New York City is poised to become the first city in the country to offer free vaccines for adults and children under age 18, starting next month, as the state expands its vaccination program.
City Health Commissioner Dr. Margaret McLean said Friday that New York’s city-run vaccination centers will open to all residents at the beginning of January, and she expects them to be open by the end of June.NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans for the first vaccination center at the New York State Department of Health, which was set up last year in anticipation of an unprecedented wave of cases.
“This is a big deal, and it’s going to help bring New Yorkers into the program,” said De Blasio, who said he was encouraged by the state’s recent data showing that vaccination rates have decreased over the last month.
De Blasio also said that the city would soon be adding vaccination clinics in the neighborhoods of Harlem and Queens, and will work with community groups to encourage them to enroll in the program.
“I am extremely excited about the launch of New York,” he said.
“It’s going be a huge benefit to the city.”NYC will also expand the city’s vaccination program to cover children, and the city will begin providing free vaccines in mid-January to adults and small children under the age of 18.
The state began expanding the program in May and the first center opened in December.
The city’s expanded program, which has not been widely adopted in the United States, is expected to cost $1.9 billion over three years.NYU Health, one of the nation’s leading vaccine research centers, will provide $250 million in grant funding to expand vaccination and education services, including health education workshops, clinics, and vaccination centers.
The expanded program will also help New York build capacity for the outbreak, said Dr. Jennifer McKeown, associate director for health policy and policy analysis at NYU.”NYC has a very large population,” McKeow told the New Yorker.
“We know that there’s a high rate of exposure in our city.”
“We will be a major hub for vaccine access, access for care, access to vaccines, and access to treatment for those who need it.”
McKeow said the expanded program is the result of a concerted effort from local health departments to encourage vaccination, and a strong response from the state.
“We know there is a high risk of infection, but we also know that people need access to safe and effective vaccines,” she said.
“These are a critical public health assets.”
The state is also moving to expand coverage in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and other city officials have said that vaccination coverage is critical for the city and its residents to remain safe and healthy.
DeBlasio has also announced a goal of increasing the number of city residents vaccinated by 50 percent by the year 2020, up from the current 35 percent.
DeLaurenti, the Bronx borough president, said he expected the program would also help his community’s vaccination rate.
“As the first community of this size, we will need to do everything we can to increase our vaccination rate,” he told the Times.
“Our communities are very, very well connected to the vaccine.”
The city is also planning to expand access to immunization clinics in low-income areas, with the hope that residents will not have to drive long distances to get their shots.
A report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released last week showed that the number and proportion of New Yorkers who have not been vaccinated is on the rise.
The New York Public Health Department announced Friday that it is expanding access to vaccinations for children and adults aged 6 to 17, who need the vaccine more than anyone else in the city.
The plan includes a new program called NYCKids for Life.
DeVos, who has pledged to expand the vaccination program, said that in the first year, the program will provide approximately 1 million doses of vaccines to all children in the City.
The program will be rolled out gradually, with some centers open only a few days a week, and others open several times a week.
DeLeo said that after the initial expansion, NYCKids will expand to all New York communities by the middle of the year.
The plan will cover the city of New Jersey, which in the last few years has seen an increase in cases of the flu and the coronavirus, and is currently facing the largest outbreak in the nation.
“The numbers are not as high as we’d like, but they’re there,” DeLeo told the NYT.
“And we will continue to work with the governors to get as many kids vaccinated as we can.”
New York State’s vaccine plan is set to be expanded to other states soon.
De Blasio has said he wants to expand vaccinations nationwide.
De Laurento and other leaders in New York are urging