Somos Community Care Statement FDA Approval Of Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Shot For Ages 12 And Up

January 3, 2022

Today, in response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot for ages 12 and up.

Dr. Ramon Tallaj, Chairman and Founder of SOMOS Community Care, NYC’s leading physician-led network of 2,800 diverse community doctors, issued the following statement:

“As the highly contagious Omicron variant circulates, families return from their holiday travels, and students return to schools, we must move swiftly to act on the FDA’s approval of the Pfizer booster for ages 12 and up. Children are being hospitalized for COVID-19 in record numbers, and as a network of diverse pediatricians treating children living in low-income, immigrant communities of color that have borne the brunt of gaps in health care systems, we recognize the urgency to protect our neighborhoods and all eligible New Yorkers as soon as we can. The Vaccine of Hope remains our best tool in preventing severe illness and death. We stand ready to work with our partners at all levels of the government in encouraging New Yorkers as young as 12 to get vaccinated and boosted as soon as possible.”

Since the pandemic’s start, SOMOS Community Care – NYC’s leading network of Black, Latino, and Asian community doctors – has been at the forefront of the COVID-19 response in New York and beyond.

SOMOS’s 2,800 physicians have administered over 1.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at sites ranging from landmarks like Yankee Stadium, Grand Central Terminal, and the Bronx Zoo to doctors’ offices, churches, schools, and public housing developments.

SOMOS Community Care

SOMOS Community Care is an innovative, value-based care network of over 2,800 diverse physicians and health care providers serving nearly 1 million people in New York City.

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SOMOS has created a new model of quality, preventative health care 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.

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