Expanding Access to Vaccination Sites

Nichole S. Gehr


Patrick J. Foye, MTA Chairman and CEO said,
 “The MTA is performing almost everything we can to ensure vaccine equity by furnishing improved transit entry from public housing and group facilities to Medgar Evers University and York Faculty. We want to make confident individuals who reside in the ZIP codes with the least expensive vaccination premiums throughout the metropolis have all the alternatives possible to get to these web-sites.” 

Sarah Feinberg, Interim President of MTA New York Metropolis Transit stated, “To support ensure New Yorkers have as a lot of solutions as attainable to vacation to get their photographs, starting off on March 1 we will enrich service on bus routes that present services from the key ZIP codes to these special vaccination internet sites. We want to do anything we can to vaccinate New York. We motivate New Yorkers to use the MTA’s journey planner at mta.facts to plan a vacation to get vaccinated.”

In late 2020, the Governor announced the launch of New York’s Vaccine Fairness Endeavor Power chaired by Secretary of State Rossana Rosado, Nationwide City League President & CEO Marc Morial, and Healthfirst President & CEO Pat Wang. Considering that its establishment, the Activity Drive has continued function to make certain susceptible and underserved communities are not left behind by breaking down the obstacles to vaccination and ensuring there is equitable distribution of the vaccine throughout the point out. 

Also, New York has set up extra than 104 temporary neighborhood-based ‘pop up’ vaccination sites at church buildings, community centers and public housing complexes instantly within just communities throughout the state which have been underserved by classic health treatment programs. Because January 15, these web-sites have enabled approximately 45,000 New Yorkers to obtain their initially COVID-19 vaccine dose at these neighborhood-dependent pop up sites. After the administration of to start with doses, internet sites are then re-set up three months afterwards to administer 2nd doses. 

New York will continue on to establish these pop-up web sites until eventually they have been put at all 33 NYCHA Senior Housing Developments, which home far more than 7,600 seniors. Pop-up locations will also continue to be recognized at other general public housing complexes statewide, as properly as at additional than 300 church buildings and cultural facilities which have volunteered to household these websites through Governor Cuomo’s Vaccine Equity Process Pressure.

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