New Bedford COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Initiative

Learn about the vaccine equity resources available to New Bedford.

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To date, a total of 22 organizations serving New Bedford have received $3,149,352 through the Vaccine Equity Initiative.     

These 22 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, New Bedford was allocated a total of 8,700 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 New Bedford 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.

New Bedford: $223,687 (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 New Bedford: $354,028 (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. 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
Greater New Bedford Community Health Center New Bedford $209,288

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. The table below lists current and total awards made to funded organizations. 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

New Life Community Empowerment Center Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Randolph, Taunton, Wareham HRiA $60,000 $296,167
Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Mass Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, New Bedford, Wareham HRiA $60,000 $255,667
True Alliance Center Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, New Bedford, Randolph, Revere, Springfield, Worcester   HCFA $60,000 $137,000
Massachusetts Council of Churches Attleboro, Brockton, Cambridge, Fall River, Haverhill, Natick, New Bedford, Northampton, Pittsfield, Stoneham, Statewide HRiA $60,000 $279,037
Fishing Partnership, New Bedford Chatham, Fall River, Gloucester, Lynn, New Bedford, Massachusetts Port Towns   HRiA $60,000 185,000
Catholic Social Services of Fall River New Bedford HRiA   $106,864
Immigrants Assistance Center Fall River, New Bedford HRiA   $181,129
Asian Women for Health* Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, New Bedford, Randolph, Revere, Springfield, Worcester   HCFA $60,000 $294,700
YMCA Southeastern Massachusetts New Bedford HRiA $60,000 $146,007


* Organizations that were previously funded by Health Resources in Action (HRiA) through December 2022. 

Focused grassroots outreach

Focused grassroots outreach in New Bedford, 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 2,005 39,284
Number of Phone Calls Made 416 466
Number of One-On-One Conversations 478 7,116
% of conversations with unvaccinated 19.0% 56.1%
Number of Visibility & Outreach Events 8 235
Number of Materials Disseminated 600 14,961

The HCFA team from New Bedford consists of 6 staff or contracted individuals and approximately 6 people from the partner Community Based Organizations (CBOs) listed below. HCFA-funded CBOs are conducting visibility events and supporting vaccine clinics.

  • Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores: $12,000
  • Community Economic Development Center: $12,000
  • Immigrant Assistance Center: $10,000

Total CBO funding: $34,000

In addition, New Bedford 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

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, Boston 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.

Vaccine access and administration in community settings

Organization Funding Vaccine Access and Navigation Services Customized Vaccine Administration Communities of Focus (People from other communities may also be served)
Seven Hills Behavioral Health, Inc. $400,000 X X Fall River, New Bedford
Health Imperatives, Inc. $689,419   X Brockton, New Bedford
PAACA (Positive Action Against Chemical Addiction) $444,441 X   New Bedford
Greater New Bedford Community Health Center $150,000 X X New Bedford
SSTAR (Stanley Street Treatment & Resources, Inc.) $150,000   X Fall River, New Bedford

Communications materials

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


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: 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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