New York State will run two Covid-19 vaccination sites for one day each on Long Island this week, one in Long Beach and one in Wyandanch, the state announced on Tuesday.
Vaccinations will take place at the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center in Wyandanch on Thursday, Feb. 11 and the Magnolia Center in Long Beach on Friday, Feb. 12. The pop-up vaccination sites are part of the state’s efforts to make the vaccine available to all populations, including the elderly and communities of color.
“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,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “… 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.”
According to the state, appointments at these sites can be made through the sites themselves or their partner providers who help administer the shots and “work with community leaders and organizations to identify eligible New Yorkers in each specific community.”
The City of Long Beach, which runs the Magnolia Center, announced just after 10 a.m. Wednesday that all appointments are already booked.
“Please be advised that the City is working with Governor Cuomo’s office to facilitate a one-day ‘pop-up’ vaccination site for our low income and minority seniors (65+),” city officials posted on Facebook. “This is part of the Governor’s equity in vaccination distribution effort to ensure populations that wouldn’t normally be able to receive a vaccine, and have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, are given the opportunity to get one.”
The Gerald Ryan Outreach Center could not be reached about whether or not any appointments are available.
These Long Island locations are two out of 11 sites opening statewide throughout the week, which will vaccinate more than 3,100 New Yorkers, according to the state. Each week, new sites will open in different communities.
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