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A number of COVID-19 vaccine hubs have opened within the metropolis this week — with the primary in Queens established in Jamaica — as a part of town’s efforts to vaccinate all eligible New Yorkers.
New York Metropolis’s Well being Division opened a hub at Hillcrest Excessive College, situated at 160-05 Highland Ave., on Sunday, Jan. 10.
The mass vaccination web site will probably be open seven days every week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and can settle for appointments on-line. The hubs will begin with the capability to vaccinate a complete of 5,000 to 7,000 folks per day.
“With the intention to get the vaccination visitors we wish, we might want to construct on-ramps,” stated Well being Commissioner Dr. Dave. A. Chokshi. “Amenities like these will probably be a path to immunity for 1000’s of New Yorkers. We’d like extra New Yorkers to be eligible for the vaccine in an effort to quicken the tempo of vaccination for the complete metropolis.”
Chokshi stated beginning this week, town will ramp as much as a complete of 15 vaccine hubs, together with three extra in Queens, to serve over 100,000 New Yorkers weekly. It will add to the greater than 125 vaccine places already up and operating.
Three vaccine hubs opening in Queens on Jan. 15 will probably be situated at August Martin Excessive College at 156-10 Baisley Blvd., in Jamaica; Seaside Channel Instructional Campus at 100-00 Seaside Channel Drive in Rockaway; and Aviation Excessive College at 45-30 thirty sixth St. in Lengthy Island Metropolis.
The hubs are operated by Well being Division employees and educated volunteers by way of the Medical Reserve Corps.
Earlier than an appointment, New Yorkers should full the NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Type in an effort to get vaccinated. New York state requires the supplier administering the vaccine to examine completion of the shape. Eligible New Yorkers might want to convey proof of employment, akin to an worker ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated group, or a latest pay stub.
The state presently has a five-stage vaccination distribution plan. New Yorkers who’re presently eligible for the vaccine underneath 1A embody high-risk healthcare staff, employees and residents at long-term care services and different frontline employees in patient-facing roles.
Beginning on Monday, Jan. 11, New Yorkers in 1B, which incorporates first responders and people ages 75 and older, are eligible to make appointments.
Greater than 100,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered within the metropolis final week, surpassing town’s preliminary aim, Mayor Invoice de Blasio introduced on Monday.
There are presently greater than two dozen websites administering the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible New Yorkers in Queens. A few of these websites embody Statcare at their Astoria, Jackson Heights and Jamaica places.
The mayor introduced on Thursday, Jan. 7, that town can be contemplating utilizing Queens Theatre as a vaccination web site. In a press release following the announcement, the Queens Theatre stated it’s working with officers to find out logistics.
“We’re proud that our services in Flushing Meadows Corona Park are being thought of to assist in ending the coronavirus pandemic in New York Metropolis,” the Queens Theatre assertion reads. “We embrace the chance to assist and promote the well being, security and restoration of our metropolis and neighborhood by way of this vaccination effort. We look ahead to offering a welcoming, accessible area the place eligible New Yorkers will be capable to go to get the free, secure and simple COVID-19 vaccine.”
On Friday, Jan. 8, the mayor introduced 5 extra websites, particularly for town’s frontline staff, will open in every borough in anticipation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval of part 1B.
In Queens, that web site will probably be open at John Adams Excessive College at 01-01 Rockaway Blvd. in Ozone Park.
The Well being Division has established the NYC COVID-19 Vaccine Finder for New Yorkers to seek for close by places which might be presently administering the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Vaccine Finder is a one-stop store the place eligible New Yorkers can discover the closest vaccine supplier to them and e book an appointment with one click on of a button,” stated de Blasio. “Which means the COVID-19 will probably be secure, free and simple to get for all New Yorkers. In case you are eligible, please name 877-VAX-4NYC or go to nyc.gov/VaccineFinder to order your appointment at the moment.”