03.11.21

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES ‘VACCINE SUPERCHARGE’: HUGE INFLUX OF ADDITIONAL VACCINES ARE ON THE WAY TO NY VIA MASSIVE EXPANSION OF MORE THAN 100 NEW, FEDERAL VAX SITES ACROSS STATE; NEW YORK’S COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS WILL LEAD NEW EFFORT TO EXPAND VAX ACCESS & GET MORE SHOTS INTO MORE ARMS

With Schumer Announcement, Community Health Centers Set To Become Federally-Funded Vax Sites & Get Their Own Shipment Of COVID Vaccines 

Schumer Says This Is Just The Start Of A Massive, New Federal Vaccine Distribution Campaign; Billions Schumer Just Secured In Recently-Passed American Rescue Plan Will Deliver Even More For NY In Coming Months

Schumer: MORE Help Is On The Way For New Yorkers Who Want A COVID Vaccine, With Extra Focus on Underserved and Minority Communities

Announcing a brand new ‘vaccine supercharge’ for New York, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer said, today, that a huge influx of COVID vaccines from the federal government are on the way, along with a massive expansion of federally-funded vaccine sites (more than 100 across New York) that will utilize New York’s existing Community Health Centers (CHCs) to help get them into arms.  

“The people of New York have had a tough, tough year amid the pandemic but the light at the end of the tunnel has always been centered on access to a free vaccine for all New Yorkers, and the good news is: lots of New Yorkers want a vaccine,” said Senator Schumer. “Now, the better news is: more vaccines and better access to vaccine sites are on the way via a supercharge effort that will utilize New York’s Community Health Centers (CHC) as federally-funded vaccine sites to get more shots into more arms.”

“More access and more shots means a quicker recovery, and that’s what we want,” he said.  

These CHC sites will be federally-funded and organized by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an effort to expand the CHC vaccine program, which works to increase vaccine availability and access in underserved and minority communities where access to vaccines has been a major challenge.

“Remember, one of the biggest issues with getting people vaccinated has been access,” added Schumer. “Especially in our underserved and disadvantaged communities. We’ve heard numerous stories of people having to travel way too far to get a vaccine, hampering our ability to recover from the pandemic and return to ‘normal.’ With this announcement of more vaccines and the sites poised to open up, New York is positioned to get more shots in arms, especially in areas where COVID has hit the hardest.”

The program and sites will be funded by nearly $32 billion that Schumer secured for vaccine distribution, procurement and administration in the December relief bill. All the CHC sites are eligible to become vaccine administration sites, but must elect to participate in the program and receive the vaccines from New York’s Community Health Center parent organizations, who will determine which sites will get vaccines.

The vaccines these health centers receive will be sent directly from the federal government to the CHCs and be in addition to the weekly vaccine allocation sent to New York State; exact allocation numbers will be announced in the coming days as CHCs across the state formally agree to participate in the program.

One-in-nine New Yorkers receive care at a Community Health Center, which guarantee access to care for the most vulnerable New Yorkers. Of those New Yorkers that receive care at CHCs, 89% are low income and 71% are people of color, making this initiative the largest effort to date to address the problem of slow vaccine distribution in minority communities. Black New Yorkers have received 8% of vaccines thus far, despite having 23% of deaths and making up 16% of the total population, Hispanic New Yorkers have received 9% of vaccines, despite having 23% of deaths and making up 19% of the total population.

Schumer’s announcement comes on the heels of delivering the second largest stimulus bill in the nation’s history – to the tune of $100 billion for New York state’s workers and families – via the American Rescue Plan, which he led to passage in the Senate and was just signed by President Biden.

New York’s new vaccine sites will be part of approximately 700 CHC parent organizations and 4000 individual CHC sites nationally that are eligible to become vaccine administration sites. As this information is breaking, a list of all the CHCs in New York that are eligible is forthcoming. New York’s 70-plus CHCs provide care for New Yorkers at more than 800 locations across the state. CHCs are a “one-stop shop” for health care, providing high quality primary and preventive care and support services to all New Yorkers, regardless of their immigration status, insurance coverage, or ability to pay. Each CHC has a Board of Directors comprised primarily of people who live in the communities they serve, according to the Community Heath Care Association of New York.  

Below is the list of newly eligible Community Health Center Systems across New York State that operate over 200 eligible sites:

ORGANIZATION

HEADQUARTER  LOCATION

Morris Heights Health Center, Inc.

Bronx

East Harlem Council For Human Services, Inc.

New York

Montefiore Medical Center

Bronx

Settlement Health And Medical Services, Inc.

New York

Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center, Inc., The

Brooklyn

Community Health Center Of Buffalo, Inc.

Buffalo

North Country Family Health Center, Inc.

Watertown

La Casa De Salud Inc.

Bronx

Union Community Health Center, Inc.

Bronx

New York City Health And Hospitals Corporation

New York

Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center, Inc.

Mount Vernon

Community Health Center Of Richmond, Inc.

Staten Island

Heritage Health And Housing, Inc.

New York

Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center

Brooklyn

Under 21

New York

Upper Room Aids Ministry, Inc.: Adult Day Health Care Center

New York

Care For The Homeless

New York

Betances Health Center

New York

Vocational Instruction Project Community Services, Inc.

Bronx

Beacon Christian Community Health Center

Staten Island

Anthony L. Jordan Health Corporation

Rochester

Hudson Headwaters Health Network

Queensbury

Housing Works Health Services Iii, Inc.

Brooklyn

Refuah Health Center, Inc.

New Square

Damian Family Care Centers, Inc.

Jamaica

Healthcare Choices NY, Inc.

Brooklyn

Schenectady Family Health Services, Inc

Schenectady

Oak Orchard Community Health Center, Inc.

Brockport

Syracuse Community Health Center, Inc.

Syracuse

Community Health Initiatives Inc.

Brooklyn

Oda Primary Health Care Center, Inc.

Brooklyn

Ezra Medical Center

Brooklyn

Community Medical And Dental Care, Inc

Monsey

Community Health Project, Inc.

New York

East Hill Family Medical Inc

Auburn


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