In an effort to fill in the gaps in vaccination rates across New York, Mayor Eric Adams’s health team is launching a $1.9 million campaign to boost the coronavirus inoculation drive in the orthodox Jewish neighborhoods of Brooklyn as well as parts of Staten Island.
The city Health Department, through its not-for-profit Fund for Public Health, has issued a request for proposals to work with eight community- or faith-based groups to help ramp up vaccination rates in the ZIP codes that include Brooklyn’s heavily orthodox Jewish communities of Borough Park, Midwood, Bensonhurst, Marine Park, Williamsburg, and Crown Heights.
Health officials said the effort in the whiter and Jewish areas of the two boroughs was an “expansion beyond the 33 Task Force and on Racial Inclusion and Equity neighborhoods” and discussed the necessity of “Building vaccine confidence in neighborhoods with Low vaccination uptake.”
According to statistics from the city, in Brooklyn’s Borough Park, 30 percent of adults are still not fully vaccinated. A Health Department representative said the focus on Brooklyn’s Jewish neighborhoods and a large swath of Staten Island is an expansion of its efforts to urge all city residents to get inoculated.