Improving vaccine access
Case study

Improving vaccine access


In August 2021, some NYC neighborhoods had less than 35% of residents fully vaccinated, when the city average was roughly 55%.

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found that distrust in government and drug companies created hesitancy in vaccine uptake.

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New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) supports immigrant workers and their families by advocating for workplace safety and rights, providing skills training, and connecting families with resources. During the pandemic, NICE expanded their services to include food access, vaccine support, and financial assistance. RTWCF partnered with NICE to distribute 10,000 meal and grocery packages, conduct comprehensive community outreach around COVID-19 vaccination safety, and throw a Vaccine Access Block Party. In 2021, NICE helped over 5,000 people access COVID vaccines by translating appointment registration documents, educating people on the vaccine, and accompanying people to appointments.