To help increase vaccination rates in underserved communities, New York City will now offer financial incentives to those who get their first COVID-19 vaccine shot at a SOMOS-powered vaccine site.
New Yorkers vaccinated at one of 2,800 SOMOS doctor’s offices across the five boroughs are eligible for the $ 100 vaccine incentive most recently offered to children ages 5 to 11, and anyone receiving their first dose in a city-run place. since late July, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday.
Officials say an extension of the incentive to SOMOS locations, which are concentrated in communities such as Washington Heights, South Bronx, Corona, Flushing and Sunset Park, will increase vaccination among colored communities.
“Now the way to do this has always been to go out to the people, to focus on the grassroots, to have a fair, equitable distribution of vaccine, to go to the people. And it has worked,” de Blasio said. “And part of the reason it has worked is that we found community-based partners who were passionate about the work, who had incredible networks, who reached out to people who spoke their language, who had their trust.”
As of Tuesday, 88% of all adults in New York City have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to city data. The breed / ethnic groups with the lowest vaccination rate are black New Yorkers (62%) followed by white residents (62%).
In the city’s Hispanic / Latino category, which includes people of any race, the number of them with at least one dose is 82%. Asian / Native Hawaiians or other New Yorkers from the Pacific Islands and Native Americans have the highest inoculation rates, 97% and 99%, respectively, according to the city.
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