Coronavirus Update New York City: City Council looks at streamlining vaccine distribution

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NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — City Council holds hearings today to discuss streamlining the vaccination distribution process in New York City.

All-night vaccinations are now underway at New York City’s two 24/7 vaccine mega-sites, at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park and the Bathgate Contract Postal Station in the Bronx.

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Both were completely booked overnight, an indication of how high the demand is for the shots.

They’ll be open all day on Tuesday..

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After a rocky start, the mayor says the city managed to vaccinate 100,000 people last week.

The goal is to inject shots into the arms of a million New Yorkers by the end of this month.

Right now, residents in Group 1b are eligible to get the vaccine: that’s frontline essential workers like teachers, transit workers, police and firefighters, plus people over the age of 75.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said that he is asking Governor Cuomo to expand the 1b list to include shelter workers, grocery/bodega workers, and delivery people.

If you’re eligible, you can make appointments at nyc.gov/vaccinefinder or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC.

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de Blasio also announced a new 24/7 vaccination site will open at Citi Field in Queens during the week of January 25. The location is expected to serve 5,00-7,000 per day.

But will there be enough supply?

“What’s clear is now that we’re in folks over 75,” de Blasio said, “there’s clearly a lot of demand. It’s over half a million New Yorkers over 75, and they want this vaccine.”

But we know about 30-40 percent of people in the first group that was eligible to receive the vaccine actually turned it down.

Now there’s a push to use up the excess supply fast.

Another city site opens at 125 Worth Street in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday.

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The city will open Gotham Health on Staten Island at 165 Vanderbilt Avenue on Wednesday, and a larger Staten Island site, at the Empire Outlets, opens next week.

Another mass vaccination site opens Saturday in the Corona section of Queens.

By the end of this week, the city will have 160 vaccination sites open in total, in all of the five boroughs.

And state will start opening its own mass vaccination sites, starting with the Javits Center on Wednesday.

In New York City you can visit www.nyc.gov/vaccinefinder to make an appointment for a vaccine online. The phone number to schedule a vaccine is 877-VAX-4NYC, operational 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, will go 24 hour soon.

Due to limited vaccine supplies, Governor Andrew Cuomo said it could be April before everyone who wants a vaccine in these groups can get one.

He released information on where mega-vaccination sites would be located. All locations require appointments.

New York State vaccination sites:
Wednesday 1/13:
Javits Center
State Fair Expo Center, Onondaga County

Thursday 1/14:
Westchester County Center

Friday 1/15:
Jones Beach, Nassau County – Drive-Thru
SUNY Albany

Next week, more state sites open:
SUNY Stony Brook (LI)
SUNY Binghamton property in Johnson City
Dome Arena, Rochester

Plattsburgh Airport – Drive-thru
SUNY Postdam
Utica Memorial Auditorium
U Buffalo South Campus
Aqueduct Race Track, Queens

CHECK THE LIST of who is eligible for a vaccine in New York State

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