UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — An Upper East Side public housing complex is the latest place to host a temporary coronavirus vaccine site, as the new location opened for appointments on Thursday.
The site, at the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, serves senior citizens who live in the Isaacs Houses and Holmes Towers — two adjacent NYCHA buildings along York Avenue between East 92nd and 95th streets.
"Stanley Isaacs is a trusted messenger," said Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer at a news conference Thursday morning outside the site — the 24th pop-up site that the city has launched at NYCHA developments.
Virus rates on the Upper East Side have been far lower than in many neighborhoods, and the neighborhood has led Manhattan in vaccination rates since the rollout began.
But COVID-19 has devastated Black and Latino communities, who make up the vast majority of New York's public housing residents, including at the Isaacs Houses and Holmes Towers.
"When we start to focus in on areas like where we are standing here ... we have a very different story," City Councilmember Ben Kallos said.
The city-run Isaacs Center site will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Sunday, administering the Moderna vaccine. Appointments were still available as of Thursday to NYCHA residents who are eligible for the vaccine under the state's rules.
About 120 vaccine appointments were booked for Thursday alone, and upwards of 500 through Sunday. Before the site was announced, workers from New York City Test & Trace knocked on 1,600 doors of seniors living in the Isaacs-Holmes buildings to encourage them to sign up.
Appointments at other vaccine sites in the neighborhood can be found at vaccinefinder.nyc.gov.