NEW YORK MAGAZINE
New York State has recently eased COVID-19 restrictions after achieving its goal of vaccinating 70% of adults with at least one dose. However, concerns remain due to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, especially in areas with lagging vaccination rates, such as some neighborhoods in New York City. Minority communities, including Black and Hispanic populations, are experiencing lower vaccination rates compared to their white and Asian counterparts.
To address this disparity, organizations like the Bronx Rising Initiative have been working to bring vaccinations directly to underserved communities. They have set up vaccination sites in various community locations to improve access for those facing transportation and time constraints. The initiative employs outreach workers from the community, aiming to establish trust and credibility among the residents and encourage vaccination.
While the state has lifted many restrictions, the Delta variant’s high transmissibility poses a significant threat, especially to those partially vaccinated. Only 47% of New Yorkers are fully vaccinated, and the rates are even lower among Black and Hispanic populations. Community organizers stress the importance of continuing education and outreach efforts to increase vaccination rates and protect vulnerable communities effectively.
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