New York City will reactivate the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan to become a vaccination center.
The iconic site served as a COVID-19 field hospital during the start of the pandemic. The Javits, along with the Westchester County Center en White Plains y el New York State Fair Expo Center en Syracuse They will open this Wednesday for people who have already made appointments, NewYorkPost noted.
The portal ABC7 reported that to go to the Javits Immunization Center, New Yorkers will need an appointment, a process that some have described as “Complicated and cumbersome”.
As The New York Post details, potential vaccine recipients say the system for registering “It’s very confusing”, involucrto three websites, long questionnaires, and a phone line with long wait times.
If you are eligible, you can make appointments at nyc.gov/vaccinefinder or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC, the city reported.
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Five new New York State-run coronavirus vaccination centers will also be activated this week, according to reports.
And in the coming days 15 additional sites will be announced, along with private doctor’s offices, county health departments, pharmacies, and health centers rated by the federal government, according to the portal.
The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, also announced that Citi Field will open as a vaccine distribution center on January 25. “It will be a 24/7 operation, with the aim of vaccinating 7,000 New Yorkers a day,” said the official, in a review of the portal.
Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo indicated that “New vaccination sites across the state will accelerate our distribution so that the most vulnerable New Yorkers are efficiently vaccinated.”
Both the president and the state Department of Health have been criticized for being slow in vaccine distribution, since only 665,172 doses have been applied in the Empire State of approximately 1.1 million doses delivered.
However, Cuomo has recently specified that there are only 300,000 doses a week coming from the federal government, so “delays and late appointments are expected,” The Post reported.
Front-line healthcare and hospital workers, along with nursing home residents and staff, were the first to get the injections, but in the last week Eligibility requirements were expanded to include essential police, firefighters, teachers, and the elderly.
The city accepted the new recommendations from the CDC, and as of Tuesday, New Yorkers 65 and older were included in the eligibility group.
With the new directive released by the CDC on Tuesday, 7 million New Yorkers are now eligible for the vaccine, highlights ABC7.
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Yankee Stadium could become vaccination center
According to a representative of Mayor Bill de Blasio, to The New York Post, the city could soon count on Yankee Stadium as one of the possible COVID-19 vaccination sites.
Sources told the outlet that the Yankees offered their Bronx Stadium to the city as a possible coronavirus vaccination site a couple of months ago. The portal details that “The team specifically mentioned using the stadium’s Great Hall, as a mounting area for inoculations.”
“We are working with the Yankees organization to turn the stadium into a vaccination site”Bill Neidhardt, spokesman for the mayor, told the media.
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