Covid19 (Coronavirus) Updates
VACCINE UPDATES: COVID-19 Vaccines are now open to all residents age 16 and older. (We offer the Moderna vaccine, for ages 18 and older.) The vaccine is available and free to everyone who lives, works or studies in Massachusetts, including undocumented immigrants. Getting the vaccine will not affect your immigration status.
ALERT (4/23/21): The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have determined that the recommended pause regarding the use of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. should be lifted, and use of the vaccine should resume. According to the CDC: “We have concluded that the known and potential benefits of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine outweigh its known and potential risks in individuals 18 years of age and older. We are confident that this vaccine continues to meet our standards for safety, effectiveness and quality.” Learn more.
To Book a Vaccine Appointment: Lowell CHC Patients
Through our partnership with Lowell General Hospital (LGH), we are now offering expanded access to the COVID-19 vaccine in our community! Lowell CHC patients have 2 options to schedule their vaccine:
1) Book at Lowell CHC: NEW! Lowell Community Health Center is offering an easier online system for booking COVID-19 vaccine appointments! When an appointment is available for you, you will receive a secure text with a link to register for your vaccine. Below is a sample picture of the text you will receive. Please follow the link to complete the registration process.
Please note: When you receive the text, following the link is the quickest way to book your appointment. If you are having difficulty with the online registration form, please call 978-547-1686 to book your appointment.
Reminders: If you are scheduled to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Lowell CHC, it is important that you keep your vaccine appointment. We are administering the Moderna vaccine only and are not canceling appointments. You can help #stopthespread of COVID-19 by getting vaccinated. You must return for the second dose to be fully vaccinated and protected against COVID-19. Receiving only the first dose weakens your resistance to COVID-19. If you have a vaccine appointment scheduled at Lowell CHC, but have received your vaccine elsewhere, please contact us so we can offer your appointment time to another patient.
2) Book at LGH: Lowell General Hospital (LGH) offers expanded hours for appointments and options for both the Moderna (for 18+) and Pfizer (for 16+) vaccines. Book online at: www.lowellgeneralvaccine.com.
To Book a Vaccine Appointment: Non-Patients
Our COVID vaccine appointments are for Lowell CHC patients only. We are not vaccinating companions. If you are not a Lowell CHC patient, please visit www.lowellgeneralvaccine.com to schedule an appointment with Lowell General Hospital, which offers both the Moderna (for 18+) and Pfizer (for 16+) vaccines.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
A. For Lowell CHC patients — If you have symptoms or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please call 978.937.9700 to arrange for a test, either at the health center or at Lowell General Hospital. If you are not a Lowell CHC patient, please do not call the health center about testing. For more information, please visit the state’s website for free testing locations: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread. You must preregister, and you do not need to have symptoms to be tested.
Q. Where can I get more information about COVID-19?
A. For Lowell CHC information, please continue to check this page. For statewide information, visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. For federal information and guidelines, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Q: Which is the best COVID-19 vaccine?
A: The one you can get soonest. See this chart on “Key Features of COVID-19 vaccines being used worldwide.
LATEST PATIENT INFORMATION
Caring for Lowell. Keeping you Safe. Keeping you Healthy.
- Don’t let fear of COVID-19 prevent you from getting your routine health care. We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 978.937.9700.
- We are not accepting walk-in appointments right now. Be sure to CALL before you visit the Health Center.
- Some appointments will be scheduled via telephone. Others will be at the Health Center. We will discuss this with you when you make your appointment.
- Lowell Community Health Center is safe. We are disenfecting frequently throughout the day and overnight, and practicing social distancing.
- Your HEALTH and SAFETY are our top concerns.
- View our Phase I Attestation or our Phase II Attestation. For more information, visit the Commonwealth’s Reopening Website.
Appointments at the Health Center
To help minimize the spread of infection, please note the following when visiting the Health Center.
- Please wear a face mask. If you do not have one, it will be provided.
- When you enter the building, a Lowell CHC Greeter will welcome you, assess your health, and take your temperature. You will be asked to use hand sanitizer, which we will provide.
