Vaccination sites still popping up across Long Island in new inoculation push
New pop-up vaccination sites opening across Long Island are part of a renewed push by the state to increase vaccinations in underserved communities, where inoculation totals are still low.
According to new numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 22% of Black Americans have gotten a shot.
Nassau officials say the county is doing better than the national average with 39% of African Americans age 15 and older receiving at least one dose.
In Suffolk County, officials say 36.4% of African American residents have gotten one shot.
Nassau County says its high vaccination rate among African American residents is because of a concerted effort to get shots in arms.
"We've done webinars, we've done public service announcements, the county has gotten it out. We've been right in those communities, in Westbury, in Hempstead," said Bishop Lionel Harvey, Nassau deputy director for diversity and community engagement.
Some Long Islanders say bringing the vaccine into minority communities with pop-up sites made a big difference in convincing them to get the shot.
Aresia Cherry, of Roosevelt, brought her 16-year-old son to get his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
"The way it was brought here, and we have walk-ins, I think that's a great thing because it makes it more convenient for a lot of us to have the opportunity to get the shot," she said.
Atanda Adeyemo says he was hesitant at first, but easy access to the vaccine made getting the shot all the easier.
"And I advise people to take it. Put your fears behind," Adeyemo said.