New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday advocated an aggressive plan to vaccinate 1 million New Yorkers by the end of January, marking the largest vaccination effort in the city’s history.
“This city can. The amazing health care professionals of this city are ready,” De Blasio said during a briefing.
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They planned to expand to operational vaccination sites at community clinics and locations throughout the city and establish new sites or so-called “COVID-19 vaccination hubs”.
“Our goal is to go to over 250 locations across the city,” De Blasio said.
Continuing to get the necessary help from the federal and state government as well as the vaccine manufacturers, he said, “It is going to take a lot of work.
Meyer said that more than 88,000 New Yorkers have been vaccinated so far.
“We need to go into overdrive now,” De Blasio said.
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The “decentralized grassroots effort” will include expanded immunization at vaccine hubs, testing and trace sites, and increasing the capacity of local organizations to do all the work under the Vaccine Command Center facility.
De Blasio said that rich and privileged people would not be allowed to “jump the line” for faster access to vaccines. The city’s first priority is set on high-risk health care workers and nursing home residents and employees.
In addition, New York City Health Commissioner Drs. Dave Choksky said the goal is to double the access points for vaccination within a month.
“Part of our strategy includes launching the first dedicated city vaccine hub in the coming weeks,” Chokoski said. “These are vaccination clinics operated in the city as points of distribution in school-run gym clinics and other sites.”
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The health commissioner said the first sites will launch in mid-January, with a plan to expand if supplies are allowed, managing 45,000 doses per week.
“In risky areas, often in at-risk neighborhoods, locations were selected and prioritized,” Chosky said.
Finally, de Blasio marked March 14 as a day of remembrance to accept more than 25,000 New Yorkers who had lost to the novel virus.