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‘Mobile Vax’ effort launched Saturday in hard-hit communities, starting with East Boston

Patients who received doses left written thank you messages on a banner at the vaccination site. A slogan printed on the side of the bus read, “My reason: protect my community.”

Nathan Klima for The Boston Globe
Vaccine recipients waited in line in Central Square Park outside a coach bus converted into a mobile vaccine clinic in East Boston Saturday.

Hundreds lined up in East Boston Saturday at the first of a series of mobile vaccination clinics planned for several hard-hit communities by a coalition of community and health care groups.

The “Mobile Vax” program — intended to make it easier for high-risk communities to secure vaccine doses — was launched in the city’s Central Square Park under a collaboration among Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, which completed a merger earlier this year, the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Latino Equity Fund, along with other organizations.

“It’s important to bring the vaccine to the local community, especially the Black and brown community,” said Adam Scott, senior vice president of health care services at Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, in a phone interview.

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