NY state's 2 largest mass vaccination sites opening in Brooklyn, Queens

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The largest mass vaccination sites in New York state will open in Brooklyn and Queens later this month as part of an effort to bring the vaccine to “socially vulnerable communities,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.

Cuomo said the two sites are part of a federal and state partnership. He said officials are working to create several similar sites upstate.

The site in Brooklyn will be located at Medgar Evers College in Crown Heights and will have the capacity to do 3,000 vaccinations per day.

The site in Queens will be located at York College in Jamaica and will also have the capacity to do 3,000 vaccinations per day.

The two sites will open the week of Feb. 24, Cuomo said. They will be the largest mass vaccination sites in the state to date.

“These sites are different than anything we’ve done before,” the governor said. “The federal government is going to provide a special dosage allocation for these sites, and they will be staffed jointly by the federal government—federal Army personnel, among others— and state personnel—National Guard, among others.”

Cuomo described the sites as a “first step” in addressing a “dramatic need in bringing the vaccine to the people who need the vaccine most.”

The governor noted that the coronavirus killed Black people at two times the rate of white people and killed Hispanic people at 1.5 times the rate of white people. He said Black, Hispanic and poorer communities had the least access to testing and health care despite having a higher infection rate.