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Registered pharmacist fills a dead volume syringe with the COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up vaccination site in William Reid Apartments in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S., January 23, 2021. Mary Altaffer/Pool via REUTERS

New York State will open three new vaccine sites on Long Island on Friday, March 19 at SUNY Old Westbury, Suffolk County Community College’s Brentwood campus, and Stony Brook University’s Southampton campus.

The state-run vaccination sites will begin accepting appointments for eligible residents on Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a visit to SUNY Old Westbury on Monday, as the college prepared the vaccination site.

“Once they are open, these new sites will allow us to continue to get shots into arms on a large scale,” Cuomo said in a statement. “The more people we vaccinate, the more we can continue our progress in keeping the infection rate at bay, reopening our economy and defeating Covid once and for all.”   

When appointments for the sites open, residents can schedule their vaccination through New York’s ‘Am I Eligible‘ website or by calling the state’s Covid-19 vaccine hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). Other details about appointment scheduling and hours of operation will be released in the coming days.

At SUNY Old Westbury, Cuomo and other community leaders called upon New Yorkers who are eligible to take the vaccine, especially people of color, who were hardest hit by the pandemic.

“Covid has devastated the state; Long Island continues to be one of the hardest-hit regions, especially for our Black and brown New Yorkers” said Tracey Edwards, Long Island regional director of the NAACP. “We must take the vaccine. The vaccine is the weapon that wins the war on Covid.”

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