MANHATTAN – Though there are no cases of the new Covid-19 Omicron variant identified yet in New York City, the City’s Health Commissioner is now asking New Yorkers to mask-up once again when indoors. This comes as an Upper East Side non-profit teams up with doctors to host community vaccination event this weekend.
The Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, on East 93rd Street, is partnering with New York Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine to offer free vaccinations to those in the community who still haven’t received their first shot— and those seeking a vaccine booster.
This Saturday, December 4th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, you can get your shot of either the Pfizer or Moderna Covid-19 vaccines— or you can receive your booster shot, if you’re 18 or older and it’s been six months from your second vaccine dose.
If you’re hesitant about getting the vaccine for yourself, or children, NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi says there’s no time to waste.
“Get your first dose, second dose or booster TODAY,” Dr. Chokshi wrote on Twitter Monday.
“Parents, please get your child vaccinated as soon as possible [because] cases have been rising among our youngest New Yorkers in recent weeks,” he added.
Due to the looming threat the new Omicron variant could pose, Dr. Chokshi said New Yorkers should mask-up when they’re indoors regardless of vaccination status— but he stopped short of issuing a mandate.
“We do anticipate detecting Omicron in the coming days, based on what we know about its global spread,” the Health Commissioner wrote.
“I am issuing a Commissioner’s Advisory STRONGLY recommending that all New Yorkers wear a mask AT ALL TIMES when indoors and in a public setting.”
Dr. Chokshi made no mention of indoor dining— or the potential danger it could pose once Omicron is detected in NYC.
Registration in advance is required for Saturday’s community vaccination event at the Issacs Center— you can sign up here— or call 212-360-7620 and ask for Bonnie or Justina.