BROOKLYN, NY — An effort to get New Yorkers in neighborhoods hardest-hit by the coronavirus disaster to take their vaccine will embody further public transportation and calls from trusted clergy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced.
In a go to to Brooklyn’s upcoming mass vaccination web site at Medgar Evers College on Monday, the governor stated the ability, together with its companion web site in Queens, will probably be important in addressing racial inequity laid naked by the coronavirus disaster.
Both services will open on Wednesday as a part of a state-federal partnership to focus on areas that have been hardest hit by the pandemic.
“What we’re saying as a state is, we have to be equitable in the administration of the vaccine and we have to correct for the injustice we just saw perpetrated by COVID,” Cuomo stated. “Not only is this the largest site ever created in the state of New York, it’s special because it recognizes the equity that must be achieved.”
The first step in reaching these hard-hit communities was opening up Medgar Evers College and York College services’ appointments to solely sure surrounding ZIP codes for the primary week of scheduling. Many of these ZIP codes have up to now have had a number of the lowest vaccination charges in New York City.
The MTA will then enhance bus service in these areas to verify New Yorkers can get to the websites, Cuomo stated. The elevated transportation will embody a shuttle from Hammel Houses to York College and extra frequent B49 buses, which already cease at Medgar Evers.
The subsequent step will probably be calling on native elected officers and clergy to encourage those that are hesitant to get the vaccine to make an appointment, Cuomo stated.
“[There’s] a lack of trust in the system by the Black community because the Black community has gotten the short end of the stick by the system many, many, many times,” Cuomo stated.
Cuomo pointed to endorsements of the vaccines from New York’s personal panel evaluate panel, the country’s top Black doctors and native elected officers and clergy leaders from the communities.
More than three dozen clergy will begin telephone banking to assist unfold the phrase, he stated.
The Brooklyn and Queens services will run between 8 a.m. and eight p.m. every day and will probably be set as much as give 3,000 vaccines per day by way of a particular allocation of doses from President Joe Biden’s coronavirus process power. The state-federal partnership additionally will open four sites in Buffalo, Rochester, Albany and Yonkers.
Eligible New Yorkers can schedule appointments by way of New York’s ‘Am I Eligible’ website, by calling the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829) or by stopping in in-person on the Medgar Evers and York College websites to make an appointment. The websites open Wednesday.
“This vaccine can save your life, and it can save the lives of others…but the vaccine only works if people take it,” Cuomo stated. “Please, please, please take the vaccine.”