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Framingham COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Initiative

Learn about the vaccine equity resources available to Framingham.

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Overview

To date, a total of 19 organizations serving Framingham have received $1,434,563 through the Vaccine Equity Initiative.

These 19 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, Framingham was allocated a total of 9,624 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. 

Framingham liaison: Barry Callis 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. 

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) 

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 both initial and expanded awards for December 2020 through December 2021: 

Organization

Communities Served

Initial + Expanded Award

December 2020-December 2021

New Grantees

May-December 2021

 

New Grantees June-December 2021 

Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers

Cambridge, Boston, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, Revere

$86,542

 

 

The Joint Committee for Children’s Health Care, Everett

Boston – Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury; Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Revere, Worcester

 

$66,667

 

Brockton Area Multi-Service, Inc.

Brockton, Framingham, Randolph, Worcester

 

$60,859

 

 

Jewish Family Service of Metrowest

Framingham

 

$63,170

 

 

The Latino Health Insurance Program, Inc.

Framingham, Worcester

 

$66,667

 
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 
Justice for Housing  Boston – Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Randolph, Revere      $61,829 
Greater Framingham Community Church  Framingham     $10,000 

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.

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)

JRI Health

$350,000

X

X

Boston, Framingham

MA Alliance of Portuguese Speakers

$250,000

X

X

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: 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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