Monday, November 14 at 2pm at NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens

(November 11, 2022 at 10:30am)

QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. and NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Commissioner Ashwin Vasan will host a press conference on Monday, November 14 at 2pm at NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens to promote the critical importance of COVID-19 booster and flu shots ahead of the holiday season and a possible winter surge in cases of both viruses.

The officials will also call attention to lower-than-average COVID-19 booster dose rates across Queens and encourage residents of those communities to get boosted. While 87 percent of Queens residents have completed their primary vaccination series, the highest rate in the city, only 44 percent of residents have gotten at least one additional booster dose, according to DOHMH data. Furthermore, two dozen Queens ZIP codes — mainly in southeast, southwest and central Queens — currently have booster dose rates of less than 40 percent.

“As millions of New Yorkers prepare to travel for the holidays and enjoy quality time with friends and family, we cannot overlook the threats that both COVID-19 and the flu still present. If you haven’t yet done so, please get your COVID booster and flu shot before you gather with your loved ones so we can keep our borough safe,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “We must do everything we can to prevent a second straight winter spike in COVID-19 cases, and with the full availability of booster shots, we have the power to do so now more than ever. Only when we’re healthy can we truly build back better here in Queens and our city.”

Members of the media who wish to attend the press conference are asked to RSVP by emailing [email protected] or calling 718-286-2640.

WHAT:         Borough President Richards, DOHMH Commissioner Vasan Host COVID-19 Booster and Flu Shot Press Conference

WHEN:         Monday, November 14 at 2pm

WHERE:       NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens, 82-68 164th Street in Jamaica

WHO:           DONOVAN RICHARDS JR., Queens Borough President

                     ASHWIN VASAN, DOHMH Commissioner

                     NEIL MOORE, CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens

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