CIANA Hosts Back-to-School Day of Action in Astoria

Last Friday, August 13, CIANA hosted a Day of Action in Astoria, where we marked the upcoming school year by handing out backpacks to families with children, as well as encouraged all eligible community members to get their COVID vaccine.

Held outside the Queens Public Library on 41st Street and Broadway, Friday’s Day of Action was designed to help families prepare for the new school year, which begins on September 13, and is expected to be fully in person.

We handed out 200 backpacks to families provided by Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield. Our staff also made vaccine appointments for community members, which are now available to all New Yorkers above age 12.

CIANA hosted a similar Day of Action on March 12, which revolved around getting tested for COVID, enrolling in social services, and helping primarily those ages 65 and up to get vaccinated.

Both Days of Action were part of CIANA’s broader efforts as part of the NYC Test & Trace Corps to stop the spread of COVID-19, the most effective method of which is getting vaccinated.

CIANA was joined by Empire Blue and Commonpoint Queens. We’re grateful for their participation and ongoing partnership, as well as to all those who attended the event and made it a success.

As we look ahead to in-person schooling and cooler weather, we hope more community members will do their part in preventing another spike in COVID cases by getting their vaccine. As always, CIANA is available to make vaccine appointments, direct you to nearby vaccine sites, and provide other forms of COVID relief for your community.

Stay tuned for information on CIANA's After School programs for the 2021-2022 school year, and check out more vaccine resources below: