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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Throughout the weekend, the state vaccination program expanded to multiple locations in underserved communities. On Sunday, a church opened its doors for appointments for the first time.
Right. The historic Abyssinian Baptist Church on West 138th Street filled out all 250 appointments, CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reported.
It is in partnership with the state and SOMOS Community Care that do the planning.
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Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that residents 65 and older and those with compromised immune systems were eligible for the vaccine.
People were vaccinated from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the church
But even those who couldn’t get an appointment waited outside for hours hoping for a cancellation.
“The fact that we have the opportunity is priceless,” said Harlem-based Clarice Turnbull.
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Rozner spoke to Pastor Calvin Butts and people who were vaccinated on Sunday.
“People trust their church. We have been here for 213 years and they believe we would bring them something that is good for the health of the community, ”Butts said.
“I just wonder why the hardest hit communities were the last to get vaccines. We have the Harlem Hospital. They died there 10, 20 a day. My mother and brother died there, ”said one resident.
“It turned out wonderful. I’m at an animal shelter around the corner so I need this because there are a lot of people there, and so I need this so I can live, ”said Frank Solomon-Williams, a Harlem resident.
Another 250 places are already occupied for Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Saturday, vaccination clinics for seniors were opened at the New York City Housing Authority developments in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
On Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that 65-year-olds and older can request transport to their appointment at registration, but he also expects vaccine supplies across the city to run out by the end of the week.
Due to the dwindling supply, Mount Sinai has canceled appointments until Tuesday and the vaccination station at Brooklyn Army Terminal 24-7 is closed. More than 7 million New Yorkers are eligible for the vaccine. However, the state is only expected to receive 250,000 more doses from the federal government.
Lisa Rozner from CBS2 contributed to this report
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