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NEW YORK (AP) – Long Island state COVID-19 vaccination centers and community-based pop-up locations across the New York City area will be closing on Sunday due to an impending winter storm, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday.
Operations at eight state COVID-19 test sites will also be suspended due to bad weather.
“Much of Downstate New York is expected to experience heavy snowfall and high winds, creating the potential for dangerous travel conditions on Sunday,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Anyone with appointments can be sure they will not lose their seats. All appointments will be postponed for later in the week and everyone will receive direct notification of these schedule changes.”
Mass vaccination centers at Westchester County Center, Yankee Stadium, Javits Center and Aqueduct Racetrack, as well as state mass vaccination centers across upstate New York, will continue operating as planned, according to the governor.
Although New York Mayor Bill de Blasio urged New Yorkers to stay away from the streets during the storm, he said the city’s vaccination centers will be open for scheduled appointments on Sunday.
“This is obviously a much smaller projected storm than the one we dealt with a week ago, so we can keep these vaccination centers running,” the Democrat told radio station 1010 WINS.
The vaccinations scheduled for Sunday at the Stony Brook and Jones Beach locations in Long Island will be postponed for the next seven days. People with appointments at these locations on Sunday will receive an email or text message postponing their vaccination.
Efforts are being made to reschedule appointments “as much as possible” at the same time of day as the original appointment, according to Cuomo’s office. If the new appointment is not feasible, individuals will be given a contact number to call and get another time slot.
People with appointments at the affected community-based popup sites will be informed of the postponements and new operating dates by the host site or the providers SOMOS Community Care and Northwell Health by test message or telephone. The seven locations are located across New York City and in East Elmhurst.
Nassau County announced that it will postpone its Sunday vaccination appointments at the Yes We Can community center in New Cassel and Nassau Community College, district director Laura Curran told Newsday on Saturday. Affected persons receive an email in which the Sunday appointment is postponed and another appointment is postponed. The new dates are postponed for Tuesday evening. Individuals can change these dates if necessary.
The Rockland County Health Department also announced that the COVID-19 vaccination clinic scheduled for Sunday will be postponed from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday due to the weather. No new appointment is scheduled and people can arrive at any time during this period.
Also on Saturday, Cuomo announced that 111,316 doses of vaccine had been administered over a 24-hour period in New York. He said the state network of vaccination centers remains ready to receive more vaccines from the federal government.
“We work hard every day to get the vaccine out to as many New Yorkers as possible as soon as possible,” said Cuomo.