State’s Mass Vaccination Site in Brentwood to Close After This Friday

Students from Suffolk County Community College prepare to get vaccinated during a news conference on COVID-19 vaccination at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, New York, U.S. April 12, 2021. Michael M. Santiago/Pool via REUTERS

The state-run Covid-19 vaccination site at Suffolk County Community College’s Brentwood campus will have its last day of inoculating residents on Friday.

As New York State continues downscaling its mass vaccination operations, the Long Island location will be one of three to shut down statewide after this Friday. Three additional sites in other parts of the state ceased operation on June 21, when the state first began winding down the mass vaccine sites. All other Long Island locations will remain open for the time being.

“We have achieved great progress in beating back the virus and getting enough New Yorkers vaccinated in order to begin getting back to life as we know it, and our mass vaccination sites were key in helping us get here,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “As we continue our mission to make the vaccine accessible in every community and to focus our efforts on the areas with lower vaccination rates, we are proceeding with the downscaling of mass vaccination sites so that we can shift resources to where they are needed the most.”

The state will now focus on targeting more specific areas where vaccination rates are lowest with small, pop-up vaccination sites within communities by partnering with local health providers and community leaders.

In Nassau County, 80 percent of adults 18 and older have had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, and in Suffolk, about 73 percent of adults have had at least one shot. New York State’s vaccine tracker keeps statistics on vaccination rates by county.

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