New York on Tuesday launched a new effort to bring COVID vaccines directly to communities and populations hardest hit by the virus.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city is partnering with local organizations to deliver vaccine shots to hard-hit populations via a fleet of vans and buses, and is also expanding the number of walk-in vaccine sites for those 75 and older.
The mobile vaccination effort includes vans and buses equipped with enough vaccines and personnel to administer approximately 200 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine per day, for a range of one to three days.
“With this additional resource, we’re continuing to adapt and expand our efforts – and addressing hesitancy by making the vaccine as accessible as possible,” said Melanie Hartzog, deputy mayor for health and human services, in a press release.
Community organizations will assist residents in making appointments, and the mobile fleet will also accept walk-ins when available.
Promobile Kitchen will operate the first bus, delivering vaccines to restaurant and delivery workers. Daybreak Health will administer vaccine doses, and Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants (ROAR) will help lead outreach efforts and help make appointments ahead of time.
Restaurant workers and restaurant delivery workers can schedule appointments by emailing email@example.com or by calling 1-833-ROAR-NYC (1-833-762-7692).
Details regarding additional sites, including days and hours of operation, are to be announced in the coming weeks.
The city will also be expanding the number of walk-in vaccine sites for New Yorkers 75 and older at City-run vaccine sites citywide, Hartzog said. Below is a list of City-run Bronx sites that will expand its walk-in appointments:
South Bronx Educational Campus
Bronx High School of Science
West Bronx Gymnasium
For more information on specific vaccine sites, visit nyc.gov/vaccinefinder