To date, a total of 16 organizations serving Fitchburg have received $2,251,919 through the Vaccine Equity Initiative.
These 16 organizations are part of the 196 community organizations that have been awarded over $51.1 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, Fitchburg was allocated a total of 8,080 equity vaccine doses.
DPH Community Liaison program
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.
Fitchburg: $152,370 (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 Fitchburg: $572,763 (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. Community Health Worker Ambassador Program funding includes $25,000* per Community Health Center through June 2021, with an additional $25,000 for FY22.
*funded through a public-private partnership
Funded Community Health Centers
|Community Health Center||Municipalities||Funding|
|Community Health Connections Family Health Center||Fitchburg, Leominster||$165,000|
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. Funding amounts to community and faith-based organizations reflect awards from December 2020 through June 2022:
|Organization||Communities Served||Initial + Expanded Award
Dec. 2020 – Dec. 2021
May – Dec. 2021
June – Dec. 2021
Sept. – Dec. 2021
Jan. – June 2022
|The Everett Haitian Community Center||Chelsea, Everett, Fitchburg, Framingham, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, Revere, Worcester, Statewide||$98,750||$50,000|
|Worcester Interfaith||Leominster, Fitchburg, Framingham, Southbridge, Worcester||$103,750||$25,000||$50,000|
|Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts||Auburn, Boylston, Fitchburg, Worcester||$61,829||$25,000||$50,000|
Focused grassroots outreach
Focused grassroots outreach in Fitchburg, 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||1,280||57,972|
|Number of Phone Calls Made||198||1,168|
|Number of One-On-One Conversations||271||15,478|
|% of conversations with unvaccinated||20.7%||60.8%|
|Number of Visibility & Outreach Events||8||165|
|Number of Materials Disseminated||271||4,471|
The HCFA team from Fitchburg consists of 3 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.
- Making Opportunity Count: $12,000
- NewVue Communities: $10,000
Total CBO Funding in Fitchburg: $22,000
In addition, Fitchburg 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
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)|
|AIDS Project Worcester (Partners with UMass Worcester)||$151,894||X||Fitchburg, Leominster, Worcester|
|Community Health Connections||$416,000||X||Fitchburg, Gardner. Leominster|
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.
Fitchburg is providing community-based clinics to reach priority populations through DPH-contracted vendors.
The COVID-19 Community Impact Survey
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.