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Citi Field vaccination site opening delayed
BY ANGÉLICA ACEVEDO
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the mega
COVID-19 vaccination site at Citi Field won’t
open this week as originally planned during
his Monday, Jan. 25, morning press briefi ng.
The 24/7 vaccination site — which the mayor
said would be a “game-changer” in the effort to
vaccinate all eligible New Yorkers quickly — was
slated to open this week inside the stadium’s Delta
Lounge, located at 41 Seaver Way in Corona. But
de Blasio said on Monday that there is a supply
and flexibility “problem.”
“Even though we don’t have the supply of vaccine
we need — we urgently need more supply, we
urgently need more flexibility with the supply
we have — the vaccination effort keeps moving
forward,” de Blasio said.
De Blasio said the city has administered 628,831
vaccinations since December. The city set an
ambitious goal at the beginning of the year to get
1 million New Yorkers vaccinated by the end of
The city currently has 19,000 first doses of
the COVID-19 vaccine, and is expecting 107,000
more in the weekly re-supply, which de Blasio
says is still not enough. Last week, the city had to
reschedule some vaccine appointments due to a
lack of supply from the federal government.
On Monday, de Blasio said the city has the capability
to administer 500,000 vaccinations per
week, if they are granted the supply and the flexibility
they need from the federal government.
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The vaccine sites at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium
in the Bronx — the opening of which was
also postponed — would be run by NYC Health
+ Hospitals and have the capacity to administer
5,000 to 7,000 vaccines a day.
The mayor said the city can move “so fast” if the
supply and the flexibility to administer the vaccine
to more eligible New Yorkers is granted.
“We have mega sites like Citi Field and Yankee
Stadium ready to go, we want to get those to be
full-blown 24-hour operations, but we don’t have
the vaccine,” he said. “We’ve got local, neighborhood
providers, folks who are at the front lines
who can build trust, who can get folks from the
neighborhoods to come in who speak their language.
We want to have a really neighborhoodbased
approach to the vaccination, decentralized
and grassroots. We can do that right now but we
don’t have the supply. We need the supply and
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