Coronavirus Update New York City: COVID vaccine mega-sites start 24/7 operations

Coronavirus update for NYC

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021
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Josh Einiger has the latest on New York City's COVID vaccination efforts.

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City is taking a big step forward in the fight against the coronavirus.

Over the weekend, five new vaccination sites opened across city, and Monday, two mega-sites opened 24 hours a day, 7 days a week..

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Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday that four more mega-sites would be added.

- Tuesday, 125 Worth Street in Lower Manhattan will open.

- Wednesday, Gotham Health at 165 Vanderbilt Avenue in Staten Island.

- Saturday, Corona in Queens

- Next Week, Empire Outets in Staten Island

You can make appointments at nyc.gov/vaccinefinder or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC.

Appointments are required at all locations. They are going quickly. Mayor de Blasio said the first overnight appointments for the city's 24/7 vaccine mega-sites are already fully booked.

The news of the mega-sites' opening comes at the right time, because 3.2 million people across New York State - so called Group 1b residents - are now eligible to get the vaccine.

Group 1b includes people 75 years of age or older, first responders, teachers and transit workers.

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New York City's two mega-facilities, including one at Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and the other at Bathgate Industrial Park in the Bronx, opened Sunday and began 24/7 operations beginning at 10 a.m. Monday.

Other mega-sites are expected to be added at:

- The Queens Theater the week of Jan. 19

- In Manhattan at La Marqueta in the first week of February

In addition, three community hubs opened at high schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens over the weekend.

By the end of this week, the city will have 160 vaccination sites open in total, in all of the five boroughs.

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Due to limited vaccine supplies, Governor Andrew Cuomo estimates it could be April before everyone who wants a vaccine in these groups can get one.

He released information on where mega-vaccination sites would be located. All locations require appointments.

New York State vaccination sites:

Wednesday 1/13:

Javits Center

State Fair Expo Center, Onondaga County

Thursday 1/14:

Westchester County Center

Friday 1/15:

Jones Beach, Nassau County - Drive-Thru

SUNY Albany

Next week, more state sites open:

SUNY Stony Brook (LI)

SUNY Binghamton property in Johnson City

Dome Arena, Rochester

Plattsburgh Airport - Drive-thru

SUNY Postdam

Utica Memorial Auditorium

U Buffalo South Campus

Aqueduct Race Track, Queens

CHECK THE LIST of who is eligible for a vaccine in New York State

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