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Two mass vaccination hubs to open 24 hours

One-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine now available

With new supplies of COVID vaccines pouring into NYC this week, Yankee Stadium began offering vaccines around the clock to Bronx residents, and pharmacy chains Walgreens and RiteAid were able to expand the number of appointments available in and near the Bronx.

The mass vaccination hub at Yankee Stadium is now offering the Pfizer vaccine from 8 am to 8 pm and the newly authorized Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires only one shot, from 8 pm to 7 am.

Vaccines are also now available at a number of Walgreens pharmacies closest to Mott Haven and Hunts Point.  They include:  1820 Williamsbridge Road, 55 Westchester Square, 1612 Westchester Ave., and 2158 White Plains Road.  Appointments can be scheduled through the Walgreens website. Just enter the Bronx into the search bar and fill out the questions to determine vaccine eligibility. https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19/location-screening

Rite Aid pharmacies administering vaccines are located at these South Bronx locations: 950-960 Southern Boulevard, 650 Castle Hill Ave., 911 Morris Park Ave., and 1091 Ogden Ave. Appointments can also be scheduled through the Rite Aid website. https://www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/covid-qualifier?utm_source=state&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=Covid19&utm_content=Covid19scheduler_NYC_2_24_21

City officials are also partnering with the Department for the Aging and Medicaid Health Plans to make vaccination more accessible to homebound seniors. Officials started going into neighborhoods to vaccinate older adults in their homes on March 4. 

According to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office, 240 older adults will be vaccinated each day by March 15.  Homebound seniors interested in receiving the newly approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires only one dose, can fill out this form. https://forms.cityofnewyork.us/f/homebound. Only the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is being offered as part of this program at this time. 

Eligible Bronx residents interested in taking advantage of the expanded hours at Yankee Stadium can visit Somosvaccinations.com or call 1-833-SomosNY, to book an appointment.  

The Javits Center in Manhattan also is now offering vaccines 24/7.  Those interested in booking an appointment for the program at the Javits Center can do so on New York’s Am I Eligible’ website or by calling 1-833-697-4829. The extended hours, from 9 pm to 6 am, began March 5.

 Like Yankee Stadium, the Javits Center will offer the Pfizer vaccine during the day. There are no current appointments available at the Javits Center, but there are several slots at Yankee Stadium starting March 8. 

A new vaccination site also opened at Co-Op City, New York’s largest housing cooperative, on March 4.  The site, at the 131 Dreiser Loop auditorium in the Bronx, will be open Thursdays through Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled here: https://vax4nyc.nyc.gov/patient/s/

The most comprehensive list of vaccination sites across the city, with links to locations and direct appointment scheduling, has been developed by New York City and can be found here:   https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/locations.  Well over a dozen locations are listed in the South Bronx.  Enter your zip code in the upper right corner and a list of sites near you will show on the left, with links to schedule an appointment.

The city’s Health and Hospital Corp. lists its hospital and community clinic sites that offer vaccinations here – along with how to sign up for an appointment.  You can also call at:  1-877-829-4692.  https://covid19.nychealthandhospitals.org/COVIDVaxEligibility

New York State will be establishing “pop-up” vaccination sites at several NYCHA complexes, plus a handful of health centers in the South Bronx operated by SOMOS Community Care.  Inquiries are best made to SOMOS at: https://somosvaccination.mdland.com/p/covid/  or by calling 833-766-6769.

New York Presbyterian Hospital operates a vaccine site at The Armory at 620-650 W. 169th St., between Ft. Washington Ave. and Broadway.  Appointments can be made through this website: https://vaccinetogetherny.org/Pages/default.aspx  or by calling  646-697-8222.

The NYC Office of Aging has vaccine information directed at older New Yorkers on its website, noting that vaccines will be provided at no cost and that older residents who schedule a vaccine through a city site will be asked if they need transportation to get vaccinated.  That information can be found at:  https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/covid/covid-19-vaccine-older-adults.pdf.  The Office lists this phone number for scheduling a vaccine at a city-run site: 877-829-4692.

At all vaccination sites listed above, you must schedule an appointment to be vaccinated; walk-ins won’t be vaccinated.  Proof of the appointment and some identification will be required, although no proof of immigration status will be requested  – details will be provided upon scheduling.

Those currently eligible for vaccination include:

-Health care workers 

-Home Health aides 

-New Yorkers 65 and older

– New Yorkers with underlying health conditions including;

– Cancer 

– Chronic kidney disease 

– Cerebrovascular disease 

– Heart conditions 

– Immunocompromised state 

– Liver disease

– Intellectual and developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome

– Pregnancy

– Severe obesity, obesity

– Type 1 or 2 diabetes

– Sickle cell disease or thalassemia

– Pulmonary disease  

-Teachers and education workers, including child care staff 

-First responders 

-Public safety workers 

-Public transit workers

-TLC licensees 

-All food and grocery store employees and all restaurant workers 

-New Yorkers experiencing homelessness and residing in congregate settings, and staff

– Regional food bank paid or unpaid workers 

– Food pantry paid or unpaid workers

– Permitted home-delivered meal program paid or unpaid workers

– Hotel workers who have direct contact with guests 

– Corrections workers