A pair of new pop-up COVID-19 vaccination sites are being set up on Long Island this week to provide the first doses of the vaccine to thousands of New Yorkers.
Those sites are:
- Glen Cove YMCA on Dosoris Lane on Thursday, March 11.
- First Baptist Church of Riverhead on Northville Turnpike on Friday, March 12.
They are among 14 new community-based pop-up vaccination sites coming online this week at churches, community centers, public housing complexes, and cultural centers in downstate New York to “bolster the state’s commitment to ensuring fairness and equity in the vaccine distribution process.”
The sites are expected to vaccinate more than 4,000 people this week, with more sites expected to open up in the coming weeks. Since the community-based pop-up sites starting going online last month more than 54,000 New Yorkers have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the sites will be re-established in three weeks to administer the second doses to those who receive the first this week.
"Our strategically placed pop-up sites have been invaluable in helping us reach New Yorkers living in vulnerable communities and to make the vaccine accessible to them," Cuomo said. "We will continue to work with trusted community leaders to address hesitancy around the vaccine and correct the injustice that poor communities suffered when COVID ambushed our state.
"The vaccine works, and we will use every tool at our disposal to make sure Black and Brown New Yorkers are not left behind in the distribution process."
The pop-up sites receive a limited amount of the vaccine, which is earmarked for certain members of the community, officials noted.
"Community-based vaccination sites are a key component of New York's effort to ensure all eligible New Yorkers have a chance to get the vaccine quickly and fairly, right in their community," Cuomo added. "Social equity and fairness have been at the center of our response, but this isn't purely an access issue.
Vaccination sites are planned for all 33 NYCHA Senior Housing Developments, and at more than 300 churches and cultural centers that volunteered to house the sites.
“COVID brought the ugly truth of inequity and inequality in this country to a tipping point," Cuomo said. "COVID has killed Black and Latino New Yorkers at a higher rate and that is why these community-based sites are one of New York's vaccine priorities.
“The light at the end of the tunnel is bright and getting brighter with each new location and each shot administered."
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