NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday a partnership with the federal government to open new mass vaccination sites to serve “socially vulnerable communities” and battle vaccine inequity.
COVID-19 has highlighted the disparities in healthcare that already existed in communities of color.
Two sites have been designated so far for socially vulnerable communities: One at York College in Jamaica Queens and the other at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.
Both sites can administer up to 3,000 doses of the vaccine a day, making them the largest vaccination sites opened in the state to date.
The sites will be given specific vaccine allocation from the federal government for this cause and will be jointly staffed by state and federal officials.
Cuomo said the state is working to identify additional locations in Upstate New York.
The governor announced the news at his daily virus briefing, alongside multiple White House COVID-19 task force members, Rev. Al Sharpton, and leaders from the National Urban League and the NAACP.
Watch Cuomo’s briefing here now or in the video below.
The governor was joined by several special guests:
- Jeff Zients, White House COVID-19 coordinator
- Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, White House COVID-19 Equity Task Force Chair
- Reverend Al Sharpton
- Marc Morial, National Urban League President
- Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO
In addition to the federally-funded sites, New York has held several community-based pop-up vaccination sites and plans several more in the future.
“The vaccine is the weapon that will win the war against COVID, however, to be truly effective, we must ensure it is distributed fairly and equitably,” Governor Cuomo said. “The sad truth is that not only has COVID devastated communities of color on a much larger scale than white ones, but there continues to be skepticism towards the vaccine itself, especially in the Black community. That’s why this effort continues to be so critical to our success — by setting up these sites and partnering directly with the leaders and organizations who are trusted voices in these communities, we can simultaneously ensure access to the vaccine, while instilling confidence in it as well.”
Since January 15, the community-based pop-up sites have enabled roughly 30,000 New Yorkers to receive their first COVID-19 vaccine dose. Future pop-up locations will continue to be established at public housing complexes, local churches, and cultural centers state-wide through the Vaccine Equity Task Force.
Appointments for these clinics are scheduled directly with the host site or partner provider who work with community organizations and community leaders to identify New Yorkers from that specific community who are eligible to obtain a vaccination.
The following pop-up clinics are being held this week:
Korean Community Services
203-05 32nd Avenue
Open Thursday, February 11 and Friday, February 12; 9AM – 5PM
NYCHA Shelton Houses
89-09 162nd Street
Saturday, February 13; 9AM-5PM
Sikh Cultural Society
95-30 118th Street
South Richmond, NY
Friday, February 12; 9AM-5PM
Confucius Plaza Community Center
33 Bowery Street
New York, NY
Saturday, February 13; 9AM – 5PM
Hamilton Madison House/NYCHA Smith Houses
50 Madison Street
New York, NY
Sunday, February 14, 9AM – 6PM
NYCHA Marshall Plaza
1970 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY
Sunday, February 14; 9AM – 3PM
NYCHA Baruch Houses/Grand Street Settlement
80 Pitt Street
New York, NY
Saturday, February 13; 9AM – 2:30PM
Gerald Ryan Outreach Center
1434 Straight Path
Friday, February 12; 9AM-2PM
700 Magnolia Blvd
Long Beach, NY
Thursday, February 11; 10AM – 3PM
17 St. James Street
Friday, February 12 – 9AM – 5PM
MLK Community Center
110 Bethune Blvd
Spring Valley, NY
Thursday, February 11 – 9AM – 5PM