NEW YORK — Five community-based vaccine pop-up sites are opening Saturday in each of the city's boroughs and comes as a limited supply of vials threatens the availability of second doses for some New Yorkers.
These are the first of 13 pop-up sites set to open this week at community centers, public housing complexes, and cultural centers in the city.
They will provide first doses to just under 4,000 New Yorkers and will reopen in three weeks to administer second doses.
The state says it's part of the commitment to ensure fairness and equity in the vaccine distribution process.
Since mid-January, more than 90 community-based sites have delivered over 42,000 first doses to New Yorkers.
Appointments are mandatory at all of the following new pop-up site locations:
First Baptist Church of Crown Heights
450 Eastern Parkway
Harvest Fields Community Church
2626 E. Tremont Avenue
Allen Community Senior Center
166-01 Linden Blvd
NYCHA Fort Washington Houses
99 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY
Central Family Life Center
59 Wright Street
Staten Island, NY
Meanwhile, some New Yorkers who were expecting to get their second dose of the coronavirus vaccine are going to have to wait a while longer.
NY1 has learned that those who were scheduled to get their second dose at a city hospital Saturday are getting calls saying that those appointments have been postponed.
The city says that delayed shipments have put the entire vaccination effort at a standstill.
As of Saturday morning, the city had fewer than 1,000 first doses on-hand, and fewer than 110,000 second doses.
Pop-Up Efforts Also Target Arts and Entertainment Community This Weekend
A first of its kind festival kicks off Saturday to help revive the state's art entertainment sector during the pandemic.
NY Pops Up features hundreds of pop up performances all across the state, many free of charge and all open to the public.
Most of the events will be unannounced and will be designed so that New Yorkers happen upon them in their everyday lives, since we can’t have large gatherings right now.
The performances will mainly be a surprise, rather than a event or concert you are alerted to via a notification or a schedule.
The Festival runs through Labor Day, and will serve as a pilot program for how to bring live performance back safely after the pandemic.