ambulance to bring these doses to community settings through mobile vaccination clinics. 

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