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FDA grants full approval to Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine

“The US Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted full approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for people age 16 and older. This is the first coronavirus vaccine approved by the FDA, and is expected to open the door to more vaccine mandates.”

COVID-19 Vaccination Equity Report

As part of demonstrating Lowell Community Health Center’s commitment to equity, inclusion, and combatting racism, we are continuing to produce a COVID-19 Vaccination Equity Report. This report provides details from our vaccine distribution here at the Health Center.

Lowell CHC Pauses J&J Vaccine; Moderna Vaccines Not Affected

In accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Lowell Community Health Center is pausing use of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. We are administering the Moderna vaccine, which is not affected by the recent safety review, so if you are scheduled for a vaccine at Lowell CHC, it is important that you keep your appointment. We are not canceling appointments. You can help #stopthespread of COVID-19 by getting vaccinated.

The FDA has reported that, as of 4/12/21, 6.8 million+ doses (181,034 in Massachusetts) of the J&J vaccine have been administered. The CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals receiving the vaccine. Per the CDC and FDA: People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop a severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider. 

 

Lowell CHC Offers New Online Vaccine Booking

Lowell Community Health Center is offering an easier online system for booking COVID-19 vaccine appointments. When patients are eligible for the vaccine and an appointment is available, they will receive a secure text with a link to register for the vaccine. Patients may still call 978-547-1686 to book an appointment, if they prefer not to use the online system.

Meet Fernando. One of our first patients to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Now, hope has a name. It is Fernando. Yesterday, we received a dose of something we all need these days: hope. We began providing the first doses of the COVID vaccine to our patients 75+. We are excited by the realization that more and more patients will be vaccinated every day!

Meet Fernando

New Q&A on Patient Portal

Did you know the Lowell CHC Patient Portal is a convenient way to access your medical information and communicate with your care team securely, 24/7? You can view lab results, request medication refills, send messages to your care team, and more, all from your computer or mobile phone. Get answers to all of your questions, including how to register, on our new FAQ page.

Community Health Centers Awaiting Vaccines

There is no shortage of will to provide COVID vaccines, but first, community health centers need to have vaccines on hand. Our Chief Clinical Officer, Elizabeth Hale, was recently part of the discussion on WBUR.

Lowell Community Health Center awarded $187,980 HRSA Grant to Control Hypertension

Lowell CHC has been awarded a $187,980 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services — Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to help health center patients with hypertension improve their blood pressure control. 

Lowell CHC receives $50,000 grant for chronic conditions care

The Lowell Community Health Center has received a $50,000 grant from the Commonwealth Care Alliance to provide care for individuals with chronic conditions.

Lowell CHC leading effort to inform and vaccinate residents

“Community health organizations, including Lowell Community Health Center, Greater Lowell Health Alliance, and Lowell General Hospital, are working with trusted community aid organizations in a unified effort to distribute timely and accurate information about the vaccine rollout.”

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