Free vaccinations for NYC’s older adults through mobile vans

The seniors will not be asked about their immigration status. Photo: Unsplash

The New York City Department for the Aging has announced that select reopened senior centers will host mobile vaccine vans through August as part of the City’s ongoing efforts to reach the estimated 25% of older New Yorkers who remain unvaccinated. 

Vaccinations at mobile sites are free for all New Yorkers over the age of 12, and do not require an appointment. With the ongoing threat of the Delta variant and uptick of COVID-19 hospitalizations among unvaccinated people, City health officials are urging all unvaccinated New Yorkers, especially older adults who are most vulnerable to severe illness, to get their safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.

“Even as the City continues to reopen, the pandemic is still not over. Many barriers to vaccination have already been addressed. Vaccine information, support, and access are widely available to all New Yorkers,” said Commissioner Cortés-Vázquez. “It is now up to each of us to do our part to keep ourselves and our loved ones protected and safe. I got vaccinated for my 92-year-old mother. Who will you do it for?”

Through August, mobile vaccine sites will visit different senior centers across the city every week and operate on location for several days (full schedule below). Mobile sites may offer the Pfizer and J&J vaccines. Staff will assist patients with booking their second dose appointment at standing city sites for those who chose the Pfizer vaccine. In the last month, mobile vaccine vans and buses have visited 18 senior centers, helping vaccinate nearly 600 individuals.

“The COVID-19 vaccines are life-saving and the most important tool we have to protect New Yorkers from avoidable suffering,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Dave A. Chokshi. “The mobile vaccine vans for senior centers are another way the City is bringing the vaccine to New Yorkers.”

This initiative follows other continuous vaccination outreach efforts for older New Yorkers, which have included over 11,000 free rides to vaccination sites, and over 18,500 vaccine doses administered through the City’s in-home vaccination program.

“Getting vaccinated is the most effective way New Yorkers can protect their health and their loved ones. It’s easy, you will not be asked about your immigration status, and you can use your IDNYC to get the vaccine,” said Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Raquel Batista. “Mobile COVID-19 vaccine vans have made it possible to bring vaccines directly into hubs in every corner of our city. We applaud this effort to make vaccines even more accessible to and convenient for older New Yorkers.”

Schedule for mobile sites for July and August 

Dates: 7/21-7/23    

Hope Gardens Multi-Service Neighborhood Senior Center

8am to 6pm    

195 Linden Street, Brooklyn 11221 

CCNS Catherine Sheridan Neighborhood Senior Center

8am to 6pm                

35-24 83rd Street Queens 11372

Lenox Hill Innovative Senior Center

8am to 6pm                

343 East 70th Street Manhattan 10021

Dates: 7/28-7/30

Marine Park Active Adults Neighborhood Senior Center


3000 Fillmore Avenue, Brooklyn 11234

CPC Project Open Dorr Neighborhood Senior Center


168 Grand Street, Manhattan 10013

Dates: 8/4-8/6

Encore Neighborhood Senior Center


239 West 49th Street, Manhattan 10019

Riverstone Senior Life Neighborhood Senior Center


99 Fort Washington Avenue, Manhattan 10032

CPC Nan Shan Neighborhood Senior Center


133-14 41st Avenue, Queens 11355

Dates: 8/11-8/13

BronxWorks Innovative Senior Center


80 East 181st Street, Bronx 10453

Samuel Field Neighborhood Senior Center


58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Queens 11362

Council Center for Senior Citizens Neighborhood Senior Center


1001 Quentin Road, Brooklyn 11223

Dates: 8/18-8/20

Anderson Neighborhood Senior Center


120 Anderson Avenue, Staten Island 10302

Sunnyside Community Neighborhood Senior Center


43-31 39th Street, Queens 11104

Hamilton-Madison House


50 Madison Street, Manhattan 10038

Rochdale Neighborhood Senior Center


169-65 137th Avenue, Queens 10032

Dates: 8/25-8/27

Bethune Neighborhood Senior Center


1970 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan 10032

Florence E. Smith Neighborhood Senior Center


102-19 34th Avenue, Queens 11368

William Hodson Neighborhood Senior Center


1320 Webster Avenue, Bronx 10456

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