You are reading

City to Open COVID-19 Vaccine Site in Queens for Frontline Workers Monday

John Adams High School in South Ozone Park (Google Maps)

Jan. 8, 2021 By Allie Griffin

The city plans to open a COVID-19 vaccination site for frontline workers in South Ozone Park Monday — despite the fact that the state has not approved frontline workers to be vaccinated yet.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city will be ready to open vaccination sites prioritized for frontline workers in each of the five boroughs, including a site at John Adams High School in South Ozone Park.

The mayor made the announcement following a bitter back-and-forth between himself and Governor Andrew Cuomo on the coronavirus vaccination roll-out.

Currently, the state only allows municipalities to vaccinate people who fall under Phase 1A of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan — namely health care workers and congregate care facility residents and staff. People in these groups can make appointments to be vaccinated — including at four Queens schoolsonline.

De Blasio wants the state to allow New York City to begin vaccinating people in Phase 1B, which includes people 75 and older, school staff, first responders, public safety workers and public transit employees.

He said the city will be ready to open the five vaccination sites geared towards city workers on Monday, in anticipation of the state’s approval.

“We want to prepare for all of the folks who should be vaccinated — the seniors over 75, the essential workers, the first responders,” de Blasio said during a press briefing. “Even though we’re not allowed by state law yet, we want to be ready.”

The sites, including John Adams High School, will be prioritized for frontline essential workers, daycare workers, firefighters, police officers and corrections officers, he added.

De Blasio said he hopes the state will approve the groups for the COVID-19 vaccine by Monday.

Meanwhile, Gov. Cuomo has said he wants all health care workers who want the coronavirus shot to be vaccinated before moving onto Phase 1B.

His office said New York City hasn’t vaccinated enough of its hospital workers to move onto the next round of eligibility.

“The City of New York has 917,000 eligible healthcare workers in 1A and has only administered 144,000 vaccines,” Cuomo’s Communications Director Peter Ajemian said in a statement. “Many more healthcare workers are anxiously awaiting the vaccine.”

The city has administered less than 50 percent of its vaccine doses, he added.

De Blasio and city health officials said that they have a surplus of vaccine doses since some health care workers have rejected the shot. They said the refusal rate is around 30 percent.

Yesterday, Dr. Mitch Katz, the president and CEO of the city’s public hospital system, NYC Health + Hospitals, said he has thousands of appointments available for COVID-19 vaccinations with few health care workers booking them.

email the author: news@queenspost.com
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.


The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Mob of young people ransack Flushing boutique minutes after robbing man at knifepoint on Roosevelt Avenue: NYPD

Police from the 109th Precinct in Flushing are still looking for more than a dozen young people who allegedly robbed a man at knifepoint on Roosevelt Avenue and then pulled a smash-and-grab minutes later, looting a store of tens of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise last month.

The mob of more than a dozen men and women surrounded a 38-year-old man in the vicinity of Roosevelt Avenue and Union Street in the early morning of Monday, April 22. Several of the suspects threatened the victim with knives and some of the individuals menaced him with sticks before they forcibly removed his wallet, which contained $700 in cash, police said, adding that the victim was not injured during the incident.

South Richmond Hill man busted for allegedly groping woman on board bus near Forest Park: NYPD

A South Richmond Hill man was arrested on Monday and booked at the 102nd Precinct in Richmond Hill for groping a woman on a bus near the eastern edge of Forest Park earlier this month.

Edwin Guzman, 38, of 112th Street, is accused of approaching a 26-year-old victim who was on board an MTA Q37 bus near the intersection of Park Lane South and Metropolitan Avenue on the morning of Wednesday, May 1.

Mayor announces new 9/11 memorial will be built in Whitestone to honor fallen service members from Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts

Queens will be home to the city’s new memorial dedicated to the 99 service members from the borough who lost their lives in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq following the events of 9/11, Mayor Eric Adams announced during a Fleet Week kickoff reception at City Hall on Thursday morning.

The borough of Queens was chosen because it is home to the largest number of post-9/11 service members who were killed in action during those conflicts. Queens is also home to the highest population of living veterans than any other borough.

Two men sentenced to life imprisonment in murder-for-hire of perceived business rival at Flushing karaoke club

The president of a Manhattan-based construction company and a California man were sentenced to life in prison in Brooklyn federal court on Wednesday for orchestrating the murder of a businessman at a Flushing karaoke bar in 2019.

Qing Ming “Allen” Yu, 55, of Oyster Bay, and Zhe “Zack” Zhang, 35, of Arcadia, Calif., were convicted by a federal jury in October following a two-week trial for the contract killing of 31-year-old Xin “Chris” Gu, who worked at Yu’s company before becoming his business rival. The jury found the defendants guilty of murder-for-hire and murder-for-hire conspiracy for hiring a hitman to gun the victim down outside the Grand Slam KTV bar on Fowler Avenue