LI residents still struggling to find vaccine appointments; region still has NY's highest infection rate

Long Island has two state-run vaccine sites, including Jones Beach. That site closes at 7 p.m., but residents think it should be open for 24 hours, like the Javits Center in Manhattan.

News 12 Staff

Mar 5, 2021, 3:17 AM

Updated 1,145 days ago

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For weeks, Long Island has had the highest COVID-19 infection rate in New York. A big piece in fighting those numbers is getting vaccinated, but residents say it's still exceptionally hard finding a slot.
Long Island has two state-run vaccine sites, including Jones Beach. That site closes at 7 p.m., but residents think it should be open for 24 hours, like the Javits Center in Manhattan.
"If you would have given me 2 o'clock in the morning, I'm there," says Howard Riemer, of Woodbury.
If you go to the state's website listing all of its appointments, you'll see at most times that most sites don't have availability, including Jones Beach and Stony Brook.
Along with the highest infection rate, Long Island does have the second highest regional number of people vaccinated at about 600,000. That's only behind New York City.
A spokesperson for Gov. Andrew Cuomo tells News 12 that the state does have plans to open additional vaccination sites as more vaccines are available, now that Johnson & Johnson's shot is being shipped out.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran says they're ramping up vaccinations as they get more shipments in.
"I know people have been getting very frustrated trying to make appointments," says Curran. "Now as we get more supply, some of that frustration will be alleviated."
Meanwhile, Riemer is hoping Long Island opens up at least one more big venue.
"They have Jones Beach, they have Stony Brook, but obviously that's not enough," he says.


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