NYC Health + Hospitals and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) Commissioner Manuel Castro have announced that its vaccine outreach program has reached over 50,000 immigrant New Yorkers across the city.
As of April 2022, 97% of adult New Yorkers 18 and over have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, but only 44% have received a booster dose. Among Latinx and Black New Yorkers, 27% and 25%, respectively, have received a booster dose. The booster dose provides important protection against the Omicron variant and its subvariant BA.2.
The targeted outreach effort was originally launched in October 2021 to reach undocumented New Yorkers who live outside of the 33 neighborhoods identified by the NYC Taskforce on Racial Inclusion and Equity as hardest hit by COVID-19.