First three sites to launch this weekend in Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Manhattan; program brings on-site vaccine clinics to NYCHA developments for residents 65+
Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that the City will open vaccination clinics in NYCHA developments, providing on-site vaccinations for residents 65 or older. Clinics will open at the Van Dyke I & II Houses in Brooklyn, Cassidy Lafayette Houses in Staten Island, and Polo Grounds Towers in Manhattan this coming weekend, with plans to move to different sites across the city in the coming weeks.
“Equity is the driving force of our vaccine plan, and doses must go directly to those who need them most,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “That’s why we’re meeting our most vulnerable where they are, providing vaccines to our NYCHA seniors right in their own communities.”
To reach New Yorkers over the age of 65, the City continues to broaden its outreach to seniors through its agency partners and trusted community voices. With a comprehensive outreach campaign spearheaded by the Vaccine Planning Group for Older New Yorkers, the City is partnering with local organizations to get the word out about accessible and safe vaccinations in New York City for seniors, knocking on doors, placing direct calls and robocalls, holding virtual townhalls, partnering with local health providers and more.
“Throughout the pandemic, we’ve seen our city’s deep inequities up close. I am pleased that the City is prioritizing NYCHA residents as part of its initial wave of vaccine rollouts and I encourage everyone eligible to take this free, safe and effective vaccine. Only by defeating this virus can we begin the hard work of rebuilding a more equitable New York,” said State Senator Zellnor Myrie.
“During these unprecedented times, many of our residents have been interested in additional information and resources on how to properly protect themselves against Covid-19,” said Van Dyke Houses Resident Association President Lisa Kenner. “Establishing Van Dyke Houses as a community hub for outreach, education, and safe vaccinations gives our seniors and their families tremendous hope and we are grateful to NYCHA, DFTA, and the City of New York for making this vaccination site a reality.”
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