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Worcester COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Initiative

Learn about the vaccine equity resources available to Worcester.

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To date, a total of 18 organizations serving Worcester have received $2,205,103 through the Vaccine Equity Initiative.

These 18 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, Worcester was allocated a total of 18,800 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.

Worcester liaison: Jenna David, 

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.

Worcester: $338,378 (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 Worcester: $300,000 (Awarded beginning March 2020)

Investment in community health centers

Investment in community health centers expands vaccination infrastructure and build 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 in FY22.  

  *funded through a public-private partnership 

Participants: Family Health Center of Worcester 

 (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 

African Community Education Program 





Worcester Interfaith 





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 




Asian Women for Health 

Boston- Chinatown, Dorchester, Mission Hill; Malden, Lowell, Worcester 





Brockton Area Multi-Service, Inc. 

Brockton, Framingham, Randolph, Worcester 





The Latino Health Insurance Program, Inc. 

Framingham, Worcester 



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
Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts  Worcester      $61,829

Focused grassroots outreach

Focused grassroots outreach in Worcester, 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.

Activity Type Completed Week Ending September 26th Cumulative Since Activities Began
Number of Doors Knocked 781 36,539
Number of Phone Calls Made 139 23,414
Number of One-On-One Conversations 183 11,617
% of conversations with unvaccinated 25.1% 43.2%
Number of Visibility & Outreach Events 12 308
Number of Materials Disseminated 0 1,871

The ASG team from Worcester consists of approximately 41 people from the partner Community Based Organizations (CBOs) listed below. 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.

  • Latino Education Institute: $49,463
  • Southeast Asian Coalition: $53,044
  • Worcester Interfaith: $63,394

Total CBO Funding: $165,900

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.

UMass Memorial Medical Center is providing mobile clinics to community spaces in Worcester to reach priority populations In addition, Worcester is coordinating community-based clinics with mobile vaccination resources provided by the National Guard and targeted grassroots efforts by the ASG team and community-based organizations. Worcester is also providing community-based clinics to reach priority populations through DPH-contracted vendors.

Vaccine access and administration in community setting

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) 

AIDS Project Worcester 



Fitchburg, Leominster, Worcester 

UMass Worcester 




Centro Las Americas 




Family Health Center of Worcester 



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: