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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 19 organizations serving New Bedford have received $1,993,305 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, New Bedford was allocated a total of 8,700 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.

New Bedford liaison: Jackie Doane,

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. 

$25,000* per Community Health Center through June 2021, with an addition $25,000 for FY22.  

*funded through a public-private partnership  

Participants: Greater New Bedford 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:


Communities Served 

Initial + Expanded Award 

December 2020-December 2021 

New Grantees 

May-December 2021 


New Grantees June-December 2021 

New Life Community Empowerment Center 

Brockton, New Bedford, Randolph 




Community Economic Development Center 

New Bedford 




Massachusetts Council of Churches  Brockton, Fall River, Haverhill, New Bedford, Randolph, Springfield      $49,724.80 
Catholic Social Services of Fall River  Fall River, New Bedford      $41,888 
Immigrants Assistance Center  Fall River, New Bedford      $61,829 
YMCA Southeastern Massachusetts  New Bedford      $15,000 

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 $400,000 X X Fall River, New Bedford
Health Imperatives $150,000   X Brockton, New Bedford
PAACA $444,441 X   New Bedford
Greater New Bedford Community Health Center $150,000 X X New Bedford
SSTAR $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: Visit 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: