Health centers key to city’s vaccine effort

Health center leaders met with the Boston City Council Feb. 4 to talk about problems and solutions for a vaccine rollout that targets communities of color.

Local health centers all over Boston remain at the forefront of testing and vaccination rollout, facing the challenge of reaching their own patients in a timely manner. Mass vaccination centers at large venues such as Fenway Park distribute the bulk of doses, but health centers are tasked with reaching hesitant locals struggling with lack of transportation and limited access to appointments.

Councilors questioned a panel of public health experts, including Boston’s Health and Human Services Chief Marty Martinez, Boston Public Health Commission Medical Director Jennifer Lo, and leaders from Codman Square Health Center and East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.

Beginning the conversation on equity, Martinez expressed a desire for data specific to Boston as shots are distributed.

“We’re working hard to ensure that distribution

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