You are reading

Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Mega Site to Open in Jamaica Later This Month

York College (Google Maps)

Feb. 10, 2021 By Allie Griffin

A massive COVID-19 vaccination site, specifically for Queens residents, will open in Jamaica later this month.

The federally-run vaccination site will open at York College the week of Feb. 24, Governor Andrew Cuomo and federal officials announced today.

The facility will have the capacity to vaccinate 3,000 people a day, which — along with a second federal site in Brooklyn also announced today — makes it the largest COVID-19 vaccination site in the New York state to date.

All vaccination appointments at York College will be reserved for Queens residents only, Cuomo said.

The site’s vaccine supply is a special allocation from the federal government — separate from the state or city’s weekly allotted dosages.

The facility will be staffed by both federal and state workers, Cuomo said at a press briefing.

The state and federal government selected a site located in Jamaica — a largely minority community — to address the racial inequity illustrated by the pandemic, he added.

The COVID-19 infection rate was three times higher in Black and Hispanic communities across the nation, according to a study done by the National Urban League and John Hopkins Center for Health Equity, Cuomo said.

The two vaccine sites announced today are part of the Biden administration’s program to help the “hardest hit, hardest to reach populations,” White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said at the briefing.

Cuomo applauded the help from the White House.

“The federal government having separate mass vaccination sites in socially vulnerable communities is a bold step — only the first step; we have to do more,” Cuomo said. “But it’s a bold step that we should all take as a sign of hope and acknowledge of the problem. “

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Queens man faces life in prison for murder of his accomplice during Ozone Park shootout: DA

A Springfield Gardens man was indicted by a Queens grand jury for murder and other crimes for allegedly gunning down his own accomplice instead of his intended target during an Ozone Park shootout in June, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.

Richard Dixon, 32, of 141st Avenue, was arraigned Jan. 27 before Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder on an eight-count indictment charging him with murder in the second degree, attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

BP launches new advisory panel for youth to become civically engaged in the future of Queens

In an effort to get more young people involved in civics, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards has created a new advisory panel known as the Youth and Young Adult Council to introduce the “youngest and fiercest” community advocates to both community service and organization.

Members of the advisory body will advocate concerns through means of community engagement by participating in one of two cohorts. The first will be made up of high school representatives between the ages of 13 and 17, while the second cohort will be comprised of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25.