Jan. 20, 2021 By Allie Griffin
The Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens has switched from taking bets to taking appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The first floor of the South Ozone Park arena has been converted to a COVID-19 vaccination facility, where eligible New Yorkers began receiving the shot on Monday.
The racetrack, located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., is one of four state-run vaccination sites that opened Monday. A state-run site at the Jacob J. Javits Center in Manhattan opened last week.
“Our number one priority is getting New Yorker’s vaccinated and we have continued to expand our network of sites to accomplish that goal,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday.
The Aqueduct Racetrack vaccination site is a much-needed resource for South Ozone Park, health officials say. The neighborhood (11420) has the fifth highest COVID-19 positivity rate among New York City ZIP codes at 14.1 percent, according to NYC Health Department data Wednesday.
The racetrack site — like all vaccine facilities across New York — is open by appointment only.
New Yorkers can determine if they are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and schedule an appointment by visiting the state’s ‘Am I Eligible’ app or calling the state vaccination hotline at 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829).
People who are currently eligible for the vaccine include health care workers, nursing home residents and staff, teachers, frontline workers and those 65 and older.