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York College Vaccination Site Opens Wednesday, Preference for Residents From Hard-Hit Communities

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Feb. 19, 2021 By Allie Griffin

A mass COVID-19 vaccination site set to open in Jamaica next week will reserve its first appointments to residents of surrounding communities that have been devastated by the pandemic.

Eligible residents who live in one of 19 ZIP codes can begin booking appointments for the York College site beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today.

The vaccination site opens on Wednesday.

The appointment scheduling will be open to only Southeast Queens and Far Rockaway residents of the ZIP codes 11411, 11412, 11413, 11418, 11419, 11420, 11422, 11423, 11427, 11428, 11429, 11432, 11433, 11434, 11435, 11436, 11691, 11692 and 11693 for the first week.

These are neighborhoods that have low vaccination rates despite having been impacted greatly by the COVID-19 virus.

“For one week we’re targeting certain communities with low vaccination rates, high [COVID-19] positivity rates,” Cuomo said.

The neighborhoods, which are predominately Black, have some of the lowest vaccination rates across the five boroughs. Most of the ZIP codes have vaccination rates of just 3 or 4 percent, according to city data.

Restricting appointments to residents of these ZIP codes for one week is part of the state’s effort to address disparities in the pandemic response among communities of color, Cuomo said.

After one week, vaccination appointments at York College will be open to all Queens residents.

The site has the capacity to vaccinate 3,000 people a day, making it the largest vaccination site in the state, along with a site in Crown Heights, Brooklyn which has the same capacity.

The York College site is part of a federal-state partner vaccination effort. Its vaccine supply is a special allocation from the federal government — separate from the state or city’s weekly allotted dosages.

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Roosevelt Perch

I like to make an appointment for the vaccine fro my husband which 68yers old and is a diabetic

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Phyllis C. Stevens

I made an appointment for vaccines for my husband and I on 2/21 at York College for Sun., Mar. 7. We live in Fresh Meadows, Queens, zip code: 11365. We spent over a hour answering questions by the intake person on the phone before we got that appointment. We are both 69 and in high risk groups. After receiving a confirmation for that date, today I got an email from CDMS cancelling our appointment because “our zip code is not a complying one,” advising us to rebook on 2/27. If the hotline wasn’t accepting calls/appointment scheduling, then it should not have been operating this past weekend! We’ve been trying everywhere to get a vaccine appointment in our area with no luck until this appointment. I find this bureaucratic glitch to be unfair and nonsensical especially to residents in a high-priority group. Furthermore, I feel this cancellation was done erroneously, and anything you can do to rectify this egregious action would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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L0TTI ROSARIO

I HAVING PROBLEMS SIGNING UP FOR VACCINE. I AM 78 YEARS OLD. I TRY EVERYDAY TO SETUP GETTING A APPOINTMENT. PLEASE HELP

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lee

The reason you have low vaccination in those areas is not, I dont believe, the lack of availability, its the lack of governmental trust by people of color..ijs….

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Louise Collins

Why isn’t 11355 on this list. We haven’t had any sites open here for us. My husband and I both are eligible.

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Dagmar Davis

I think it’s insane that I can’t get vaccinated I’m 63 Flight Attendant and have a underlying health condition with my heart but I won’t get it because I don’t have the correct zip code that’s insane

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Holly Tudor

Thank for the alert by phone on Sunday, however I tried to register for the York College Site ( I live in 11240 zip code. I am a Teacher in NYC Public School, and I am 65 Years old)at least I2 times and was unsuccessful. I don’t know what I am doing wrong.

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Serena Parker

I would like to know if I’m eligible for the Covid 19 vaccination. I’m 50 yrs. Of age and have been dainose with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and pre diabetes. I work in a school district of Elwood, L.I. as a security officer and I am a retired NYC CORRECTION OFFICER .

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Barbara Benisatto

Why didn’t you include 11421. It is also an underprivileged area or are you simply going by race?

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Barbara Benisatto

Why didn’t you include 11421. It is also an underprivilege area or are you simply going by race?

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Sheryl Reese

How do you get an appt at York College? It is NOT listed as a vaccination site and it is Saturday 2/20/21, 8:58 AM!
Please assist!!

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