Chelsea nonprofit opens doors for vaccinations

In the city of Chelsea, once considered the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in Massachusetts, residents have new hope, with a new vaccination site located downtown now available to residents.

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center opened a vaccination site at La Colaborativa in Chelsea to inoculate residents on Thursday, Feb. 4 and plans to ramp up vaccinations to meet demand in the coming weeks.

Manny Lopes, the president and CEO of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, said it was important to place the city’s first vaccination site in the heart of Chelsea by Bellingham Square on Broadway. He said that was made possible by partnering with the nonprofit.

“When we first started talking to the city of Chelsea we knew right away that we wanted to be in the heart of Chelsea; we wanted to be easily accessible, [within] walking distance, and there’s nothing like this place here,” he

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