NYC to deploy mobile vaccine vans to reach unvaccinated older adults

by PDM STAFF

| Photo courtesy of NYC Health + Hospitals

NEW YORK – The NYC Department for the Aging will reopen select senior centers to host mobile vans through August to reach unvaccinated older New Yorkers, estimated at 25 percent.

The City offers free vaccination at mobile sites for all New Yorkers over 12 and does not require an appointment. City health officials are urging all unvaccinated New Yorkers, especially older adults that are most vulnerable to severe illness, to get their safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. It said that the threat of the Delta variant and uptick of COVID-19 hospitalization is an ongoing concern.

“Even as the City continues to reopen, the pandemic is still not over. Many barriers to vaccination have already been addressed. Vaccine information, support, and access are widely available to all New Yorkers,” said Commissioner Cortés-Vázquez. “It is now up to each of us to do our part to keep ourselves and our loved ones protected and safe. I got vaccinated for my 92-year-old mother. Who will you do it for?”

Mobile vaccine sites will be at different senior centers across the city every week and operate on location for several days (see schedule below) through August and offer Pfizer or J&J vaccines. Staff will assist patients with booking their second dose appointment for those who chose the Pfizer vaccine. In June, mobile vaccine vans and buses have visited 18 senior centers, helping vaccinate nearly 600 individuals.

“The COVID-19 vaccines are life-saving and the most important tool we have to protect New Yorkers from avoidable suffering,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Dave A. Chokshi. “The mobile vaccine vans for senior centers are another way the City is bringing the vaccine to New Yorkers.”

This initiative follows other continuous vaccination outreach efforts for older New Yorkers, which have included over 11,000 free rides to vaccination sites and over 18,500 vaccine doses administered through the City’s in-home vaccination program.

“Getting vaccinated is the most effective way New Yorkers can protect their health and their loved ones. It’s easy, you will not be asked about your immigration status, and you can use your IDNYC to get the vaccine,” said Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Raquel Batista. “Mobile COVID-19 vaccine vans have made it possible to bring vaccines directly into hubs in every corner of our city. We applaud this effort to make vaccines even more accessible to and convenient for older New Yorkers.”

“I am proud of the role NYC Health + Hospitals has played during the COVID pandemic. Our facilities came together as a system to serve, help, and save New Yorkers,” said Mitchell Katz, MD, President, and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals. “Now we must do everything possible to protect our patients and each other. We hope the example of health care workers protecting their patients and protecting others will inspire others who have not yet gotten vaccinated to do so.”

Approximately 4.9 million New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the vaccine. There have been over 100,000 doses given from mobile vaccination sites, 280,000 doors knocked by canvassers, and 20,000 doses given in-home to anyone who needs it. There have also been more than $80,000 in Referral Bonuses given to community organizations.

SCHEDULE FOR MOBILE SITES FOR JULY AND AUGUST

Dates: 7/21-7/23

Hope Gardens Multi-Service Neighborhood Senior Center
8 am to 6 pm
195 Linden Street, Brooklyn 11221

CCNS Catherine Sheridan Neighborhood Senior Center
8 am to 6 pm
35-24 83rd Street Queens 11372

Lenox Hill Innovative Senior Center
8 am to 6 pm
343 East 70th Street Manhattan 10021

Dates: 7/28-7/30

Marine Park Active Adults Neighborhood Senior Center
8 am-6 pm
3000 Fillmore Avenue, Brooklyn 11234

CPC Project Open Dorr Neighborhood Senior Center
8 am-6 pm
168 Grand Street, Manhattan 10013

Dates: 8/4-8/6

Encore Neighborhood Senior Center
8 am-6 pm
239 West 49th Street, Manhattan 10019

Riverstone Senior Life Neighborhood Senior Center
8 am-6 pm
99 Fort Washington Avenue, Manhattan 10032

CPC Nan Shan Neighborhood Senior Center
8 am-6 pm
133-14 41st Avenue, Queens 11355

Dates: 8/11-8/13

BronxWorks Innovative Senior Center
8 am-6 pm
80 East 181st Street, Bronx 10453

Samuel Field Neighborhood Senior Center
8 am-6 pm
58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Queens 11362

Council Center for Senior Citizens Neighborhood Senior Center
8 am-6 pm
1001 Quentin Road, Brooklyn 11223

Dates: 8/18-8/20

Anderson Neighborhood Senior Center
8 am-6 pm
120 Anderson Avenue, Staten Island 10302

Sunnyside Community Neighborhood Senior Center
8 am-6 pm
43-31 39th Street, Queens 11104

Hamilton-Madison House
8 am-6 pm
50 Madison Street, Manhattan 10038

Rochdale Neighborhood Senior Center
8 am-6 pm
169-65 137th Avenue, Queens 10032

Dates: 8/25-8/27

Bethune Neighborhood Senior Center
8 am-6 pm
1970 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan 10032

Florence E. Smith Neighborhood Senior Center
8 am-6 pm
102-19 34th Avenue, Queens 11368

William Hodson Neighborhood Senior Center
8 am-6 pm
1320 Webster Avenue, Bronx 10456

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