Boston Doctors Bring Covid Vaccine To Doorsteps Of Vulnerable Residents

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The effort to get everyone vaccinated against Covid-19 is going full throttle in Boston.

Twenty local doctors, nurses and medical students are the team behind GotVax -- a campaign that works to deliver the vaccine directly to senior and disabled residents living in Boston Housing Authority apartments and developments.

The team is headed by Mass General Hospital Emergency Room Physician Dr. Alistair Martin. It operates much like a "Get Out The Vote" event on election day -- where the team brings the shot right to people's doorsteps to administer the dose.

"We're right here in the lobby, getting folks vaccinated right in the lobby [of their building]," Dr. Martin said. "And if they can't make it downstairs because they have limited mobility like some of them do -- we come right upstairs to their apartment building and we get them vaccinated."

The doses of the vaccine are provided by South End Community Health Center. The team has already been to several locations in the area and vaccinated hundreds of people against the virus.

"Many of these folks would have found it very very difficult -- and have found it difficult -- to navigate the websites, to get into an Uber, and get out there to Boston Medical Center or Mass General Hospital," Dr. Martin said. "So we're shortening the distance between them and the vaccine by bringing the vaccine to them."

The team will continue to visit public housing developments one day each week -- giving the shot to as many people as possible.

WBZ NewsRadio's Mike Macklin (@mikemacklinwbz) reports.

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Written by Rachel Armany

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