NYC launches mobile vaccine buses; expands walk-in option for residents 75 and older

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NEW YORK — New York City announced the launch of mobile vaccine buses as the city continues to work and get more residents vaccinated.

The mobile buses can administer between 150 to 200 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine a day and will focus on getting the city’s most vulnerable residents vaccinated.

“It’s going to be a gamechanger,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday. 

The first week of the mobile vaccine buses will focus on restaurant and delivery workers, the mayor said.

The bus is scheduled to be stationed in Sunset Park on Wednesday and on-site workers speaking multiple languages, including Mandarin, Spanish and Cantonese, will be available, according to head of the Test and Trace Corps, Dr. Ted Long.

Dr. Long gave a tour of what the mobile vaccine bus would look like during the mayor’s Tuesday press briefing. The mobile vaccination effort will include a fleet of vaccine vehicles, including vans and buses equipped with four to six vaccinators each, delivering the COVID-19 vaccine directly to communities most in need

“New York City’s vaccine effort is truly on the move,” he said. 

Vans will have live interpretation on site and vaccine materials in 12 languages.

Restaurant workers and restaurant delivery workers can schedule appointments by emailing vaccbus@roarnewyork.org, or by calling 1-833-ROAR-NYC (1-833-762-7692). Details about additional mobile vaccine sites, including hours and days of operation, will be announced in the coming weeks.

The city has administered a total of 4,601,756 doses as of Tuesday morning.

The mayor also announced the city is expanding its vaccine walk-up appointment pilot for seniors ages 75 and older from three sites to 25 beginning this week:

Additional, site specific information can be found on nyc.gov/vaccinefinder:

Brooklyn

  1. Bushwick Educational Campus
  2. Canarsie HS
  3. Brooklyn Army Terminal 
  4. Starrett City – Spring Creek Towers 
  5. Teachers Prep 
  6. Flatbush YMCA
  7. City Point            
  8. Coney Island YMCA (opens 4/8)

Bronx

  1. South Bronx Educational Campus
  2. Bronx High School of Science
  3. Co-Op City
  4. Bathgate
  5. West Bronx Gymnasium

Queens

  1. Beach Channel Educational Campus
  2. Long Island City
  3. Korean Community Services
  4. CitiField
  5. Martin Van Buren Highschool

Staten Island

  1. Ocean Breeze Athletic 
  2. Empire Outlets

Manhattan

  1. Essex Crossing
  2. City College 
  3. Abyssinian Baptist Church
  4. Ford Foundation (opens 4/7)
  5. Yeshiva University (opens 4/7)
  6. Fulton Community Center (opens 4/7)

As of Tuesday, New Yorkers ages 16 and older are eligible for the vaccine.

Teens aged 16 and 17 will be limited to receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, since that is the only one that has been authorized for use by people under 18. They must also be accompanied by a parent or guardian to get the vaccine.

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