COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

Operating hours of Whittier Street Health Center’s Covid-19 Vaccinations Clinic.

Whittier Street Health Center at 1290 Tremont Street, Roxbury, MA 02120

Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 5:00pm
Family Medicine Green Team 3rd Floor
& Pediatric Department 4th Floor

Saturday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Wellness Clinic 1st Floor

Evenings: 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Wellness Clinic 1st Floor

Satellite Clinic at 278 Blue Hill Avenue, Roxbury, MA 02119

Monday to Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm

According to the CDC, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced a plan to begin offering COVID-19 vaccine booster shots in the Fall 2021. The goal is for people to start receiving a COVID-19 booster shot beginning in the fall, with individuals being eligible starting 8 months after they received their 2nd dose of an mRNA vaccine (either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna). This is subject to authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and recommendation by CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

ADDITIONAL DOSE

Currently recommendations by the CDC have been made for people identified as being moderately to severely immunocompromised to have an additional 3rd dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) at least 28 days after the completion of the initial 2 doses. This is considered to be an ADDITIONAL DOSE. People who meet the criteria of moderately to severely immunocompromised are:

  1. People receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  2. People who have received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  3. People with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency
  4. People with advanced or untreated HIV infection
  5. People receiving active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress the immune response ex. cyclosporine, azathioprine

BOOSTER DOSE

This refers to another dose of a vaccine that is given to someone who built enough protection after vaccination, but that the protection decreased over time. This is called waning immunity. The COVID-19 booster shots should begin in the Fall 2021.

Are you wondering about getting a third COVID-19 vaccine dose/Booster?

Please click here for common questions related to COVID-19 vaccine booster doses.

To learn more, please visit www.mass.gov or www.wshc.org

 

Message from Vice President Harris

 

 What does this mean for you?

Whittier is working to ensure you’ll have easy access to the vaccine when you are eligible under the state’s guidelines. We are required to follow the state’s direction on who gets the vaccine first, and you can find details on when you’ll be eligible on the Department of Public Health’s website.

Please know that:

  • We are planning to offer vaccinations in multiple locations.
  • We will provide several ways to schedule an appointment for yourCOVID-19 vaccination.
  • We will share and update information about locations and scheduling appointments on our website weekly.
  • You do NOT need to call your doctor’s office at this time.

Please check this space for future information about vaccine distribution.

Vaccine information resources

 Whittier and the Vaccine in the Media

Frontline Whittier staff, together with leaders of local houses of worship, have been speaking out about their experiences getting the Moderna vaccine in order to encourage patients and members of the community to get their vaccines as they become available. Learn about their experiences here:

Peabody Properties and Whittier Street Health Center Partner to Bring COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic to Roxse Homes

Boston Globe

https://edition.pagesuite.com/popovers/dynamic_article_popover.aspx?artguid=f38e32b8-c103-4c1e-948b-c735824f3e91

WBZ Radio 1030

https://wbznewsradio.iheart.com/content/massachusetts-black-clergy-members-publicly-take-covid-19-vaccine/

WHDH Channel 7

https://whdh.com/news/this-vaccine-is-going-to-save-lives-local-faith-leaders-leading-the-way-by-getting-vaccinated/

Boston 25

https://www.boston25news.com/news/health/building-trust-local-church-leaders-encouraging-black-hispanic-populations-get-vaccinated/OMUSGNTKFBHLJE2COQLYXGOC24/

Channel 4

https://boston.cbslocal.com/2021/01/22/pastors-boston-churches-receive-covid-vaccine/

 

https://vimeo.com/user7047886/review/504037687/985452e158

Medical Director Dr. Stephen Wright’s feature on NBC Boston with his view on the COVID-19 surge

https://www.wshc.org/news-item/medical-director-dr-stephen-wrights-feature-on-nbc-boston-with-his-view-on-the-covid-surge/

https://www.wshc.org/news-item/boston-focus-group-considers-minorities-covid-vaccine-trust-gap/

 

Please click on the links below for brief educational videos:

2020 Commercial- Primary Care and Wellness Services 
2020 Commercial- Family Medicine and Specialty Services
Whittier Street Health Center: Adult Medicine PSA 
Whittier Street Health Center: Obstetrics & Gynecology/Women’s Health PSA
Whittier Street Health Center: Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine PSA
Whittier Street Health Center: Family Medicine PSA (Haitian Creole)
Whittier Street Health Center: Family Medicine PSA (Cape Verdean Creole)
Whittier Street Health Center: Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine PSA (Arabic)
Whittier Street Health Center COVID 19 TEST
Whittier Street Health Center COVID 19
Whittier Street Health Center: COVID-19 Call to Action (Spanish)
Whittier Street Health Center: Black Pastors’ Public Vaccination Short Video
Pastors at Whittier Explain Reasons for Faith in the Vaccine Part 1
Pastors at Whittier Explain Reasons for Faith in the Vaccine Part 2
Whittier Holds All Day Vaccinations and Testing in Celebration of Black History Month and its Annual
Maureen Owens shares her insight with the community on the importance of the COVID-19 Vaccination
Phyllis Feaster shares her insight with the community on the importance of the COVID-19 Vaccination.
Kathryn Saunders shares her insight with the community on the importance of the COVID-19 Vaccination.

Mr. Joseph Feaster shares his insight with the community on the importance of the COVID-19 Vaccination.
Mr. John Jenkins shares his insight with the community on the importance of the COVID-19 Vaccination.
Rev. Howard McLendon shares his insight with the community on the importance of the COVID-19 Vaccination.

Mr. Haywood Fennell Sr. shares his insight with the community on the importance of the COVID-19 Vaccination.
Gordon & Christina shares their insight with the community on the importance of the COVID-19 Vaccination.
Rev. Francisco Tolentino shares his insight with the community on the importance of the COVID-19 Vaccination.
Mr. Eddy Owens of Owens Companies shares his insight with the community on the importance of the COVID-19

Resources to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine:

The Center for Disease Control (CDC), our nation’s health protection agency, states that “the best protection from COVID-19 will be a combination of getting a COVID-19 vaccine, wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds, and washing your hands often. No one tool alone is going to stop the pandemic.”

COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet – CDC

What are the different types of COVID-19 vaccines and how do they work? – CDC

Moderna Vaccine Fact Sheet – FDA

Pfizer Vaccine Fact Sheet – FDA

 Will Whittier continue to offer COVID-19 testing?

Whittier will continue to offer free COVID-19 testing outside its main Health Center at 1290 Tremont Street in Roxbury. You can get a free COVID-19 test between the hours of 9 am and 1 pm, Monday to Saturday.

 

A note about Whittier and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 617-427-1000 for any questions or concerns.

Whittier will provide COVID-19 testing from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday. Following CDC guidance, we recommend testing if you have a fever AND one of the following three symptoms: cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat. Please bring your picture identification and your insurance card (if you have insurance).