Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Sites Open In Parts Of New York City Will Operate 24/7 Starting Monday

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — More COVID-19 vaccination sites are opening in a push to speed up the inoculation process.

Starting Monday, millions more New Yorkers, including teachers and seniors, will become eligible for the vaccine, CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported Sunday.

At the grand opening of a vaccine hub in Queens, Carlin witnessed nursing student Jacqueline Pina get the shot that she will soon be giving to others.

“I’m going to have to be doing this, so I wanted to get the experience,” Pina said.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio was also there, getting a tour of the vaccine set up inside Hillcrest High School in Jamaica Heights.

The school on Highland Avenue, plus Brooklyn‘s Bushwick Educational Campus on Irving Avenue and the South Bronx Educational Campus on Saint Ann’s Avenue are the trio of hubs.

Lines formed outside the city’s pair of mass vaccination sites, which opened Sunday to handle big crowds.

After an initial ramping up, they will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are at the Brooklyn Army Terminal annex and in the Bronx at Bathgate Industrial Park, where Carlin found a crowd of mostly health and medical professionals feeling grateful.

“I am looking forward to getting it,” Dave Coleman said.

“It kind of feels like the end of light at the end of the tunnel,” registered nurse Melissa Marrero said.

Some in line on the first day of appointments admitted to being a little nervous.

“With anything that’s new, there’s always gonna be a mixed feeling,” clinical social worker Eddie Pabon said. “I think right now the safest route for most of us is the vaccine.”

“I think everybody just needs to get the vaccine, get better, start to heal, heal their souls,” another woman added.


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