Vaccine sites at Queens high schools to undergo
operation changes due to school reopenings
A pharmacist undergoes training as they prepare for the distribution of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a Mount
Sinai Health System pharmacy in Queens. Photo courtesy of Mount Sinai Health System via Reuters
TIMESLEDGER | QNS.COM | MARCH 26-APRIL 1, 2021 5
BY ANGÉLICA ACEVEDO
Vaccine sites located inside public high schools
will undergo operational changes as schools reopen
for in-person learning this week, with some sites
being relocated or consolidated while others will
be operating on a modified schedule in the coming
weeks, according to the New York City Department
of Health and Mental Hygiene.
One of those affected vaccine sites is currently
located at Aviation High School in Long Island City.
The vaccine site will be relocated to 5-17 46th Rd., in
Hunters Point on Thursday, March 25.
Individuals who have appointments will be automatically
rescheduled and notified of the change
via text, call and email. If they mistakenly go to the
original site, they will be redirected by staff on site.
For New Yorkers 65 and older, transportation will
be provided, according to the Health Department.
The agency maintains that every effort will be
made to reschedule individuals for the same day
and time at the new location. If the rescheduled
time doesn’t work for the eligible individual, they
will be able to reschedule for an alternative time.
Other sites, including August Martin High
School and Hillcrest High School in Jamaica, will
begin to offer second dose appointments only with
modified hours as alternative sites are identified
in the coming weeks, according to the Health
Health Department sites located outside of
schools will continue their normal operations, such
as the Corona Clinic, located 34-33 Junction Blvd.
Capacity will be expanded at other sites within
the borough, where possible, to accommodate any
increased demand due to the modifications, according
to the Health Department.
The city has administered more than 3.3 million
vaccinations as of Monday, March 22, according to
Mayor Bill de Blasio.
New Yorkers can find and schedule appointments
at vaccinefinder.nyc.gov. For a full list of
individuals eligible for the vaccine, visit the city’s
Health Department’s website.
As of Tuesday, March 23, New Yorkers ages 50
and older can start scheduling their COVID-19
vaccine appointment. Pharmacies began serving
New Yorkers with underlying conditions, people 60
years and older, teachers and child care workers.
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