Nassau Coliseum to Become a Mass Vaccination Site, Curran Says

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Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is slated to become Nassau County’s third mass Covid-19 vaccination site, County Executive Laura Curran announced Saturday.

Beginning at the end of March, the lower level of the venue’s exhibition hall will be used to administer vaccines to eligible residents. Further information is yet to follow.

“We’re focused on continuing to ramp up our capacity for vaccination as more supply is anticipated to arrive in the coming weeks,” Curran said in a statement. “All of our residents must have access to the Covid-19 vaccine, and this iconic site will give us the ability to deliver the vaccine rapidly.”

A month ago, members of the Nassau Legislature sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking for the state to open a vaccination site at the Coliseum, similar to the one the state opened at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

However, Curran has taken matters into her own hands, and the county will run the Coliseum site. The county’s two other mass vaccination sites are located at Nassau Community College in Garden City and Yes We Can Community Center in Westbury. Additionally, the county has opened a smaller vaccination site at LIU Post, as well as pop-up sites in partnership with Northwell Health. For a list of sites on Long Island, click here.

“I would like to thank the New York Islanders for so graciously sharing their home with the community,” Curran said, “as well as the management team at Nassau Live for helping pave the way to Nassau’s comeback.”

On Friday, March 5, Curran reported that more than 20 percent, or 1 in 5, residents have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Last week the county ran a pop-up vaccination site in Glen Cove and announced partnerships with Mount Sinai South Nassau to vaccinate school teachers and with Nassau University Medical Center to vaccinate veterans.

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