Pop-up vaccine sites in Hampton Bays, Westbury bring relief to nearby residents

Some East End residents described the opening of the pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site in Hampton Bays with one word -- relief.

News 12 Staff

Feb 4, 2021, 4:34 PM

Updated 1,163 days ago

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Two more pop-up vaccine centers opened Wednesday in hard hit minority communities on Long Island. Both sites were only open for one day - and more are expected to open in other Long Island communities soon.
Some East End residents described the opening of the pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site in Hampton Bays with one word -- relief.
Jerlean Hopson and her twin sister Arlene Van Slyke say they've spent days trying to schedule an appointment for their first shot.
Hopson, 75, from Southampton, says there had been no available appointments, and even if there were, they'd have to travel hours to sites at Stony Brook University Hospital or Jones Beach.
But the new site at St. Rosalie's Church meant getting a shot just 20 minutes from home.
"I'm happy they finally found something close to home out here on the East End," says Hopson.
Joe O'Conor, of Yaphank, was planning to drive to Binghamton for his COVID shot until the Hampton Bays site opened.
"I just saved 16 hours of driving by having it here. So, thank you Gov. Cuomo," he says.
The other new site is at The Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the sites are aimed at bringing equity to the distribution process.
"COVID brought the ugly truth of inequity and inequality in this country to a tipping point. COVID has killed Black, Latino New Yorkers at a higher rate and that is why these community-based sites are one of New York's vaccine priorities," says Cuomo.
Hampton Bays Schools Superintendent Lars Clemensen says the middle school will be a future distribution site as soon as more vaccines are available.
"Many schools in Suffolk County are making that commitment because schools are a great place, a cornerstone of each community to serve that need for its neighbors," he says.


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