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NYC Health + Hospitals Marks Year Anniversary of Its Covid-19 Vaccine Effort: Nearly 1.5M Covid-19 Vaccine Doses Administered

City's public health care system and NYC Test & Trace Corps delivered over 1.47 million doses of the life-saving vaccine to New Yorkers who are at least five years of age

Amid the increase in positivity across the city, NYC Health + Hospitals urges all New Yorkers to get vaccinated or boosted

Dec 21, 2021

New York, NY

NYC Health + Hospitals today marked the first year of its COVID-19 vaccine effort city-wide, as it nears 1.5 million doses administered. The first doses in 2020 were administered at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst to employees William Kelly and Veronica Delgado. Since then, the City’s public health care system and NYC Test & Trace Corps have administered over 1.47 million doses of the life-saving vaccine to New Yorkers who are at least five years of age. The one-year vaccine anniversary comes as New York City health officials continue to urge those who remain unvaccinated, or those who have yet to receive their booster shot, to do so to continue to reduce potential illness from COVID-19. New Yorkers should go here to make a vaccine or booster appointment.

“I’m proud of all of the tremendous life-saving work our public health system has provided to New Yorkers during this horrible pandemic, but celebrating one-year of providing vaccines against this virus is truly remarkable,” said NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz, MD. “We could not have achieved nearly 1.5 million doses without the support of our incredible workforce at every level of the process – from registrars, to nurses, our pharmacists, and so many more.”

“NYC Health + Hospitals Pharmacy and Operations teams were at the ready to help administer millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses across the five boroughs this past year,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Senior Vice President of Business Operations and Chief Pharmacy Officer Danielle DiBari, Pharm.D. “From building capacity with the appropriate storage mechanisms, developing plans for administering the vaccines to each eligible group, addressing supply and demand, and more, our group of experts played a critical role in saving people’s lives and making our City safer to reopen through vaccines.”

“Our mobile vaccination teams have brought the life-saving COVID vaccines to readily accessible locations in communities hardest hit by the pandemic, directly to the homes of the most vulnerable New Yorkers—and to those without homes through our Street Health Outreach + Wellness (SHOW) program—and to New York’s youngest school-age children at every city public school,” said Senior Vice President of Ambulatory Care and Population Health at New York City Health + Hospitals and NYC Test & Trace Corps Executive Director Dr. Ted Long. “I am enormously grateful for our staff who have worked tirelessly to make this historic mobilization possible and inspired by what our city’s public health system has accomplished to keep New Yorkers safe.”

NYC Health + Hospitals has supported the City’s COVID-19 vaccine operations since December 2020, being among the first hospital systems in NYC to administer doses to hospital workers and the elderly populations. Since, the public health system has been at the forefront vaccinating the general public, children 12 years and older, and – most recently – children at least five years of age. You can watch clips of these milestones here.

To find your nearest COVID-19 vaccine site, call 844-NYC-4NYC or visit /covid-19-vaccines/.