Framingham COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Initiative

Learn about the vaccine equity resources available to Framingham.

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To date, a total of 25 organizations serving Framingham have received $4,155,904 through the Vaccine Equity Initiative.  

These 25 organizations are part of the 198 community organizations that have been awarded over $62.8 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, Framingham was allocated a total of 9,624 equity vaccine doses.

DPH Municipal Point of Contact

A designated DPH municipal point of contact works with each of the 20 municipalities. 

To connect with the Framingham point of contact, email

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. 

Framingham: $192,517 (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 Framingham: $453,689 (Awarded beginning in March 2020) 

Investments in community health centers

Investment in community health centers expands vaccination infrastructure and builds capacity at community health centers, including support for 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
 Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center Framingham $147,500

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. Health Resources in Action (HRiA) and Health Care for All (HCFA) work with community organizations that received funding under this component of the Vaccine Equity Initiative through June 2023.  The table below lists current and total awards made to funded organizations. Total funding may include funds received through both HRiA and HCFA, depending on the organization. View a more detailed list of all funding awards made since December 2020: Vaccine Equity Initiative - Funded CBOs and FBOs - Updated March 2023


Organization Communities Served Community Grants and TA Provider

Current Funding

Jan. 2023 – June 2023

Total Funding

Dec. 2020 – June 2023

Chica Project* Boston, Framingham, Lawrence, Chelsea HCFA $60,000 $192,119
The Everett Haitian Community Center Chelsea, Everett, Fitchburg, Framingham, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, Revere, Worcester, Statewide HRiA $60,000 $303,250
Worcester Interfaith Leominster, Fitchburg, Framingham, Southbridge, Worcester HRiA   $258,750
True Alliance Center Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, New Bedford, Randolph, Revere, Springfield, Worcester   HCFA $60,000 $137,000
Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers Boston, Cambridge, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, Revere HRiA   $86,542
Extreme Kid Inc. Boston – Dorchester, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Framingham, Hadley, Holyoke, Indian Orchard, Northampton, Randolph, South Hadley, Springfield, Worcester, Statewide HRiA $60,000 $185,000
Brazilian  American Center Framingham, Ashland, Natick, Marlborough, Hudson, Clinton, Leominster, Fitchburg, Milford, Worcester, Boston, Everett, Lowell   HCFA $60,000 $112,000
The Joint Committee for Children’s Health Care, Everett Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Revere, Somerville, Stoneham, Worcester, Statewide HRiA $60,000 $291,630
Disability Policy Consortium & Boston Center for Independent Living Boston – Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Park, Roxbury, Ashland, Bellingham, Beverly, Chelsea, Danvers, Dover, Essex, Everett, Foxboro, Framingham, Franklin, Gloucester, Hamilton, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Ipswich, Lynnfield, Malden, Manchester by the Sea, Marblehead, Marlboro, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Melrose, Middleton, Millis, Nahant, Natick, Norfolk, North Reading, Peabody, Plainville, Randolph, Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Saugus, Sherborn, Southborough, Stoneham, Stow, Sudbury, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wakefield, Wayland, Wellesley, Wenham, Weston, North Shore & Western Massachusetts HRiA   $112,700
Nigerian American Multi-Service Association (NAMSA) Boston, Brockton, Framingham, Lynn, Peabody, Randolph, Salem, Stoughton, Statewide HRiA   $133,716
Jewish Family Service of Metrowest Framingham, Marlborough, Milford HRiA   $179,916
The Learning Center for the Deaf Framingham, Statewide content reach HCFA $60,000 $112,000
The Latino Health Insurance Program, Inc. Boston, Dedham, Framingham, Marlborough, Milford, Norwood, Walpole, Waltham, Worcester HRiA $60,000 $296,167
JAHAN Women and Youth International Boston – Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury, Burlington, Brockton, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Framingham, Haverhill, Hopkinton, Lexington, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Mansfield, Marshfield, Medford, Methuen, Randolph, Revere, Salem, Sharon, Somerville, Springfield, Quincy, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Worcester HRiA $60,000 $291,329
Justice for Housing Boston – Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Randolph, Revere HriA   $61,829
African Cultural Services, Inc. Belmont, Burlington, Framingham, Lowell, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Woburn, Worcester HRiA   $114,956
Asian Women for Health* Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, New Bedford, Randolph, Revere, Springfield, Worcester   HCFA $60,000 $294,700
Greater Framingham Community Church Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Marlboro HriA   $70,000

Focused grassroots outreach

Focused grassroots outreach in Framingham, 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 2,653 37,390
Number of Phone Calls Made 417 505
Number of One-On-One Conversations 584 19,614
% of conversations with unvaccinated 21.8% 29.4%
Number of Visibility & Outreach Events 27 367
Number of Materials Disseminated 732 12,338

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

  • Greater Framingham Community Church: $12,000
  • Pelham Lifelong Learning Center: $12,000
  • Brazilian American Center: $12,000

Total CBO Funding in Framingham: $36,000

In addition, Framingham 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

Communications materials

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


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.



Vaccine Access and Navigation Services

Customized Vaccine Administration

Communities of Focus

(People from other communities may also be served)

Justice Resource Institute, Inc.




Boston, Framingham

Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (Partners with Health Innovations)




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

The COVID-19 Community Impact Survey

The COVID-19 Community Impact Survey is a survey of 33,000 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: Search for vaccination appointments or find a mobile vaccination clinic.

COVID-19 Testing: Tests are available at pharmacies, retailers, and various health care locations. Visit for free at-home tests. Use the CDC search tool to find a PCR testing site. Learn more about the different types of COVID-19 testing.

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