(NYC Trend) — The largest Bronx housing cooperative, referred to oftentimes as Co-op City, is home to approximately 36,000 residents, and it just became a designated COVID vaccination site on Thursday, March 4, with regular hours of operation from 8 AM to 7 PM daily.
The decision to bring vaccinations to a specifically appointed location in the northern borough was due to the fact that the Bronx has been one of the hardest-hit areas of the city throughout the pandemic. Since the beginning of the spread, Bronx residents have been twice as likely to succumb to COVID.
Dr. Neil Calman, the acting president of the Institute for Family Health, says the reason for this is evident in history:
“If you have a background of inequality, whether it’s social determinants, access to health care, or anything else, and you throw a virus on top of that, what you’re going to get is exactly what we have, which is people who start out poorer and sicker and are going to get sicker.”
Because of the high death tolls, Mayor Bill de Blasio stressed the need to bring vaccinations to the people who were most in need rather than having them travel.
“Communities felt deep, deep losses from the coronavirus in the Bronx. The Bronx is too often overlooked. We can’t let that happen. So, we’re going to bring the vaccine to the people of the Bronx, to the people of Co-Op City.”
Another big issue from the start was that testing sites were out-of-reach for Bronx residents, which caused the virus to spread at a more rapid rate. In an area, like the Bronx, where many people live in close-quartered public housing, the spread is even more heightened.
The goal for this testing site is to get 1,000 people a day vaccinated and set up more sites around the borough in order to get the resident the treatment and care that they deserve.