The Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center is hosting a free Back to School COVID-19 Vaccination clinic for anyone 12 years old and older on August 9th. The clinic is a partnership of the Boston Public Health Commission, Brookside Community Health Center, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital Mobile Vaccine Van team. The Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center is located at 10B Green St. The clinic will be available noon to 7 pm, and there will be giveaways, including school supplies, ice cream, and more. This event is not just for patients, but for anyone in the community.
With New England fall weather upon us, the Brookside Community Health Center is closing its outside COVID-19 testing and resource site on Nov. 5. Brookside Community Health Center is part of the Brigham & Women's Hospital, and has operated the test site for six months. It's also been a distribution site for care kits, a a voter registration location, and more. "We understand this continues to be a challenging time for so many of us and are committed to identifying an indoor location where we can serve you consistently throughout the winter months.
There are countless unsung heroes who are working on the frontlines in the face of the Coronavirus. Here are two Brookside Community Health Center employees who have been putting their lives on the line to help others. For eight weeks, ending July 10, the Brookside Community Health Center was one of Boston's free testing sites. That meant lots and lots of people coming to get tested. Name: Victoria (Tory) Hill
Hometown: Jamaica Plain
I have worked at Brookside Community Health Center for five years in total. I left for a few years to go back to nursing school, and have now been back working as a nurse practitioner for the last three years.
Daily free testing for COVID-19 at the Brookside Community Center ended July 10, but testing is likely to eventually resume there again. Brookside's testing site at 3297 Washington St., was open for eight weeks in collaboration with the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center on Centre Street, and ended on July 10. Brookside provided a statement to Jamaica Plain News about the testing site ending:
"In balancing the importance of COVID-19 testing for our community with the need to serve our patients at each of the health centers, we will likely restart our testing site soon, in a more limited capacity, and will communicate those decision once made." Brookside will also post on updates on its Facebook page. While there are no more free Jamaica Plain testing sites, there are numerous other testing sites in Boston.
The Brookside Community Health Center is offering free, no questions asked COVID-19 tests in its parking area. Gustavo Quiroga shared what his experience was like to get a test. The health center located at 3297 Washington St., is offering free testing Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. And yes, it is the nostril swab test that you may have heard about. And contrary to some places around the country where you have to wait days, Quiroga only had to wait 48 hours for his results.
Boston is ramping up its daily diagnostic testing of residents, to more than double tests in the last two weeks. The city's averaging 1,100 tests conducted per day, up from an average of 680 tests conducted per day the prior week, and the aim is to reach an average of 1,500 diagnostic tests per day of residents, according to a city press release. Testing efforts are being prioritized in each neighborhood, particularly of populations most vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19. "Testing helps people get the care they need and avoid passing the virus on to others," said Mayor Marty Walsh. "Increasing our testing efforts allows our public health experts to better track the outbreak and it will continue to be essential in our progress toward recovery.
A young boy (and his mother) made an incredible one-minute video highlighting all of his favorite things about Jamaica Plain -- the restaurants, train stations, barber shop, libraries, bicycles, karate classes -- and more! Holding a toy train to start, Santiago Arroyo begins in front of the Egleston Square mural across from the T and makes his way to the Egleston Community Garden, and then moves on to restaurants by highlighting the original Chilacates, JP Licks (what kid doesn't like ice cream?), Pikalo, and Exodus Bagels. He shouts out all the bicycles to ride, neighborhood libraries and playgrounds, mentions he takes karate classes with his mother and grandmother(!), and talks up the firefighters of Engine 28. Then he really gets into the action -- by getting a trim at Flaco's Barber Shop, and a teeth cleaning at the Brookside Community Health Center. He ends by showcasing JP's T stops.