In full transparency, the following is a press release submitted to SOURCE media from Slowey/McManus Communications, a Boston PR firm. The photo was also submitted for publication.
FRAMINGHAM – This past week volunteers with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) canvassed in and around Framingham, including tabling at the Metro West YMCA, to spread information about the COVID-19 vaccine.
They also worked to increase the accessibility of the vaccine by providing information about pop-up and mobile clinics for members of the community.
Trained canvassers worked with the Metro West YMCA as well as traveled door-to-door to answer residents’ questions and hand out information about getting vaccinated.
These efforts were part of DPH’s larger Vaccine Equity Initiative, which works with populations and communities that are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 to reduce barriers to vaccination, increase awareness of vaccine safety and efficacy, and ultimately increase vaccinations. Prioritizing vaccine outreach to these communities, like those of Framingham, is key to ending the pandemic.
The Department of Public Health will continue its field operations on the ground in the coming weeks, as the state makes strides to vaccinate all eligible adults and teenagers.
The teams, comprised of Framingham residents, will continue to hand out flyers, hang door knob knockers, and answer questions such as “When can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?” “How will I know it’s my turn to get vaccinated?” and “Is vaccination safe?”