State Representative Jon Santiago partnered with Dr. Alister Martin, the South End Community Health Center, Mascon Medical, the Boston Housing Authority, Brewster Ambulance, and the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts to set up pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics aimed at administering vaccinations to the most vulnerable and difficult to access populations in the Commonwealth.
The effort, known as Get Out the Vaccine (GOTVax), applies traditional techniques of community organizing to bolster vaccine administration, including text banking, phone banking, and door to door canvassing. Volunteers from Harvard Medical School and student groups such as We Got Us implemented a week long campaign to engage residents around the issue of vaccine access and hesitancy.
"Addressing the COVID crisis means bringing like-minded people together to take action and get it done," said State Representative Jon Santiago. "I'm so thankful for our partners in this effort and looking forward to improving vaccine equity by bringing shots to those most vulnerable."
This is the second day of operations for the new program. Today, Santiago, Martin and partners brought vaccines to Torre Unidad complex in the South End, following on their successful administration of vaccines in a variety of BHA buildings, including Frederick Douglass Community, Washington Manor and Hampton House. Since its inception last week, Get Out The Vaccine has administered 297 vaccines.
"GOTVax has now brought vaccinations to nearly 300 people in Boston who are highly most at risk to COVID-19 and otherwise would have a nearly impossible time getting vaccinations through existing sites. This program is changing lives for vulnerable populations in our neighborhoods," Santiago continued.
Read MySouthEnd.com's article "GOTVax vaccinates low-income, elderly, disabled BHA residents," featuring the Boston Housing Authority.