Co-Op City In The Bronx To Get Dedicated COVID-19 Vaccination Site


The Bronx’s largest housing cooperative — typically referred to as the nation’s greatest naturally occurring retirement neighborhood — will host a devoted COVID-19 clinic web site this week, Mayor Invoice de Blasio introduced on Tuesday.

The vaccination web site at Co-Op Metropolis, which has about 36,000 residents in 15,372 models, will begin working Thursday, de Blasio stated at a press briefing Tuesday. Subsequent week, the positioning on the auditorium at 131 Dreiser Loop will function Mondays by Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Inquiries to Metropolis Corridor in regards to the variety of obtainable doses weren’t instantly answered.

“The Bronx has been very onerous hit by the COVID disaster. Hospitals within the Bronx had been amongst the toughest hit in the whole metropolis,” de Blasio stated. “Communities felt deep, deep losses from the coronavirus within the Bronx. The Bronx is just too typically ignored. We will not let that occur. So, we’ll convey the vaccine to the individuals of the Bronx, to the individuals of Co-Op Metropolis.”

The Bronx is the least vaccinated borough in New York Metropolis, with about 241,000 photographs given to date. That’s about half the quantity given in Manhattan, regardless that the 2 have similar-sized populations. About 8% of Co-Op metropolis’s residents have been totally vaccinated to date in line with the town’s information, however an estimated 8,000 residents over the age of 65 dwell within the neighborhood.

The Co-Op Metropolis web site joins Yankee Stadium as one of many large-scale vaccination websites within the Bronx, which leads the town in COVID-19 positivity charges.

The brand new web site can even serve residents in Wakefield and Edenwald, in line with U.S. Consultant Jamaal Bowman, who represents components of the Bronx. He thanked de Blasio for responding rapidly to his request for a vaccination web site within the north Bronx. “Whereas the numbers throughout the town and throughout the state have gone down, the numbers stay excessive — means too excessive — on this space of the Bronx,” Bowman stated on the press briefing.

Final week, Bowman and Senator Chuck Schumer wrote a letter to President Joe Biden requesting further help for the north Bronx because the Yankee Stadium web site might take as much as two hours to achieve through subway and bus transfers.

“One out of each 13 residents within the Co-op Metropolis/Edenwald/Wakefield space had been identified with COVID-19 during the last yr, and a staggering 411 individuals residing there have misplaced their lives to this lethal virus,” the letter stated. “The every day case charge stays greater than that of New York Metropolis at giant, and the dying charge of 505 individuals per 100,000 is among the many highest within the nation. In these neighborhoods, 90 p.c of residents are individuals of shade, and one in 4 residents are aged. The affect of COVID-19 right here highlights the disproportionate hurt that the virus has had on communities of shade and the aged, and emphasizes the significance of swift motion on this area to beat this virus.”

The town reported a 6.09% seven-day common positivity charge on Tuesday.

The Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine shipments will begin arriving this week, although Well being Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi stated preliminary provide will probably be “fairly restricted.”

“It is going to be about 70,000 doses which might be obtainable for us over the primary two-week interval in March,” Chokshi stated at Tuesday’s press briefing. “It can stay fairly restricted, we perceive, by the center of March earlier than choosing up considerably we hope by the top of the month.”

De Blasio urged residents to take any vaccine they’re provided, and stated he himself will obtain the Johnson & Johnson vaccine: “I plan on getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. I wish to present individuals it is the best alternative, and I for one look ahead to solely getting one shot quite than two,” de Blasio stated.

“It would not matter whether or not you get Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer or Moderna, the outcomes are completely clear — when you get vaccinated and also you wait just a few weeks on your physique to construct up that system, there are mainly near zero hospitalizations and completely zero deaths,” added Dr. Jay Varma, the mayor’s senior public well being advisor. “So what we have to do about this virus is cease it from making individuals severely unwell, cease it from overriding our well being system, cease it from killing individuals, and all three vaccines try this equally.”