NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney penned a letter on Wednesday calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to establish a COVID-19 vaccination site on Roosevelt Island.
According to Maloney, Roosevelt Island is home to 11,500 New Yorkers, including a significant number of elderly and disabled residents who are part of the high-risk demographic for severe outcomes should they contract COVID-19.
In her letter to the Mayor, she explains that Roosevelt Island needs a local vaccination clinic because the closest vaccination site is more than a mile away, on Vernon Boulevard in Queens, and requires public transportation, putting seniors and people with disabilities at an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19.
“I believe that vaccine distribution should be easy, accessible, and free for all," the Congresswoman wrote. "For those reasons, I strongly encourage you to add a vaccination site on Roosevelt Island to service Roosevelt Island residents, including seniors and disabled populations, many of whom are veterans."
"Including a vaccination distribution site on Roosevelt Island is a vital step towards achieving this goal and to ensuring an equitable rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine," she added.