Vaccine frustration continues as new sites open this week

Meanwhile, the state is opening 11 community-based pop-up distribution sites this week. There are two on the Island -- one in Long Beach and one in Wyandanch.

News 12 Staff

Feb 10, 2021, 10:39 PM

Updated 1,258 days ago

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The race to get vaccines in arms on Long Island is ramping up, but the process is still not a smooth one for many.
Getting an appointment has been frustrating, and with new centers there are hopes that things could change.
But things are off to a rough start. Walgreens and CVS in New York plan to start vaccinating people Friday. But there are restrictions that aren't immediately obvious.
Once someone clicks through their webpages, you'll see that the vaccines are for only those 65+ in New York at CVS locations.
Meanwhile, the state is opening 11 community-based pop-up distribution sites this week. There are two on the Island -- one in Long Beach and one in Wyandanch.
But those spots are not really open to the public. According to the governor, specific people from those communities will be getting those doses.
Meantime, Nassau is doing what's being called a soft launch of a new distribution center in Brookville with LIU Post. Nassau officials say on Friday, about 150 people will be vaccinated, with the number building up from there. The ultimate goal is doing about 300 vaccinations a day.
"It's important to put these locations in place so that we can scale up so that we do have that infrastructure there," says Nassau Executive Laura Curran. "As we get more doses. we'll be able to do more. We're doing all we can with what we have, but we also need to see how we can diversify because we know that supply will eventually open up."
Suffolk County says it's vaccinating people at its Brentwood and Riverhead locations and has a third site ready to go when and if they get more doses.


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