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There’s (another) new variant. Here’s what a doctor has to say.

Another year, another variant. As Covid-19 cases rise in New York City once again, many New Yorkers are left with questions. Reporter Andrea Pineda-Salgado spoke to Dr. Mark Horowitz who has partnered with us and our vaccine efforts about the new variant and what we can do to stay safe. 

We asked Dr. Anthony Fauci how to fix the slow booster rollout

Fauci asks pharmacies “be more flexible in allowing people to more easily get vaccinated…It’s got to be done in a way so that people don’t have to jump through hoops to get a vaccine. We’ve got to make it as easy as possible.”

Bring It To The People

This new documentary, which features our publisher S. Mitra Kalita, and volunteer-turned-staffer Sree Bhagavan, offers a new perspective on Covid-19 vaccinations, underscoring complex issues such as government mistrust, historical medical mistreatment, stigma, misunderstanding, health literacy and lack of resources. The film takes a deep dive into parts of NYC not often represented in media to…

Seniors continue to be the most vulnerable in this new phase of Covid

Food insecurity appears to be gearing up to be the next pandemic, and like with Covid-19, seniors are the most vulnerable population. An increasing number of seniors are lining up at food pantries, hoping a free bag of groceries will help them to save extra money for rent, bills and medication. Epicenter’s community reporter Andrea…

Everyone has Covid … again

Where once Covid-19 seemed like an all-encompassing issue — the specter haunting daily life, at the forefront of every conversation, the first question at every press conference, the issue from which all others flowed to the extent that it prompted the launching of this newsletter — it has slowly but surely receded from this everyday…

Painting with the power to persuade

People have chosen a variety of ways to reach out to their community to encourage them to get vaccinated. Whether it was sharing personal stories, providing a ride or booking an appointment, neighbors have stepped up. Every day, vaccine efforts on the local, state and federal level are inching closer to a fully vaccinated and boosted…

Pediatrician tackles questions related to surge in Covid-19 cases in kids

Over the past couple of weeks, New York State has seen a significant increase in children testing positive for Covid-19. There is usually a spike in positive cases among adults after most holidays, but for the first time notable parallel positive results have been seen in children. Perhaps this increase can also be attributed to…

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…

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