NYC launching door-to-door J&J COVID-19 vaccination effort for seniors

New York Metropolis on Thursday will start a door-to-door effort to inoculate homebound seniors towards COVID-19 with the brand new Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Mayor Invoice de Blasio introduced.

FDNY officers will begin outreach at retirement communities within the Bronx and Brooklyn in an effort to get aged residents the single-dose photographs, de Blasio mentioned at a press briefing.

“We’re going to be utilizing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine instantly to assist homebound seniors,” he mentioned. “We’re going to naturally occurring retirement communities, locations the place numerous seniors dwell — a few of them are homebound and want that assist — actually home by home, condominium by condominium.”

“Proper now outreach is being made, doorways are being knocked on,” he mentioned.

This system will start Thursday at Co-Op Metropolis within the Bronx, then at 500 Bridgewater Courtroom in Brighton Seashore, Brooklyn, on Friday, in response to de Blasio and different metropolis officers.

New York state may also start providing Johnson & Johnson doses at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night time.

An elderly New York woman holds her vaccination card after receiving the Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine on March 3, 2021.
A senior New York girl holds her vaccination card after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on March 3, 2021.
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Roughly 16,000 doses of the single-shot jabs are already “in hand” in New York Metropolis, one other 8,000 are in transit and a complete of 71,000 are anticipated to be delivered throughout the subsequent two weeks, de Blasio mentioned Thursday.

“We’re very pleased to say doses have already arrived and this is essential for our struggle towards the coronavirus,” de Blasio mentioned. “That is going to revolutionize our strategy to getting folks absolutely vaccinated by June … This can be a huge step ahead.”

He added, “The vaccine is quick, it’s free. I look ahead myself to getting a Johnson & Johnson vaccine.”

New York Metropolis has already administered greater than 2.1 million vaccine doses, and a bigger provide of Johnson & Johnson photographs is anticipated to reach in New York Metropolis later within the month, de Blasio mentioned.

Hizzoner’s announcement got here after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was accredited over the weekend, and after President Biden on Tuesday outlined an amped-up federal plan to get sufficient provide for each grownup within the US by the top of Might.