THE Philippine Consulate General in New York has partnered with health authorities in New York City to provide COVID-19 vaccine to Filipinos.
This is part of efforts to get more members of the Filipino Community vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Consul General Elmer G. Cato said.
The vaccination campaign is scheduled on June 11 to 13, 2021 and will be undertaken in partnership with the Office of Ambulatory Care and Population Health of New York City Health + Hospitals (NYC H+H).
“We are doing this to help make sure that we do not get to grieve the way we did last year when we lost more than 150 members of the Filipino Community in New York and surrounding areas to COVID-19,” Cato said.
On Friday and Saturday, June 11 and 12, 2021, a mobile clinic from NYC H+H will be at the corner of 45th Street beside the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to administer the single-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Jansen vaccine to members of the Filipino Community for free.
The mobile clinic on June 13 will move to the Saint Sebastian Church on Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside, New York, to serve members of the Filipino Community there also from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
“We call on members of the Filipino Community to take advantage of this opportunity to protect themselves and others from the virus,” Cato said while assuring undocumented Filipinos there is no need for them to worry about their immigration status.
“Our kababayan will only be asked to present their passport or any other form of identification, their contact number, and date of birth. They will not be asked to give their social security number, proof of citizenship or legal status, or health insurance,” the Consul General said.
The initiative, which is part of the Consulate’s commemoration of the 123rd anniversary of Philippine independence, is being supported by the New York chapters of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations, the Philippine Nurses Association, and the Junior Chamber International, and the RAM Guardians-Alakdan New York, the Cagayan De Oro-Misamis Oriental (CDOMISOR) Association, and the Saint Sebastian Church.