For families who cannot get to Codman for their child’s wellness visits, our providers are now available to go to them! The Codman Square Pediatric Mobile Vaccine and Well-Child Van is starting visits next month, and will treat children (ages 0-2) whose families cannot make it to the Health Center because of transportation, health, or other reasons.
Due to COVID-19, many families did not come to the Health Center for their well-child visits from mid-March on. As a result, providers conducted significantly fewer well-child visits and immunizations. In April of 2020, Codman performed only about one third of the typical number of well-child visits for children 2 and under, which means these young children are missing, among other things, important vaccinations. But now we have a solution to this important issue.
The mobile well-child vans will drive to a patient’s home for an immunization. The van will be staffed with a provider and nurse who will perform the child’s visit including, if needed, vaccinations.
Provider’s stress that coming to Codman for a child’s visit allows for the most comprehensive care, and that the van will temporarily offer this important service for those families who cannot visit the Health Center. Families who would like to have their child’s visit conducted in the mobile unit should call their health care provider.
We will be using a mobile clinic van that is already licensed through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to Boston Health Care for the Homeless through support from the Kraft Center for Community Health.