Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) is encouraging people to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. This week, she campaigned for vaccine equality by taking a trip on a new mobile vaccine bus that’s making rounds across New York City to get the vaccine to as many hard-to-reach areas as possible.
“Vacunabus is in the building!” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. “I’m really excited about this project. Vaccine equity isn’t just about encouraging people to get vaccines, it’s about bringing vaccines to the people!”
The “Vacunabus” is focused on getting food service industry workers and undocumented immigrants vaccinated first. The bus will then turn its attention to the homeless population in New York City. The “Vacunabus” is the newest addition to NYC’s mobile fleet of 20 vans.
“I think a lot of people were not [getting the COVID-19 vaccine] it because it’s hard to get an appointment,” Christian Obredin, an employee at Peter Luger’s Steak House told CBS New York. “It’s hard to get to places where you have to take the vaccine.”
With the new mobile vaccine initiative, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio believes the city can administer an additional 200 vaccinations per day.
From one of the vaccination sites, Ocasio-Cortez gave a shoutout to her social media followers alongside de Blasio and Assemblywoman Karines Reyes asking them to register for a vaccine as soon as possible.
“Get your shot,” Ocasio-Cortez says. “Tell your parents. Tell your aunts and uncles because we gotta get everybody vaccinated.”
To find out where the “Vacunabus” will be next, visit RoarNewYork.org.