COVID-19 Vaccine

Whittier and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Whittier is preparing to deliver vaccinations to our patients and community in the fight against COVID-19, and we want to keep you informed about what to expect.

The state of Massachusetts has launched Phase 2 of its COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan, and starting February 1 Whittier and other community health centers will begin offering vaccines in the order specified in the priority guidelines used by the Commonwealth in its vaccine distribution plan. Whittier will be administering the vaccine to our patients and members of the community at our clinical site at 1290 Tremont St. in Roxbury.

As supplies become available, we will also be using our Mobile Health Vans to undertake a mobile vaccination effort to bring the vaccine into neighborhood sites, where it will be offered to residents of underserved communities following the state priority guidelines.

Message from Vice President Harris

What will the State’s vaccine roll-out look like?

 

 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/

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).