Updated 12:02 p.m. with information about upcoming New Bedford walk-in vaccination clinics.

DARTMOUTH — The mass COVID-19 vaccination site at the former Circuit City in Dartmouth is slated to close on July 13, as the Baker-Polito Administration announced a shift in focus to Massachusetts' hardest-hit communities.

With more than 3.8 million residents fully vaccinated, the administration said it is now focused on increasing targeted community-based vaccine efforts.

Gov. Charlie Baker's administration announced Tuesday that around $3.2 million in funding has been awarded to community-based organizations to increase access to the vaccine in the 20 hardest-hit municipalities, including New Bedford and Fall River.

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Grants have been awarded to organizations like the Catholic Social Services of Fall River, YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts, and the Brockton Workers Alliance, among others.

According to a June 3 press release, the state will close all of its mass coronavirus vaccination sites in the coming weeks.

The South Coast mass vaccination site in Dartmouth will be the last of the seven mass vaccination sites to close, with the clinic at Gillette Stadium closing first on June 14.

Sites at the Hynes Convention Center, the Reggie Lewis Center, Natick Mall, and the Doubletree in Danvers will finish operations by the end of June. Only the Dartmouth Circuit City and The Eastfield Mall in Springfield will remain open into July.

Meanwhile, today the New Bedford Whaling Museum is offering two free admission tickets to anyone who stops by the museum to get the shot at a pop-up clinic run in conjunction with Curative, the company running the Dartmouth clinic.

According to a release from the Mayor's Office in New Bedford, multiple walk-up clinics will also be taking place in the city this week. All New Bedford residents receiving their first dose will get a $20 Dunkin’ gift card.

 On Thursday, residents can get the jab at the Coast New England Federal Credit Union parking lot, 93 Union St. from 4 to 8 p.m.

Another clinic will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday at Brittany Global Technologies, 1357 East Rodney French Boulevard, and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. residents can get the shot at Price Rite in the South End at 39 South St.

The first 20 residents to get their first dose at the Price Rite will receive a $50 Price Rite gift card.

 Riverside Park on Belleville Avenue in the North End will host a vaccine clinic on Sunday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., while the Andrea McCoy Recreation Center will be open for walk-in vaccinations on Monday, June 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

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