New York Metropolis Seniors Struggling Via Complicated Course of Of Registering For COVID-19 Vaccine – CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Seniors have joined the list of those qualified for the COVID-19 vaccine, but for many of our older New Yorkers who find the process confusing, simply shooting in the arm wasn’t that easy.
Some of the city’s most vulnerable people lined up in locations across the city on Monday to receive a life-saving vaccine, CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported.
Harris Ton took his 85-year-old mother with lung cancer to the new vaccination center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
“I feel great. I’m very excited,” said Ton.
However, the willingness of many New Yorkers over 75 to be accepted into Phase 1B has met with confusion. Some showed up at vaccination sites, like the one at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, unaware that they needed to register and make an appointment.
“I don’t know what to do,” said one senior.
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Even seniors who showed up with help were lost.
Senior attorney Annette Fisher said she registered her clients online but the website was confusing.
“There were all three receivers, so I said, OK, guess we’ll come here and wait online. Maybe that’s your idea of making a scheduled appointment. It didn’t mean do something else to get a date, ”said Fisher.
Brooklyn-based Walter Costas said he was concerned because he didn’t have a computer to register for the vaccine.
“I have to take my granddaughter or daughter to make an appointment,” said Costas.
On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi announced that the city was launching a senior outreach program and a hotline number – 1-877-VAX-4NYC – that people can use to register by phone. An attempt is made to ensure that they reach seniors who may not have access to the internet.
“We’re also going to be more proactive with robocalls reaching out to seniors to guide them to the places they need to get to, including our hotline to understand how to sign up for an appointment,” Chokshi said.
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Hospital groups, including the Mount Sinai Health System, have directed doctors to reach out to their elderly patients as well.
“We’ve also made some communications with various community leaders,” said Dr. David Reich. “We also hope through these connections that we can get that message out there.”
The city urges all New Yorkers to do their part by reaching out to qualified seniors in their lives to make sure they know the vaccine is available and where to get it.
Hazel Sanchez of CBS2 contributed to this report
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