Hundreds vaccinated at pop-up site in Wyandanch Friday

Pop-up vaccination sites are key to the governor's strategy of helping underserved communities across the state.

News 12 Staff

Feb 12, 2021, 10:38 PM

Updated 1,163 days ago

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Several hundred people were expected to get vaccinated Friday at Gerald Ryan Outreach Center in Wyandanch.
Pop-up vaccination sites are key to the governor's strategy of helping underserved communities across the state.
The Wyandanch pop-up was one of 11 pop-up sites across the state.
Michael Lowe brought his 94-year-old father to get vaccinated Friday. He says a community organizer reached out to them, offering a reservation after they had endless scheduling frustrations.
"We were on all of the websites, and no appointments available. We've been trying for over a month to get shots," said Lowe.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office says they should vaccinate more than 3,100 people in underserved minority communities now.
Dr. Sedgwick Easly, who is on the governor's Health Equity Task Force, says bringing the vaccine to Black and brown communities helps enormously with trust.
"There has been a lot of hesitancy in regards to receiving the vaccine particularly in communities of color," said Easley.
Around 800 people from the Long Island Latino Teachers Association and Black Educators Association will get their shots Saturday at Suffolk Community College.
"These teachers are leaders and outstanding validators in the community and equity and making sure the vaccine is being distributed fairly is a top priority for us," said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.
Appointments are required at all pop-up vaccination sites.


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