Feds Say Eligible Age Ought to Now Be 65 And Older; Citi Area To Be Used As Vaccination Website – CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The federal government is now saying that people over 65 years of age and immunocompromised people should be eligible for vaccination.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that New York State will follow this guidance. It opens entitlement to 7 million New Yorkers, but the state is still only getting 300,000 doses a week, CBS2’s John Dias reported.
It was another day, another line outside the Brooklyn Army Terminal vaccine center. Category 1B residents were eagerly awaiting their COVID-19 images.
“Opening big centers like this 24/7 was a really smart move, really a smart move,” said Veronica Najhar of Park Slope, Brooklyn.
But not everyone is that optimistic. Eddie Garcia said he was still having big problems trying to book his slot.
“I’ve tried since day one when they said it was open. I can’t get in, ”said law enforcement officer Eddie Garcia. “I made the computer, the phone. I did everything. “
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Garcia said he doesn’t understand why hubs don’t just book future appointments when people like him show up in person.
“Write my name on a piece of paper and tell me to come back in two days and three days,” said Garcia. “I’m a federal law enforcement officer. I deal with people every day … and I’m scared. “
Marcia Danoff, 76, does not have a computer and cannot make calls.
“I called a number, they referred me to someone else, and it continued. I made six calls, ”the Lower East Side resident told CBS2’s Jessica Layton. “It was a total nightmare.”
She eventually had to call her friends to register them online.
“It is incomprehensible,” said Danoff. “They have been around for at least April. They knew the vaccine was coming. “
She finally got a place for mid-February, but she and so many others say it shouldn’t be that difficult.
The city said its two 24/7 clinics were booked overnight, but Dias didn’t see many people in the Bronx.
“The process took about 15 minutes and then you had to wait another 15 minutes to see if you had any side effects,” said Enrico Caspaneba.
Back in Brooklyn at the same time, there was a similar quiet place. One woman took her 91-year-old mother away at 6:30 a.m.
“It was as quick as anything. They said they had people all night but it was lows at midnight, ”said Maryann Sullivan of Carroll Gardens.
Mayor Bill de Blasio didn’t address the lack of plumbing overnight, but said Tuesday that the city administered 26,000 doses on Monday. He is now calling on the federal government to increase the supply before the city runs out.
“At the speed we’re driving, we’ll be out in less than two weeks,” said de Blasio.
“You are telling people today that you are eligible, but you are also telling people that we don’t have enough doses to reach you for the next six months. Is that helpful? I don’t think so, “Cuomo said the state is only getting 300,000 doses a week.
Take a look at Andrea Grymes’ report –
An avid de Blasio announced that the Mets and new owner Steve Cohen stepped on the record by using Citi Field as a 24/7 injection site, reported Andrea Grymes of CBS2.
“However the organization could support this effort, we would,” Cohen said.
New York City Health + Hospitals will operate the site starting the week of January 25th and plans to deliver 5,000 to 7,000 admissions per day.
“You and your entire team answered the call here immediately and I am so grateful,” said de Blasio.
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Yankee Stadium is also on deck as a 24/7 mass vaccination site.
A Yankees spokesman released the following statement Tuesday night:
“The New York Yankees reached out to both New York City and New York State a few months ago to offer Yankee Stadium as a potential vaccination venue. The ongoing dialogue resulted in a call from New York officials to the Yankees organization today. We are currently working with city officials to finalize details that will allow us to use Yankee Stadium as a vaccination site. We are excited that Yankee Stadium will serve our community in such important and meaningful ways. “
During an expected oversight meeting on Tuesday, the city council will decide if the city does everything in its power to safely and efficiently vaccinate New Yorkers as soon as possible. There are calls to streamline the process and add more vaccination sites, including around the clock surgery.
“We clearly need to expand the range of vaccines from manufacturers significantly,” said Councilor Mark Levine.
“We all knew for at least eight months that a vaccine was coming. We know that millions of people have had to be vaccinated. Why are we just figuring out where and how to manage it? Councilor Carlina Rivera added.
The mayor is still promising that a vaccination clinic will be set up in each individual district around the clock by the end of the week.
Connecticut and New Jersey have not yet announced whether they will open the vaccine to people 65 and older.
John Dias, Andrea Grymes, and Jessica Layton of CBS2 contributed to this report