NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is expected to arrive over the next few days, and deployment should begin almost immediately.
The vaccine started shipping from a Kentucky warehouse on Monday, with an initial 3.9 million doses expected to arrive at destinations across the country within 24 to 48 hours.
The state of New York expects to receive 164,800 doses this week, this as Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the opening of a new vaccination site at Co-op City in the Bronx.
The site will open at 131 Dreiser Loop Thursday, the mayor said, with operating hours set for Thursdays through Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
It is part of the city's ongoing effort to get more vaccine into the arms of New York City residents, particularly in hard-hit low income areas.
De Blasio announced the city has surpassed 2 million vaccinations, a pace that's expected to pick up with this week's rollout of the third vaccine.
The mayor says he will take the J&J version when available, as medical experts seek to quash any notion it's less effective.
Clinical trial numbers were lower, but Pfizer and Moderna were not tested against variants that have emerged over the last few months.
The mayor also called on the state to open up vaccine eligibility to include sanitation workers, lifeguards, attorneys and court personnel, NYCHA workers and inspectors at various city agencies.
The news comes as amid a chill of concerns about a COVID-19 variant whipping through Washington Heights.
"It had to come here, started here, right?" area resident Vera DeCicco said. "Unbelievable."
The variant is referred to as 526.
"We certainly are taking the New York variant 526 very seriously," Dr. Anthony Fauci said "It started off in what is out in Washington Heights and has moved to other boroughs and is now gaining."
Washington Heights is a predominantly Latino neighborhood that has been hard hit by COVID.
"This is my community, and we've been a vulnerable population from the very beginning," Vera said.
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