3 vaccination sites open at NYCHA facilities for residents 65 and older
Three new vaccination sites have opened at New York City Housing Authority complexes in the city for residents 65 and older.
The first three sites at NYCHA developments are in Brooklyn, Staten Island and Manhattan, and are only available for residents 65 and older as the city continues to broaden its reach of people receiving coronavirus vaccines.
One of those sites was at the Van Dyker Houses in East New York.
Mayor Bill de Blasio launched these sites and said vaccines must get to the residents who need them most.
“That’s why we’re meeting our most vulnerable where they are,” the mayor says. “Providing vaccines to our NYCHA seniors right in their own communities.”
The city is targeting communities of colors and those hit hardest by the pandemic.
President of Ambulance Rapid Reliable Testing Anthony Capon says it makes sense to go where the biggest problem is and oftentimes, seniors are the ones who have the greatest ramifications if they get sick.
Esther Williams, who has already had the coronavirus, says she’s “extremely excited” to get the vaccine.
“I’ve had this monster and I don’t want to have it again,” Williams says.
She says she spent eight weeks getting over the virus.
The new sites add to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s first five community vaccination kits that have been deployed for NYCHA residents.
The state is asking everyone to be patient as more than 7 million New York residents are now eligible to receive the vaccine.