The new facilities add to the more than 225 sites currently open across the city. On Monday, the vaccine will be made available to Group 1b – people over the age of 75, teachers and transit workers.
So far, approximately 150,000 people in the eligible group 1a of nursing homes and healthcare workers in New York City have been vaccinated.
After a war of words with Mayor de Blasio, Governor Cuomo on Friday announced he would expand the list of those eligible for 1b to include people over the age of 75 – but there is not enough to vaccinate them all immediately.
“It will take 14 weeks. It will take 14 weeks to do 1a and 1b. Just because reservations become available, don’t expect everyone to get a reservation right away. At the pace of the offer, it will take 14 weeks. Governor Cuomo said.
Howard Braunstein, 77, of Queens is in Group 1b and is ready to get the shot. He stayed home for 10 months with limited trips to the grocery store and is ready to come back to life and see his family again.
From group 1b which will become eligible on Monday, there will be no priority – it will be first come, first served. It could be in April before both groups that want a vaccine get one.
In addition, there is a vaccination center in a secondary school, so as long as people are getting vaccines, there are no plans to reopen.
Additionally, the Javits Center will open as a vaccine distribution site on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea tested positive for COVID-19, along with 463 NYPD members who tested positive for the coronavirus this month.
Qualified people can register for a vaccine on the city’s website. From Monday, a telephone reservation system will also be operational.
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