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COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Initiative: Support for municipalities and local boards of health

Direct funding of municipalities and local boards of health for coordination and support for vaccine clinics and promoting vaccine acceptance.

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Description

The Department of Public Health (DPH) is providing funding to the 20 priority municipalities and Local Boards of Health to support staffing and public health infrastructure, coordinate vaccine clinics, and promote vaccine trust and confidence.

Specific efforts

City/town leadership in conjunction with the local board of health, will:

  • Coordinate municipal inter-departmental task groups on vaccine-related matters;
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders including local Community and Faith-Based Organizations; Community Health Centers, and Community Health Workers who can support grassroots outreach;
  • Provide staffing (e.g., public health nursing) and resources to support vaccine clinics in disproportionately impacted communities;
  • Identify gaps and map available resources to reduce barriers to vaccination; and
  • Disseminate culturally appropriate translations of communications campaign materials, including Trust the Facts. Get the Vax. campaign materials and vaccine FAQs in multiple languages, and support outreach efforts such as town halls and information sharing in close coordination with Community Liaisons, Archipelago Strategies Group and Health Care For All
Amount $4.7 million  
Award date 3/30/21

Funded municipalities and local boards of health

The $4.74M federal grant funding is given out based on the following formula:

  • Each municipality receives $100,000 for the local board of health
  • Each municipality also receives funding based on approximately $1.25 per capita (using University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute Population Data Tool; 2018 data).

City/Town

Total Population

Funding

Boston

     694,968

$963,429

Brockton

       98,248

$222,064

Chelsea

      37,665

$146,794

Everett

      48,536

$160,302

Fall River

       89,447

$211,129

Fitchburg

       42,153

$152,370

Framingham

       74,466

$192,517

Haverhill

       65,846

$181,807

Holyoke

       41,204

$151,192

Lawrence

       88,176

$209,550

Leominster

       40,592

$150,432

Lowell

     116,859

$245,185

Lynn

     100,903

$225,362

Malden

       67,754

$184,177

Methuen

       53,551

$166,532

New Bedford

       99,555

$223,687

Randolph

       34,219

$142,514

Revere

       60,916

$175,682

Springfield

     158,333

$296,713

Worcester

     191,869

$338,378

Total

  2,205,260

  4,739,816

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