Sites Will Target Underserved Communities, Part of Cuomo and Biden Administrations’ Efforts to Distribute Vaccine Equitably and Efficiently
Sites Serve as National Model for Equitable Distribution of Vaccine
Two Sites to Vaccinate 3,000 New Yorkers Per Day Each, to Be Established at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and York College in Queens
New York State & Biden Administration to Identify Additional Sites Outside of New York City to Vaccinate 1,000 New Yorkers Per Day Each
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today joined with White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zients and White House COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force Chair Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith to announce that at the Governor’s request, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will establish two community-based mass-vaccination sites at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and York College in Queens – which will serve as a national model for the equitable distribution of the COVID vaccine.
These two major mass vaccination sites in New York City will vaccinate approximately 3,000 New Yorkers each day over an eight-week period and, like the State and City operated Yankee Stadium site in the Bronx, will be reserved only for the residents of the borough where the site is located. New York State is working with FEMA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to identify additional sites outside of New York City to launch special targeted efforts focused on vaccine equity and improving access to socially vulnerable populations, each to vaccinate 1,000 New Yorkers per day.
These sites will target communities and populations historically underserved by the traditional health care system that were disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. By increasing vaccine access in communities where vaccine hesitancy and vaccination rates are lower than other parts of the state, these sites will build on the focus of New York State and the Biden Administration to vaccinate as many people as possible fairly and equitably by creating vaccination venues in settings that people trust through partnerships with community leaders and organizations.
“COVID created low tide in America, and all the ugliness, structural racism, injustice and disparity lurking beneath the surface was exposed,” Governor Cuomo said. “We know that communities of color suffered the most and from day one we’ve made the fair and equitable distribution of the vaccine a priority. These two new sites are going to make a dramatic impact on some of our hardest hit communities and further bolster the work we’ve already been doing on the ground to get shots in arms, and we’re so thankful to the Biden administration for their partnership in making it happen.”