New York will open two mass vaccination sites in Brooklyn and Queens with the goal of serving socially vulnerable communities, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.
The sites will open Feb. 24. Mass vaccination sites will open in upstate areas as well in the coming weeks, Cuomo said.
The sites will be able to administer 3,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine a day. The Brooklyn site at Medgar Evers College and in Jamaica, Queens, will be open to borough residents only.
The goal for state officials is to bring vaccines to poor communities and communities of color, and demographic data has shown Black and Latino New Yorkers have been less likely to receive the vaccine.
The new mass vaccination sites dovetail with sites opened at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and Citi Field in Queens. Eligibility for the vaccine has steadily expanded over the last month, as people with comorbidities will be able to receive vaccinations Feb. 15.
"We're meeting communities where they are," said Jeff Zients, the top vaccine advisor for President Joe Biden, "in places they know and trust."