NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The number of vaccination sites that will not require an appointment for some New Yorkers has increased to 26.
And seniors' companions, such home health aides, are now eligible to get a vaccine at those sites as well.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the increase of walk-in vaccine sites for New Yorkers 75 and older on Tuesday - and expanded the program to include seniors' companions on Thursday.
De Blasio said the pilot program with three sites proved to be very effective and has encouraged seniors to get vaccinated.
The pilot program also allowed an eligible New Yorker, such as a home health aide who accompanies them, to also receive the vaccine. That part of the program is now official at all 26 sites.
"We're doing all we can to get as many shots in arms as possible," de Blasio said. "With over 4.6 million doses now administered, we're going above and beyond to reach every New Yorker, deploying mobile vans and expanding walk-ins to help our city recover one dose at a time."
The vaccine sites that will not require an appointment to be made for New Yorkers 75 and older include:
1. Bushwick Educational Campus
2. Canarsie HS
3. Brooklyn Army Terminal
4. Starrett City - Spring Creek Towers
5. Teachers Prep
6. Flatbush YMCA
7. City Point
8. Coney Island YMCA (opens 4/8)
9. South Bronx Educational Campus
10. Bronx High School of Science
11. Co-Op City
13. West Bronx Gymnasium
14. Beach Channel Educational Campus
15. Long Island City
16. Korean Community Services
18. Martin Van Buren Highschool
19. Ocean Breeze Athletic
20. Empire Outlets
21. Essex Crossing
22. City College
23. Abyssinian Baptist Church
24. Ford Foundation (opens 4/7)
25. Yeshiva University (opens 4/7)
26. Fulton Community Center (opens 4/7)
The mayor also announced the city is launching mobile vaccine vans and buses to vaccinate some of the hardest-to-reach New Yorkers.
Made possible by the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the mobile vaccination effort will include a fleet of vaccine vehicles, including vans and buses equipped with four to six vaccinators each, delivering the COVID-19 vaccine directly to communities most in need, whether priority populations or neighborhoods identified by the City's Task Force for Racial Inclusion and Equity as being hardest-hit by the virus and histories of socio-economic disparity.
At these locations, the van will offer approximately 200 vaccine doses per day, for a range of one to three days.
Local community-based organizations will help New Yorkers schedule vaccination appointments with the vaccine fleet ahead of time. The fleet will also accept walk-up appointments when available.
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