“I want to applaud the decision by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for designating Lincoln Hospital as a permanent Bronx site for monkeypox vaccinations. As we continue to see an increase in monkeypox infections, we know it is imperative to have a designated site in our borough for our residents. I want to also thank my fellow Borough Presidents that joined me in calling for additional vaccines from the federal government and recognize our LGBTQIA+ Task Force for their advocacy as credible messengers disseminating this information to our communities.

Having a permanent vaccination site is an important first step but we know there is more work to be done to ensure these vaccines are distributed equitably and to our most at risk residents. We will continue to work with our LGBTQIA+ Task Force, healthcare professionals, city officials and all stakeholders on education and prevention to keep our residents and families healthy and safe.”