Out of an abundance of caution and as a federal site, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center is pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID 19 Vaccine until further review by the FDA and CDC.  The FDA announced this morning (4/13) they are recommending a pause and will be promptly reviewing the use of the vaccine in the US due to an extremely rare occurrence of a blood clot in several individuals.


Starting today (4/13), The Health Center will only be using the Moderna and Pfizer COVID vaccines at our vaccine sites in Lawrence, Haverhill, and Methuen until further notice.  Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are mRNA vaccines, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is an adenovirus vaccine.  After millions of doses given since December, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines continue to show safety and effectiveness.


GLFHC will proactively attempt to contact people who are scheduled on the specific days/sites this week for the J&J vaccine to let them know of the change to Moderna/Pfizer.  For people who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, if they are concerned about any specific symptoms, we recommend that they reach out to their medical provider.  CDC Information is here.

Leadership Team

John M. Silva

President and

Chief Executive Officer

John Silva’s career began immediately following graduation from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA in 1977. His first role in public service began at the Massachusetts State House as a legislative aide. It was his love for healthcare and community that brought him back to his hometown of Hull, Massachusetts in 1979 to become the Executive Director of the Hull Medical Center.

His resume highlights his passion for community health – from his role with the New England Community Health Center Association, to becoming President and CEO of Family Care Health Centers in St. Louis, MO in 1989. In that role, Silva is credited with revitalizing a stagnant community-based healthcare delivery organization by expanding services, delivery locations, and patient visits. In St. Louis, Silva is credited with the expansion of four additional health centers, a new dental practice, and a new administration building as well as the total renovation of the parent and largest health center, along with creating the first health center based Family Practice Residency Program in Missouri.

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Karina Calderon


Frances Sidley


Julieann Thurlow


Abel Vargas


Delia Durán-Clark


Timothy DiBona


Christopher Vrountas


Charlie Zanazzi


Robert J. Gold


Joanne Grega


Rosa Pina

Vice Chair

David Abdoo

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Jessica Molignano

Merrimack College

Helena Silva

Primerica Advisors

James Moriarty, Chair

Enterprise Bank

Susan Theriault, Vice Chair

Guardian Ambulance

Daniel Bryant


Blaise Coco

Coco, Early & Associates

Timothy Coco


Noemi Custodia-Lora

Northern Essex Community College

Linda P. Early

Coco, Early & Associates

Lane Glenn

Northern Essex Community College

Zoila Gomez

Law Offices of Zoila Gomez

Therese Leone

Enterprise Bank

Scott Martin

Martins Flowers

Vilma Martinez-Dominguez

Mayor's Health Task Force

Derek Mitchell

Lawrence Partnership

Wil Molina

Coco, Early & Associates

Michael Morris

Morris, Rossi, and Hayes

Denise Olivares

Coco, Early & Associates

Peter F. Quinlan

Fred C. Church Insurance

Glenn Prezzano

512 Media, Inc.

Olivia Rosa

City of Lawrence

Joseph M. Russo

Hub International

Michael Santana

Coco, Early & Associates

Michael Sullivan

TA Sullivan Insurance

Salim Tabit

Essex County Superior Court

John Toomajanian

Guardian Ambulance

David Torrisi

Torrisi Advisors

Susan Tucker

Former Massachusetts State Senator

Edward Warnshuis

Lawrence Public Schools

Charles F. Zanazzi

HarborOne Bank