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Lynn COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Initiative

Learn about the vaccine equity resources available to Lowell.

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Weekly vaccine equity allocation

The 20 equity communities receive additional COVID-19 vaccine allocations for priority populations that are separate and apart from weekly allocations that come from the state and federal government to other providers (e.g. mass vaccination sites, regional collaboratives, community health centers and pharmacies). This additional weekly equity allocation is between 400 and 1000 doses, based on municipality population.

As a municipality with a population greater than 100,000, Lynn’s equity allocation is 800 doses of COVID-19 vaccine per week.

Lynn has been allocated a  total of 8,700 additional equity vaccine doses as of April 16, 2021. 

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.

Lynn liaison: Claudia Catalano, VaccineEquityInitiative@mass.gov

Community-specific vaccination data

Community specific data reports include vaccine administration results, updated weekly, and data from the DPH COVID Community Impact Survey to help target approaches.

Data updated weekly on Fridays.

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.

 Lynn: $225,362 (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 Lynn: $555,080 (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 support for 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: Lynn Community Health Center 

(Awarded February 2021) 

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: 

  • Chica Project: $87,619.34 (Serving Boston, Lawrence, & Lynn) 

  • La Communidad, Inc, dba/Everett Haitian Community: $98,750.00 (Serving Everett, Boston, Chelsea, Lynn, Malden, & Revere) 

  • Leo Inc.: $39,950 

  • Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers: $86,542.16 (Serving Cambridge, Boston, Everett, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, & Revere) 

  • New American Association of Massachusetts: $71,248.00 (Serving Lynn, Lowell, Malden, Methuen, Revere, & Salem) 

Additional funding to be announced in April  

Focused grassroots outreach

 

Focused grassroots outreach in Lynn led by ASG , includes teams of trained community residents to help increase vaccine trust and facilitate appointment registration through one-to-one conversations and providing referrals to services. 

Activities for the week of 4/19 include 3 Canvasses and 3 Visibility Events. 

The ASG team from Lynn consists of 11 staff or contracted individuals They are conducting all grassroots outreach activities for the community, including door-to-door canvasing, business walks, visibility events, town hall support, phone banking and texting  

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. 

Lynn is providing community-based clinics to reach priority populations through partnerships with Mass General Brigham and Lynn Community Health Center. 

Communications materials

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

Visit www.mass.gov/TrustTheFacts.

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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