Google Donates $1 Million in NYC Vaccine Partnership

New York City is expanding its vaccination efforts near Chelsea and Hudson Yards. New York City will partner with Hudson Guild and Google to open a new vaccination site with the ability to facilitate about 1,000 appointments per week at the Fulton Community Center in Chelsea.

As a part of the partnership, Google will donate $1 million to help vaccinate vulnerable communities in NYC. This includes $750,000 in advertising grants, to help ensure New Yorkers can easily find where, when, and how to get a vaccine. Google is also providing a $330,000 Google.org grant to Hudson Guild to set up a community vaccination center located in the Fulton Houses NYCHA campus serving the Fulton Houses, Chelsea Elliot Houses, and the NYCHA community citywide. Google’s New York City headquarters is located a few blocks away on eighth Ave. in Chelsea.

“Google recognizes that equitable population vaccination is a complex problem to solve, and we’re committed to doing our part. We are pleased to partner with the Mayor and Hudson Guild to announce a $1M Google commitment to help vaccinate vulnerable communities in New York. This includes ad grants, to help ensure New Yorkers can easily find where, when and how to get a vaccine and a Google.org grant to set up a community vaccination center in the Fulton Houses NYCHA campus,” Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Chief Health Officer at Google Health said in a statement released by New York City.

Hudson Guild will serve as a host Tuesday through Saturday starting April 7, at the vaccination site located at 119 Ninth Ave. The site will prioritize vaccination appointments for nearby NYCHA residents, including residents at the Fulton Houses and Chelsea-Elliott Houses, with a particular focus on reaching seniors. In partnership with Hudson Guild and NYCHA, the City will conduct outreach to eligible NYCHA residents to help them get the facts about the vaccine, answer questions, and sign them up for appointments.

“Technology is going to help fuel New York City’s recovery, including getting more New Yorkers vaccinated. I thank Google and Hudson Guild for their partnership to open this new site, and I encourage all eligible New Yorkers, especially NYCHA residents, to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Starting April 12, eligible New Yorkers will also be able to make an appointment at this location by visiting nyc.gov/vaccinefinder or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC. Additional days and appointments will be available as supply increases citywide.

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