Municipal Health Bureau plans to launch 4 million yuan”vaccineFairness” project, which aims to provide someLow incomeCommunities allocate more COVID-19 vaccine resources. In,New York CityAlthough the three major Chinese districts are not included in the scope of aid, places such as East Harlem in Manhattan, Long Island City and Sunnyside in Queens, which have large Chinese populations, are on the list.
This $4 million funding will be allocated to 18 non-profit organizations to help them purchase enough COVID-19 vaccines to provide free administration to the community. According to a proposal released by the Public Health Fund of the Health Department, a part of the money will also be used for community education, commonly known as “Long COVID”.
More than 81,000 people have died from the new coronavirus in New York state since the outbreak, data shows, and vaccination is a key means of mitigating its health impacts. By August this year, 81% of the city’s residents had completed the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, while in 30 key communities selected in the “vaccine equity” plan, the figure was only 78%.
The tender proposal said low vaccination rates could lead to a “prolonged COVID” response to the virus, especially as new variants emerge. Therefore, reducing barriers to vaccination in minority or low-income communities is important to reduce the harm of coronavirus.
At present, the bidding process for the allocation of funds of 4 million yuan is ongoing, and the Health Bureau hopes to complete the bidding before the beginning of January next year. As per the requirements of the bid proposal, the fund allocation method will be a reimbursement system. Institutions willing to participate in the project will have to complete a variety of vaccine promotion activities before June next year and report progress to the Health Bureau every month. Only when everything meets the requirements can full reimbursement be achieved.
In addition to low-income communities, there are some white and Orthodox Jewish communities in New York City that have low vaccination rates for various reasons, including Borough Park, Bensonhurst, and Central Park, Midwood and other locations in Brooklyn. The health bureau said it has focused on promoting the vaccine in these communities first.
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