LYNN– The Lynn Community Health Center (LCHC), Lynn Department of Public Health (DPH), and Nahant Department of Public Health have partnered to open a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Lynn Vocational Technical Institute Field House at 80 Neptune Blvd. beginning Monday, February 1st. People who live or work in Lynn and Nahant, or are patients of Lynn Community Health Center, and are eligible based on the State’s Vaccination Plan, can access free vaccines at this location by appointment only at this time.
Appointments at the Lynn Tech Fieldhouse site can be scheduled online at https://www.lchcnet.org/covid-19-vaccine-scheduling. Due to high demand and constrained vaccine supply, COVID-19 vaccination appointments are limited at this time. Appointments will be added on a rolling basis based on supply from the Federal Government. The City and LCHC are currently working to establish a call-in center where residents can also make appointments by phone for the Lynn Tech site.
If there are no appointments available at the Lynn Tech site, residents may also try to schedule appointments at the State’s regional mega vaccination site in Danvers located at the Double Tree Hilton or other listed local pharmacies distributing vaccines in the area. These locations and access to online appointment platforms can be found on the State’s interactive map of COVID-19 vaccination sites.
“As we move through the stages of the state vaccination plan, the Lynn Department of Public Health and my office will work to do everything we can to make information related to the COVID-19 vaccine as available as possible,” said Mayor Thomas McGee. “Our team is working to enact a plan which includes a robust public information campaign to notify eligible populations so that they may be vaccinated as quickly as possible. There will be a major focus on ensuring an equitable distribution to our diverse and vulnerable populations. Launching the site at Lynn Tech with the incredible partnership of LCHC and Nahant, along with our City’s DPH performing on site vaccinations at the senior housing buildings is a major step forward for our community’s access. I want to thank everyone in advance for their patience and collaboration in following the public health guidance to stop the spread of COVID-19.”
“Throughout the pandemic LCHC has worked closely with the City of Lynn on how to lessen the impact of COVID-19 in our community. Vaccination is the vital, long awaited next step toward a brighter future,” remarked Dr. Geoff Pechinsky, Chief Medical Officer at Lynn Community Health Center. “Providing clear, evidence-based information about the vaccine, and ensuring equitable vaccine distribution throughout our community, are of the utmost importance as we move forward. The vaccine sites currently open in the State are hard to reach for many people, and by opening a site in downtown Lynn we hope to make early vaccine access available to those who may not have had it. Vaccine supply is not yet clearly established, so please be patient as we begin. As a community, with the City and LCHC leading our vaccination efforts, we will get through this together.”
“We are so thankful to Nahant and Lynn’s health officials for working together to bring this opportunity to our residents and staff. As a small community with about one third of our residents age 65 and higher, this partnership with the City of Lynn and the timing of this effort, is invaluable” said Town Administrator Antonio Barletta.
“I urge everyone who is eligible, to get the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Lynn Public Health Director Michele Desmarais. “After the long year we have had, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Continuing to stay cautious even after receiving your vaccine including wearing your mask, social distancing and washing your hands, as well as being patient is important. This rollout process continues to evolve with many challenges including vaccination supply constraints, but our partnership’s commitment is to do our part to vaccinate our community to the best of our ability within those constraints.”
In an effort to make vaccinations as accessible as possible to our most vulnerable members of our elderly population, the Lynn DPH is also working with the Lynn Housing Authority to establish on-site vaccinations at all Lynn low-income and affordable senior housing buildings within the city in the coming weeks. This has the ability to reach over 3,000 seniors in our community.
Regardless of where your vaccine appointment is, individuals are asked to bring the following information to their appointment:
- A signed copy of the Commonwealth’s Self Attestation form in a hard copy or electronically to demonstrate that you are included in one of the state designated eligible groups/phases. If you do not have one upon arrival, copies will be available on site.
- A government-issued identification or license, employer-issued ID card that includes your name and title, or recent paystub or utility bill to prove that you live or work in Lynn or Nahant (or the state if you are a LCHC patient or make an appointment other than the Lynn Tech site).
- Health Insurance card
The lack of a driver’s license, social security number, or insurance is not a barrier to receiving the vaccine. As two shots are necessary for the COVID-19 vaccine currently, individuals will schedule their appointment for the second dose before they leave the appointment for their first dose.
Public Health experts advise that people who are vaccinated still follow the public health protocols such as wearing a mask, washing your hands, and staying 6 feet away from others. Please visit the City of Lynn COVID-19 Resources Page which now includes a Vaccine FAQ tab that will be updated as information evolves.