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COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Initiative: Vaccine access and administration in community settings

This initiative funds organizations for Vaccine Access and Navigation Services and/or Customized Vaccine Administration.

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.

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Vaccine access and navigation services

Vaccine access and navigation services include assistance with appointment registration, transportation to vaccination clinics, mobility assistance, medical interpretation, and other supports.

Community-based organizations, community health centers, and behavioral health centers will assist individuals to plan for, access, and receive vaccination services. Direct services will include guidance about vaccine eligibility, assistance to register for online appointments, transportation to and from appointments, translation services, mobility assistance, and other accompanied supports. Services will be delivered by staff and Community Health Workers with cultural and linguistic competence and experience serving priority populations.

Amount $10.6M ($2.6M specific current contract expansions, $8M rolling procurement); up to 24 months
Location Prioritized for 20 equity municipalities. Eligibility may be extended beyond the 20 municipalities for the needs of priority populations.
Relevant links For organizations interested in applying for funding, visit COMMBUYS 214923 Community-Based Direct Services for Vaccine Access and Administration.
Relevant dates Initial awards were made in April 2021. This RFR closed on May 6, 2021 at 5PM. DPH may reopen this procurement opportunity at a time and for a duration determined by the Department for the purpose of adding additional vendors in the future.

Customized vaccine administration

Qualified organizations will be funded 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. 

Amount 

$3 million ($1M specific current contract expansions, $2M rolling procurement); up to 24 months 

Location 

Prioritized for 20 Equity Municipalities. Eligibility may be extended beyond the 20 municipalities for the needs of priority populations 

Relevant links 

For organizations interested in applying for funding, visit COMMBUYS 214923 Community-Based Direct Services for Vaccine Access and Administration

Relevant dates 

Initial awards were made in April 2021. This RFR closed on May 6, 2021 at 5PM. DPH may reopen this procurement opportunity at a time and for a duration determined by the Department for the purpose of adding additional vendors in the future. 

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) 

Boston Medical Center 

$400,000 

Boston 

Cambridge Health Alliance 

$350,000 

  

Chelsea, Revere, Malden, Everett 

Mulitcultural AIDS Coalition 

$200,000 

Boston 

Whittier Street Health Center 

$225,000 

Boston 

East Boston NHC 

$450,000 

Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Revere 

Dimock CHC 

$150,000 

  

Boston 

Fenway Health 

$150,000 

  

Boston 

Codman Square 

$200,000 

Boston 

Health Innovations 

$250,000 

  

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

JRI Health 

$350,000 

Boston, Framingham 

MA Alliance of Portuguese Speakers 

$250,000 

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

AIDS Project Worcester 

$200,000 

  

Fitchburg, Leominster, Worcester 

UMass Worcester 

$200,000 

  

Worcester 

Centro Las Americas 

$440,978 

  

Worcester 

Family Health Center of Worcester 

$250,000 

Worcester 

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center 

$350,000 

Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen 

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley 

$245,663 

Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Methuen 

Lynn CHC 

$200,000 

Lynn 

Seven Hills 

$400,000 

Fall River, New Bedford 

Health Imperatives 

$150,000 

  

Brockton, New Bedford 

PAACA 

$444,441 

  

New Bedford 

Greater New Bedford Community Health Center 

$150,000 

New Bedford 

Tapestry Health 

$200,000 

Holyoke & Springfield 

Behavioral Health Network 

$225,000 

Holyoke & Springfield 

New North Citizens Council 

$400,000 

Springfield 

TOTAL FUNDING 

$6,831,082 

  

  

 

 

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