Food, Music, And Outreach: Gov. Baker Tours Vaccine Clinic In Dorchester

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It was all about outreach in Dorchester on Saturday where Governor Charlie Baker toured the Covid-19 vaccine clinic at Prince Hall Grand Lodge.

The clinic was designed more like a neighborhood party -- featuring a DJ playing music and cooks grilling hot dogs and hamburgers.

"This is absolutely only [vaccine] site I've been at -- and I've been to many -- where we have really great music," Baker said.

Regine Watson, a Site Manager at Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center, helped put the event together -- and said she is hoping to appeal to people who are still hesitant to get the shot.

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"For people of color, there's still a level of fear -- which I attribute to not being educated on the vaccine," Watson said. "So I hope the music, the food, all of that together will create a comfortable environment and get rid of some of the fear -- then they can realize that we're here for them."

Governor Baker said the state is trying to take the same message to people directly where they live -- especially in communities hit hardest by Covid-19.

"At this point we've knocked on about 300,000 doors, about 50,000 doors in the city of Boston [alone]," Baker said.

The clinic at Prince Hall is administering about 120 vaccinations per day.

The Governor said on Saturday that he believes Massachusetts will hit it's goal of having over four million residents fully vaccinated against the virus sometime in June.

WBZ NewsRadio's Kendall Buhl (@WBZKendall) reports.

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Written by Rachel Armany

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