Stan McLaren: an example to the community

Stan McLaren is used to being the first. He is the first born, the first in his family to go to college.

It was only fitting then that he was the first at the Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

McLaren was not grand-standing, however. Rather, he was setting an example. “We see some of the sickest patients,” he explained. And, unfortunately, some of the most likely to reject the vaccine.

According to the Boston Public Health Commission, Dorchester has been hard hit by COVID-19. As of March 31, 2021, of those tested, roughly 17% of Dorchester residents tested positive for the virus in comparison to 3.7% in the Fens and 10.8% in the entire city of Boston.

In addition, Dorchester has some of the highest rates of several chronic diseases, including asthma, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. People with these diseases, are at increased


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