'Community vaccination kits' set up at NYCHA developments across 5 boroughs
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that COVID-19 vaccination sites have been set up at select NYCHA developments across the five boroughs, saying they are the most underserved communities.
NYCHA’s Stuyvesant Gardens is the first in Brooklyn to receive a so-called "community vaccination kit," which helps get the doses to residents that need it by providing a site with all the needed items to administer shots.
There are four others in the Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens.
The kits include items like privacy curtains, office equipment, syringes, and personal protective equipment.
The Stuyvesant Gardens Community Center was set up within 48 hours to deliver vaccinations.
Health Network SOMOS partnered with the state to deliver vaccinations. This is limited to NYCHA residents who all must make appointments ahead of time.
"These are the most vulnerable patients that were hopefully taking care of themselves and hopefully not exposed but we want to get the vaccines to them first. because they tend to get sicker, they tend to die more,” said Chief Medical Officer at SOMOS Jacqueline Delmont.
Now that the site is up and running, they plan to open more sites and hope to offer more advanced notice for tenants.
Staff will be back on Saturday to continue vaccinations from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. by appointment only.