Secretary Becerra, Commissioner Vasan, Federal, City Health Partners Push NYC Adults To Get New Improved Booster Shot

September 17, 2022

US Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra is in NYC Monday and will join Dr. Ramon Tallaj, Chairman of the SOMOS Network.

In addition, to national Latino advocate Henry R. Munoz, III, local elected leaders, and community doctors at an Upper Manhattan clinic as families receive boosters and vaccines to urge all generations of NYC families to get their whole family vaccinated and fully boosted, with a focus on lower-income communities of color.

SOMOS has been able to reach the underserved in New York City and around the country via a unique design of a social health network intended to create equity and access for the working poor and people of color with the expertise of diverse family doctors.

This updated booster will provide even more protection to NYC families because it has been updated to match COVID variants that are currently dominant, as well as the original COVID-19 strain.


Secretary Becerra and Dr. Ashwin Vasan, NYC Health Commissioner, will get their booster shots publicly to encourage the multi-generations of families to get vaccinated.

Shots will be administered by SOMOS Chief Medical Officer and physician, Dr. Yomaris Pena.

There is still work to be done among the youngest New Yorkers: According to recent NYC DOH city-wide vaccine data, less than 2% of Black and 3% of Latino children under 5 years old have received only one dose of the COVID vaccine.


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The stark contrast in vaccine rates within a single family has intensified the vulnerabilities in New York City’s poorer communities. Here’s a quick overview of their vaccination rates (at least 1 dose) broken down by age:

  • 5-12 years: Black 44%, Latino 55%
  • 13-17 years: Black 73%, Latino 95%
  • 18-44 years: Black 72%, Latino 99%
  • 45-64 years: Black 77%, Latino 97%

The disparity among the youngest New Yorkers is sparking public concern as children return to daycares and classrooms and return home to more vulnerable and high-risk family members.

SOMOS 

SOMOS Community Care – a nonprofit network of over 3,000 doctors serving nearly a million patients from lower-income communities of color – has led the way in providing access to COVID vaccinations for all ages in communities of color, most recently teaming with Governor Hochul in the #VaxtoSchool campaign.

Monday, September 19, 2022, at 9:00 am pediatric 2000: 3332 Broadway (corner of 135th Street), New York, NY

Secretary Xavier Becerra, Dr. Ramon Tallaj, Henry R. Munoz, III, Dr. Juan Tapia Mendoza, elected leaders, and grandparents, parents & kids from the community

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