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NEW YORK – “NYC Youth Vax Week” campaign is on the move. This week-long initiative, which began Tuesday in one area in Brooklyn, is Mayor Bill de Blasio’s approach to combat misinformation regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. It aims to encourage parents and guardians to allow their children 12 years and older to get the authorized vaccine.
“New York City is outpacing the nation in vaccinating our youngest residents, and our outreach to younger New Yorkers is only just beginning,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Whether it’s the New York Aquarium, the Bronx Zoo, or the classroom, we’re going to reach kids everywhere. The more New Yorkers who get vaccinated and protect one another, the closer we will be to moving on from this pandemic and getting back to the people and the activities that we love.”
The City will host ‘Youth Vax Block Parties’ at popular parks in each borough. The parties will each have a vaccine bus providing the Pfizer vaccine stationed in its proximity, and families can enjoy food, music, and other activities.
“Vaccine offers young people a chance to more safely enjoy the summer,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Dave A. Chokshi. He added that it is not only a fun kick-off for the season but also “a chance to answer questions from young people and their parents or guardians about the safe and highly effective Pfizer vaccine.”
May Malik, Deputy Commissioner for the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), also chimed in, saying that the NYCYouth Vax Week will offer the immigrant youth a full week of fun, culturally relevant experiences. Direct outreach “will help to make our city safer and healthier. MOIA is proud to support this effort with on-the-ground support in immigrant communities across the city, as we continue working with our partners for an equitable recovery for immigrant families,” she said.
NYC Youth Vax Week mobile vaccine buses will be stationed in the following locations:
Coney Island, 1310 Surf Avenue (June 5th – June 6th, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM)
Marcy Plaza (Across Restoration Plaza), Marcy Ave and Fulton St (June 3rd – June 4th, 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
Brooklyn Museum, 150 Eastern Parkway (June 2nd – June 4th, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Corona Plaza, 40-12 National Street (June 1st- June 54, 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
- Rockaway Beach/Beach 84 (June 5th – June 6th, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM)
- Travers Park, @ 34th Ave Open Streets in front of Travers Park 78-1 34th Avenue (June 3rd- June 6th, 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM )
- Jackson Heights, 73-21A Broadway (June 1st- June 4th, 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
- Marcus Garvey Park, 27 East 124th Street (June 5th – June 7th, 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
- Lower East Side/Van Gogh Exhibit, Pier 36, 299 South St, Manhattan (June 4th – June 6th, 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM)
- Orchard Beach, Park Drive (June 5th – June 6th, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM)
- Crotona Park – Boxcar Playground, Crotona Park East & Charlotte Street (June 5th – June 7th, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM)
- Fordham Plaza, 1 Fordham Plaza (June 1st – June 3rd, 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
Tappen Park (June 3rd- June 6th, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
Additional mobile vans will also be stationed at the following locations:
- Herbert Von King Park, Street Parking by 670 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn (May 31st – June 1st; June 3rd – June 6th, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM)
- Red Hook Park, Corner of Bay Street and Columbia Street, Brooklyn (June 3rd – June 5th; 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM)
- Grand Army Plaza, Pedestrian Plaza at Grand Army Plaza Entrance to Prospect Plaza, Brooklyn (June 6th; 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM)
- Kissena Corridor Park, Corner of Colden Street and Geranium Avenue, Queens (June 6th, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM)
- Cunningham Park, Corner of 193rd Street and Aberdeen Road, Queens (June 3rd – June 4th; June 5th – June 6th, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM)
- Wolfe’s Pond Beach, Wolfe’s Pond Park Chester St, Staten Island (June 3rd – June 5th, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM)
To find the nearest COVID-19 vaccine site carrying the Pfizer vaccine, you can visit https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/or call 844-VAX-4NYC.