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13 community-based pop-up vaccination sites coming online to provide first doses to 3,850

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Wed, Feb 17th 2021 04:00 pm

Vaccinations are by appointment only; scheduling is conducted directly through host site or partner provider that work with community leaders and organizations to reach eligible New Yorkers in each specific community

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced 13 community-based pop-up vaccination sites coming online this week at community centers, public housing complexes and cultural centers. These sites are expected to vaccinate 3,850 people throughout the week, with more sites coming online every week. Since Jan. 15, more than 90 community-based pop-up sites have enabled approximately 42,500 New Yorkers to receive their first COVID-19 vaccine dose. As has been the case with previous pop-up sites, these sites will be reestablished in three weeks to administer second doses.

Moving forward as the federal vaccine supply increases, New York will continue to establish these sites at all 33 NYCHA Senior Housing Developments, which house more than 7,600 seniors. Pop-up locations will also continue to be established at other public housing complexes statewide, as well as at more than 300 churches and cultural centers which have volunteered to house these sites through Cuomo's Vaccine Equity Task Force.

"COVID impacted communities of color at much higher rate, and it exposed the inequalities that have existed in our nation's health care system for decades," Cuomo said. "From day one, we have made the fair and equitable distribution of the vaccine a top priority, but two issues still exist, especially in our Black and Brown communities: accessibility and skepticism. These pop-up sites allow us to work with the local leaders and trusted voices in those communities that were hit the hardest by COVID, helping to ensure access to and instill confidence in the vaccine, while also furthering our goal to vaccinate every single New Yorker."

The establishment of many of these vaccination sites was made possible by the deployment of these vaccination kits and through partnerships with multiple public and private health care providers. Appointments are scheduled directly with the host site or partner provider who work with community organizations and community leaders to identify New Yorkers from that specific community who are eligible to obtain a vaccination.

Among the sites being established this week is:

Native American Community Services

1005 Grant St., Buffalo

Opens Saturday, Feb. 20; Hours: 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. **all appointments already filled**

This continued development of community-based “pop-up{ vaccination sites furthers Cuomo's mandate of ensuring the fair and equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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