The City opened 24,000 MPV vaccination appointments as of Friday, October 28, as the city begins to transition away from pop-up, mass vaccination sites to existing community care infrastructure. With more than 146,000 first and second doses administered, cases have been in decline for months. In addition, community partners have dramatically reduced the spread through referrals to care, public health messaging, and other successful interventions.
“We have widespread access to MPV vaccination, have slowed transmission dramatically, and have overcome early challenges due to the successful partnership between the City and community members,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan. “Together, the story of this response will ultimately be one of confidence in public health, in the broadest sense, involving a robust collaborative effort between our public sector and community leaders and organizations. We’re grateful for the advocacy by LGBTQ+ New Yorkers as well as the ongoing support and tireless work of all our community partners. We will continue to make vaccines available as widely as possible, so New Yorkers can protect themselves and each other.”