New York – Jan 07 2021 – As the state plans to expand its COVID-19 vaccine program, a great number of vaccination sites are open across the state. However, the growth comes with statement from healthcare workers in the city indicating they’re not ready to get vaccinated.
One of the newly open sites is the Gotham Health Clinic near the Yankee Stadium located in Melrose, Bronx. This clinic is offering free COVID-19 testing for both healthcare workers and community members.
Now, it’ll start vaccinating people across New York. In the upcoming few weeks, numerous locations including pop-up sites at school buildings will become a vaccine site in the city. Amidst all this, the state mayor announced a plan to open five Mass Vax sites.
These sites are expected to handle thousands of people in just a matter of weeks. Mayor Bill de Blasio says “What you’re going to see are a place where anyone can come any hour of the day, get a free vaccine, get it quickly. Sites will be, again, in all five boroughs, but we need State approval and support to move this effort. We have the capacity. We have the personnel. We need support.”.
The city is trying to get at least 10,000 NYPD’s out of 25,000 personnel vaccinated before Sunday. The Mass Vax sites can be found in the Brooklyn Army Building and Bathgate Industrial Park. Three other locations namely Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan are yet to be started.
It is indicated that each of these sites will be open 24/7 including Sundays and public holidays as well. The officials believe that they’ll be able to vaccinate 100,000 people in a matter of week as soon as they’re up and running.
Furthermore, the mayor also announced that the three small vaccine department will be open by Sunday located at Hillcrest High School in Queens, Bushwick Educational Campus in Brooklyn, and South Bronx Educational Campus in Bronx.
However, it is quite disappointing to see the figures associated with the number of people being vaccinated. Out of the 900,000 vaccine doses distributed across New York, only 33% have been administered. The stats are even lower in New York City.
The mayor pleads to take the full responsibility of getting people vaccinated. He also stated that the Governor’s decision to take away unused vaccines from hospitals in the city may affect the pace of the process.