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Fall River COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Initiative

Learn about the vaccine equity resources available to Fall River.

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Overview

To date, a total of 13 organizations serving Fall River have received $975,263 through the Vaccine Equity Initiative.

These 13 organizations are part of the 152 community organizations that have been awarded over $32 million through the Vaccine Equity Initiative. Many of these organizations work across multiple communities, and some of them are funded through multiple components of the initiative.

Between March 3, 2021 and July 30, 2021, Fall River was allocated a total of 5,800 equity vaccine doses.

DPH Community Liaison program

A designated DPH Community Liaison is working with each of the 20 communities to help address the specific needs of each community. 

Fall River liaison: Jackie Doane, VaccineEquityInitiative@mass.gov

Community-specific vaccination data

Community-specific data includes an interactive dashboard of vaccine administration results in each Vaccine Equity Initiative (VEI) community, updated weekly, and data from the DPH COVID Community Impact Survey to help target approaches.

Support for municipalities and local boards of health

Support for municipalities and Local Boards of Health includes direct funding of municipalities and Local Boards of Health for coordination and support for vaccine clinics and promoting vaccine acceptance. 

Fall River: $211,129 (Awarded 3/30/21)  

Additional COVID-19 local boards of health funding supports includes direct funding to meet immediate personnel and equipment needs to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Distributed through state funds received through the federal CARES Act, the Public Health Trust Fund, and through direct appropriation beginning in March 2020. 

Additional funding to Fall River: $347,745 (Awarded beginning March 2020) 

Investment in community health centers

Investment in community health centers expands vaccination infrastructure and builds capacity at community health centers, including community health workers. 

$25,000* per Community Health Center through June 2021, with an additional $25,000 for FY22. 

*funded through a public-private partnership  

Participants: SSTAR 

(Awarded February 2021) 

Focused grassroots outreach

Focused grassroots outreach in Fall River, led by HCFA, includes a local team of trained community residents to help increase trust in the vaccine, awareness of how, when and where to get a vaccine, and improve vaccine access by gathering information from community members through one-to-one conversations and providing referrals to services.

Activity Type Completed Week Ending September 26th Cumulative Since Activities Began
Number of Doors Knocked 915 29,502
Number of Phone Calls Made 137 179
Number of One-On-One Conversations 191 5,840
% of conversations with unvaccinated 22.0% 29.9%
Number of Visibility & Outreach Events 7 162
Number of Materials Disseminated 35 4,419

The HCFA team from Fall River consists of 5 staff or contracted individuals and approximately 4 people from the partner Community Based Organizations (CBOs) listed below. HCFA-funded CBOs are conducting visibility events and supporting vaccine clinics.

  • Family Service Association: $12,000
  • Immigrant Assistance Center: $10,000

Total CBO Funding in Fall River: $22,000

In addition, Fall River is served by the following CBOs working across several communities:

  • Boston Center for Independent Living: $12,000
  • Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired: $12,000
  • The Learning Center for the Deaf: $12,000

Tailored community and faith-based outreach and education

Tailored community and faith-based outreach and education includes supports to raise awareness of strategies to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and increase vaccination confidence and access for priority populations.  

Organization  

Communities Served  

Initial + Expanded Award  

December 2020-December 2021  

New Grantees  

May-December 2021  

New Grantees June-December 2021 

JAHAN Women and Youth International 

Boston – Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Framingham, Haverhill, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, Randolph, Revere, Springfield, Worcester 

 

 

$61,829 

Massachusetts Council of Churches 

Brockton, Fall River, Haverhill, New Bedford, Randolph, Springfield 

 

 

$49,724.80 

Catholic Social Services of Fall River  

Fall River, New Bedford 

 

 

$41,888 

Immigrants Assistance Center 

Fall River, New Bedford 

 

 

$61,829 

Mobile vaccination services

Mobile COVID-19 vaccination services address a particular community need that cannot be met by existing vaccination opportunities and are deployed to meet the needs of prioritized populations.

From April 5 through May 26, Fall River received additional vaccine doses from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), delivered by CIC Health and Cataldo Ambulance through mobile vaccination clinics in community settings. Since May 26, the state has continued to support the mobile vaccination clinics.

Communications materials

Communications materials are available to support communities with vaccine information; translated materials available in 10 languages.

Visit www.mass.gov/TrustTheFacts.

Vaccine access and administration in community settings

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.

Vaccine Access and Navigation Services funds organizations for services such as assistance with appointment registration, transportation to vaccination clinics, mobility assistance, medical interpretation, and other supports.

Customized Vaccine Administration funds qualified community organizations 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.

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)

Organization Funding Vaccine Access and Navigation Services Customized Vaccine Administration Communities of Focus (People from other communities may also be served)
Seven Hills $400,000 X X Fall River, New Bedford
SSTAR $150,000   X Fall River, New Bedford

The COVID-19 Community Impact Survey

The COVID-19 Community Impact Survey is a survey of more than 35,000 people regarding the social and economic consequences of COVID-19 on MA communities. View the findings

COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites

COVID-19 Vaccination: Visit Vaxfinder.mass.gov to search for appointments at pharmacies, health care providers, and other community locations

COVID-19 Testing: Free testing is available in all 20 communities, including via the Stop the Spread program. Sites can be located using the state’s website: www.mass.gov/CovidTestSearch.

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