New York Daily News
‘House’ that for virus action!?
Four projects will give vaccine by Mon., churches set to join effort
More than 1,000 seniors will receive their first free doses of the coronavirus vaccine this weekend at four city public housing sites, Gov. Cuomo announced Saturday.
Healthcare workers at the William Reid Apartments and the Vandalia Avenue Housing in Brooklyn, as well as the Randall Avenue-Balcom Avenue and Union Avenue-East 163 Street Housing complexes in the Bronx will administer the shot to public housing residents 65 and over.
The pop-up clinics will be run by the nonprofit SOMOS, which has partnered with the state in the vaccine rollout.
Eight churches statewide, including St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in the Bronx and Bethany Baptist Church in Brooklyn, will also play host to vaccination hubs this weekend, officials said.
All told, the state expects to vaccinate 3,000 seniors and other eligible New Yorkers by Tuesday.
“When it comes to this vaccine access has to be fair, all across the board,” Gov. Cuomo said at the William Reid Apartments, where 250 seniors are scheduled to be vaccinated.
“We’re working with 300 churches to distribute the vaccine we’re working with public housing authorities all across the state.”
NYCHA first administered free COVID vaccines to seniors on Jan. 16 and 17 at its Cassidy-Lafayette, Polo Grounds Towers and Van Dyke Houses.
The state expects to establish more pop-up sites at all 33 of New York City Housing Authority Senior Housing Developments, which house over 7,600 seniors, officials said.
As of Saturday, New York’s positivity rate dipped to 5.26 %, down from 5.65% on Friday, Cuomo said. New York City’s rate hovered just above the state’s at 5.71%.
Hospitalizations fell to about 8,082 from 8,126, while another 144 people have died.
“We’re tired of COVID,” Cuomo said. “It’s been 329 days. Think of it like a war ... 329 days is not long when you are at war.”
U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), who represents the state’s 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, urged New Yorkers to take advantage of the pop-up clinics.
(This is) another step to ensure all New Yorkers can gain access to the services they so deeply need,“Clarke said
Saturday. ”Seniors and high risk communities must get vaccinated, full stop.”
“I personally have taken the vaccine and I’m here to tell you, as you can see, I am fine,” she added.
U.S. Rep. Hakeem
Jefferies (D-N.Y.), who represents the state’s 8th Congressional District in Brooklyn, also encouraged his constituents to visit the sites.
“Trust science and get vaccinated,” he said. “COVID-19 will kill you.”