Cuomo urges eligible residents in communities of color to get vaccinated against coronavirus

New pop-up vaccination sites are opening across the city as Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to urge those eligible to get the vaccine.

News 12 Staff

Jan 25, 2021, 1:38 PM

Updated 1,273 days ago

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New pop-up vaccination sites are opening across the city as Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to urge those eligible to get the vaccine.
Cuomo says the state’s goal is to open vaccination sites at 300 churches and all 33 NYCHA senior housing developments.
The Bethany Baptist Church in Bed-Stuy is one church where the governor says the vaccine will be available starting Tuesday.
He says there is a lack of trust in the vaccine, especially in communities of color.
A recently released survey found that two in five Black Americans say they would not get a coronavirus vaccine.
Cuomo spoke virtually with members of Bethany Baptist Church Sunday, where he stressed that the vaccine is safe.
“We all need to trust the vaccine,” the governor said.
He also visited the William Reid Houses Saturday, where he launched another pop-up vaccination site.
Cuomo is calling on community leaders to help convince those who are eligible and skeptical to trust the vaccine.
The governor, however, admits that New York does not have the amount of vaccine doses coming in as it needs.
The FDNY and NYPD stopped giving out doses of the vaccine to officers because of the lack of supply.
Cuomo says a shipment of around 240,000 doses is coming this week.
He says it will take months to vaccinate the 7 million people eligible for vaccines now if the federal government does not ramp up production.
Cuomo says they are still attempting to get vaccines where they are needed most.


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