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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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Mobile COVID-19 vaccination services address a particular community need that cannot be met by existing vaccination opportunities, such as the Commonwealth’s 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
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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).

As of 10/17, across all 20 equity cities/towns, state-contracted mobile providers have delivered 1,480+ clinics and distributed 77,900+ doses.

This week, 6 different providers served 12 equity communities.

  • A range of community locations were used to host vaccination clinics, including: McCoy Center in New Bedford, Market Basket in Fall River, and Worcester Recovery Center in Worcester
  • Upcoming locations include: The Center for Hope and Healing, Leominster Senior Center, West End House Boys and Girls Club, Foster Memorial Church, and Housing Families Inc.

Contracted providers include: Brewster Ambulance, Harvard Street Health Center, Mascon/Last Mile, Shaw’s Osco/Pharmacy, Yankee Line, Curative, Fallon/Transformative, Cataldo Ambulance, SSTAR, Whittier Street.

Mobile vaccination services are one component of vaccination efforts across the 20 municipalities. From April 5 through May 26, Massachusetts received additional vaccine doses from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to increase vaccination services in Bristol and Suffolk counties. Massachusetts continues to support the mobile vaccination clinics, alongside CIC Health and Cataldo Ambulance.