Two more mass COVID-19 vaccination sites to open in Brooklyn, Queens
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Two more mass COVID-19 vaccination sites will soon open in Brooklyn and Queens, Gov. Cuomo announced Wednesday.
Sites at Medgar Evers College in Crown Heights and York College in Jamaica will open the week of Feb. 24 and each have the capacity to administer 3,000 vaccinations a day.
“These sites are different than anything we’ve done before,” Cuomo said at a press briefing. “The federal government will provide a special dosage allocation for these sites.”
The pair of new locations will also be jointly staffed by state and federal personnel to help the “hardest hit, hardest to reach populations,” said White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients, who was also at the briefing.
The Rev. Al Sharpton was also at Cuomo’s virtual conference and said he’d get the jab at one of the new sites as a “symbol” to communities that have been wary about the vaccine.
“It’s really a matter of life or death,” said Sharpton. “Access is one thing, but as you know, we also have a big challenge with skepticism.”
The new locations in Queens and Brooklyn join a list of other mass vaccination sites in New York City that includes the Javits Center in Manhattan, Yankee Stadium in The Bronx and Citi Field in Queens.
The size of the location hasn’t always extended to the number of shots delivered, however.
The Mets’ home turf is starting off with just 200 daily doses — though the city has said it hopes to be able to vaccinate up to 7,000 people a day there eventually.
State officials have said the Javits Center could jab as many as 25,000 people in a 24-hour period — if they receive the doses to do so. But both the city and state have complained about an inadequate supply from the feds.
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