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New pop-up vaccination sites to serve areas with lower vaccination rates

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Mon, Jun 7th 2021 05:15 pm

Sites to open in communities where vaccination rate is well below state average

√ All sites open for walk-in vaccinations on a first-come, first-served basis

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced 11 new pop-up vaccination sites will open in areas where ZIP code data shows the vaccination rate is significantly lower than the statewide average. New York will expand on the program and open additional sites in the coming weeks.

"Our progress on vaccinations has been instrumental in making it possible to reopen our economy and lift many of the restrictions, but the vaccination rate has slowed dramatically and we need to focus on the places that have low vaccination rates," Cuomo said. "Pop-up sites have been critical in helping us reach more New Yorkers with the vaccine, and with these 11 new sites we are redeploying our resources and working with local health departments across the state to target the areas that continue to lag on vaccinations. The vaccine is safe and effective – and if we want to defeat this virus, we need to get more New Yorkers vaccinated as quickly as possible."

In Western New York, a site will open Friday, June 11, at Northwest Community Center, 155 Lawn Ave.

This announcement builds on New York's commitment to bring the vaccine to communities across the state through pop-up vaccination sites. Since Jan. 15, more than 250 community-based pop-up sites have administered more than 90,000 first doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccine tracker dashboard is available to update New Yorkers on the distribution of the vaccine. The New York State Department of Health requires vaccinating facilities to report all vaccine administration data within 24 hours; the vaccine administration data on the dashboard is updated daily to reflect the most up-to-date metrics in the state's vaccination effort.

New Yorkers who suspect fraud in the vaccine distribution process can call 833-VAX-SCAM (833-829-7226) toll-free or email the state Department of Health at [email protected]. Hotline staff will route complaints to the appropriate investigative agencies to ensure New Yorkers are not being taken advantage of as the state works to vaccinate the entire eligible population.

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