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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.

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Description

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.

34 community organizations receive funding under this component of the Vaccine Equity Initiative since April 2021. Some of these organizations work across multiple communities, and some may be funded under more than one component of the Vaccine Equity Initiative. See below for details about the organizations.

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 

Latino Health Insurance Program  $449,887  X X Boston and MetroWest 

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 

Boston Healthcare for the Homeless  $450,000  X X Boston
Health Imperatives $150,000    X Brockton, New Bedford 
Cambridge Health Alliance  $350,000    X Chelsea, Revere, Malden, Everett
SSTAR $150,000 X X Fall River, New Bedford
Seven Hills  $400,000  X X Fall River, New Bedford 
Community Health Connections $350,000 X X Fitchburg, Leominster

AIDS Project Worcester 

$200,000 

  

Fitchburg, Leominster, Worcester 

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center  $350,000  X X Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen 
Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley $245,663 X X Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Methuen 
Holyoke Health Center $150,000   X Holyoke
Caring CHC $240,440 X X Holyoke, Springfield  
Tapestry Health $200,000 X X Holyoke & Springfield
Behavioral Health Network $225,000  X X Holyoke & Springfield 
Lynn CHC  $200,000 X X Lynn
PAACA  $444,441 X   New Bedford
Greater New Bedford Community Health Center  $150,000 X X New Bedford
North Shore CHC $250,000 X X Salem, Peabody, Gloucester
New North Citizens Council $400,000 X X Springfield

UMass Worcester 

$200,000 

  

Worcester 

Centro Las Americas 

$440,978 

  

Worcester 

Family Health Center of Worcester 

$250,000 

Worcester 

TOTAL FUNDING 

$8,871,409.00  

  

  

 

 

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