- You will then take the elevator to your department and go directly to the exam room to be seen by your provider and receive follow-up information.
Helpful Vaccine Materials
Our team has created a series of videos in multiple languages, featuring our Lowell CHC providers and local community members providing facts, addressing myths, and sharing personal reasons why they are receiving the vaccine (#ThisIsMyWhy).
Watch all the videos here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIT-Tj6UFk1kA9Fp3Q_nbgaUYOCTTRCgJ.
Video: Why should I get vaccinated for COVID-19? Many reasons!
Por que deverei ser vacinado contra a COVID-19? (Portuguese)
Video: Can the vaccine give me COVID-19 or make me sick? No!
Video: Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe? Yes!
¿Son seguras las vacunas COVID-19? ¡Sí! (Spanish)
Lowell CHC employees and Greater Lowell community members share their reasons for getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
តើអ្នកនៅមិនហ៊ានចាក់ថ្នាំបង្ការជំងឺកូវិដ-១៩ ឬ? សូមស្តាប់អ្នកមីង តេង ប្រាថ្នា!
Are you still hesitating about the COVID-19 vaccine? Please listen to Ms. Prathana Teng!
Michael Horgan, Optical Manager at Lowell Community Health Center, shares his reason for getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
ព្រះគុណលោកម្ចាស់តា វិជ្ជាសម្បន្នោ ឈូម សំបូចាក់ថ្នាំការពារកូវិដ-១៩មុនគេបង្អស់នៅវត្តពន្លឺពុទ្ធចក្ក។ សូមស្តាប់ពុទ្ធដិការបស់ព្រះអង្គ!
Our Head Monk, Lok Ta Vichea Sambano: Chhoum Bo, at Glory Buddhist Temple was the first of this temple to get vaccinated. A true leader!
Luz Vasudevan nos comparte los motivos por los cuales recibió la vacuna contra el COVID-19.
Luz Vasudevan shares her reasons for getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
តើអ្នកនៅមិនហ៊ានចាក់ថ្នាំបង្ការជំងឺកូវិដ-១៩ ឬ? សូមស្តាប់អ្នកមីង តេង ប្រាថ្នា!
Are you afraid of the COVID-19 vaccine? Please listen to Grandma Kum Chi of Glory Buddhist Temple in Lowell!
Mercy Anampiu, Lowell CHC Health Promotion & Education Manager, shares why she got the COVID-19 vaccine and why she is encouraging others to do the same.
Lobby Redesign for COVID-19 Vaccinations
COVID testing outside at the Health Center (161 Jackson Street) continues 1-2 days per week and is by appointment only and after a phone visit with a provider. Call us at (978) 937-9700 for information or to schedule your test.
Note: Our main line (978-937-9700) is experiencing significantly higher than usual call volume and longer wait times due to the COVID pandemic/testing and telehealth services. You might experience difficulties reaching the health center by phone. If you can, please try calling back after 5 p.m. or on weekends. We are actively working to resolve this issue and apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your patience.
How do I Self-Quarantine if my COVID-19 test came back positive? Read this document for important instructions.
What do you do if you are sick? If you are sick with COVID-19, or suspected of being infected with it, follow the steps in this fact sheet to help prevent spreading it to people in your home and community.
For additional fact sheets from the CDC in multiple languages (including what you need to know, and how to stop the spread of germs), click here.
We have compiled a list of community resources to help you and your family navigate various challenges associated with COVID-19 (updated: 3.24.20). We will update this regularly as new information becomes available.
Health Insurance Information
Did you know that you can apply for health insurance through the MA Health Connector? To apply for MassHealth or a financial assistance program, you may do so at any time during the year. If you currently enrolled in a health connector plan, please take advantage of the enrollment period, running through May 23rd for Massachusetts residents. Learn more.
LOWELL CHC IN THE COMMUNITY
Mercy Anampiu, Director of Community Health Programs, and Beth Hale, Chief of Clinical Services, talk about COVID-19 on “African Diaspora Connects.” Host Kibathi Gaturu reminds us all that “COVID is real.” And he should know, as he recently recovered after contracting COVID and believes he contracted it during a night out with friends. Watch this informative video.