New York State will Provide COVID-19 Vaccine Directly to Doctors’ Offices in SOMOS Health Network Predominately Located in Lower Income Communities of Color; Program to Start in the Coming Weeks
75 Medical Practices in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens Will Vaccinate New Yorkers — Scaling Up to 100 Practices as Supply Allows
Builds on Governor’s Continued Efforts to Reduce Barriers to Vaccine Access and Combat Vaccine Hesitancy
New York State’s partnership with SOMOS — a network of over 2,500 physicians concentrated in lower income communities of color — builds on the state’s efforts to bring the vaccine to underserved communities and combat vaccine hesitancy. Since January 15, the state has deployed more than 160 community-based pop-up sites, which have administered more than 62,500 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
On March 25, Governor Cuomo announced 14 community-based pop-up vaccination sites are coming online over the next week at houses of worship, community centers and local businesses. These sites are expected to vaccinate more than 4,200 people throughout the week. On March 17, Governor Cuomo announced appointments were available at ten new state-run mass vaccination sites across the state.
The Governor previously encouraged religious leaders of all faiths to partner with the state to establish pop-up vaccination sites at their facilities, and since March 8, over 200 new houses of worship have signed up to serve their communities. Houses of worship of all faiths are eligible to serve as points of distribution for the COVID vaccine. Interested medical providers and houses of worship can sign up here.