Mayor de Blasio Thanks SOMOS For Critical Role In Testing Efforts And More

During a week in which hundreds of frontline SOMOS physicians and healthcare workers received the Moderna vaccine on-camera to urge equity & participation.

Mayor de Blasio spoke to the public today on SOMOS’s growing involvement in vaccine distribution plans and the opening of five new city workforce vaccine sites, three of which will be staffed by SOMOS doctors.



“I want to thank everyone who’s helping to build this up and a particular thanks today to everyone at SOMOS, an amazing network of community-based healthcare providers. They have played a crucial role in all of our efforts – our testing efforts in communities and schools. They’re going to play a big role in our vaccination efforts. They are going to be helping to staff the sites in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan focused on our essential workers and city workers. I want to say thanks to Dr. Ramon Tallaj and Dr. Henry Chen of SOMOS, two great leaders. Thank you for all you’ve done throughout this crisis, and thanks to your whole team. It’s about 2500 primary care doctors and their teams all over neighborhoods of New York City. So, thanks to everyone at SOMOS, and we’re going to need you once again. And I want to urge everyone who works in the SOMOS network, you’re obviously qualified under 1a – let’s get all of you vaccinated this weekend as well, while you’re helping so many other people,” said Mayor de Blasio.

SOMOS doctors and health care workers have been on the frontlines since March – testing over 500,000 New Yorkers and providing culturally competent care in the hardest-hit communities of color in NYC and nationally and are now testing in over 400 NYC public schools.

SOMOS, a network of over 2,500 doctors have expressed that as soon as they are vaccinated themselves and receive supply, they can immunize over 1 million New Yorkers in the coming months.

The network provides a national model for equitable vaccine distribution as they work within their own patient populations and serve on Governor Cuomo’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and Implementation Task Force and Vaccine Equity Task Force.

SOMOS will be staffing the following city workforce vaccine sites:

  • Bronx: X410 Taft High School
  • Brooklyn: George Wingate High School
  • Manhattan: Brandeis High School

You can find the Mayor’s recorded press conference here and navigate to 14:55 to hear his remarks on SOMOS.

SOMOS and SOMOS US form the foundation of an innovative, value-based care network of over 2,500 diverse physicians and health care providers serving nearly 1 million people in New York City.

SOMOS and SOMOS US form the foundation of an innovative, value-based care network of over 2,500 diverse physicians and health care providers serving nearly 1 million people in New York City.

SOMOS has created a new model of quality healthcare on behalf of the most underserved communities of the United States, a model based on cultural competency, increased access, and the ability of community-based medicine to successfully address the social determinants of health.

SOMOS is the shared vision of Dr. Ramon Tallaj and Henry R. Muñoz, III, a doctor, and a designer, working together to create institutional change.v

This year, SOMOS doctors and healthcare workers have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis since our Latino and Asian doctors working in the neighborhoods of New York saw the escalating illness and mortality rates in the inner city.

SOMOS established over 60 trilingual testing sites, in New York, Florida, Texas, and Georgia, and is providing treatment, health education, and millions of meals to those who need to care the most.

SOMOS commissioned the first national polling data on the impact of this pandemic on the health, economic, and educational wellbeing of the Latino Community in the United States.

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