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It’s time to explain long Covid-19 testing and vaccine lines to angry New Yorkers

On a recent rainy day at our popup vaccination and testing van in Queens Village, dozens of New Yorkers grew angrier by the minute, or sometimes hours, standing in line. Arguments erupted between those waiting and those working. People accused each other of cutting in line or lying about holding a space for someone. Folks…

How to talk about Covid

Covid-19 levels are basically back to what they were pre-vaccine in many parts of the country, with hospitals again reaching capacity. Many people who were vaccine hesitant have come around since the FDA’s approval of Pfizer, but last week we heard from a handful of New Yorkers who remain staunchly anti-vax.There’s a lot of information — and misinformation — out there on Covid-19.…

Why the vaccine hesitant are getting vaccinated

Starting today, New York City will be implementing its “Key to NYC” vaccine mandate, under which New Yorkers will have to show proof of vaccination in order to go into restaurants, entertainment venues and gyms. Employees of those businesses will need to be vaccinated as well. Around 56% of New York City residents are fully…

How to run a mobile vaccine clinic

Text and photos by Katherine Tam As more employers and schools including NYC, CUNY, NYU and U.S. Veterans Affairs medical centers announce vaccination mandates, the city continues to send out mobile vaccination clinics in a race against Covid-19’s Delta variant which is now rapidly spreading among the unvaccinated.   This past weekend, a city mobile vaccination…

4 reasons people refuse the Covid vaccine

By S. Mitra Kalita   One of the doctors who has been invaluable to Epicenter’s vaccine efforts is Mark Horowitz, a family doctor in downtown Manhattan. On Monday, as I was on The Brian Lehrer Show talking about the disconcerting uptick in Covid cases, notably in undervaccinated neighborhoods, he called in.  The people who are…

The people getting vaccinated now tell us what took so long

  By Katherine Tam   “Do you trust God?” the speaker asked, trying to convince the audience at the outdoor Juneteenth celebration to go inside into the church’s gym to get vaccinated. For the past few months, Community Healthcare Network (CHN) has been running a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the New Jerusalem Worship Center…

We need more arms for shots so we’re throwing a summer-long party called VaxFest

  By Elena Tate   For months, Epicenter-NYC faced the challenge of demand for Covid-19 vaccines far exceeding supply. Hundreds of people per day were signing up for help and volunteers scrambled to find them appointments. Seemingly overnight, things changed; appointments are plenty. Now the challenge is reaching the people who are still in need,…

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