State lawmakers urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to drop 30 percent of COVID-19 vaccination appointments to Jacob Javits Center for Manhattan residents – after learning that dozens of non-citizen residents receive blows to the site.
“We are writing to request that 30 percent of COVID-19 vaccination appointments at the Jacob Javits Center, located in or near our districts, be reserved for eligible Manhattan residents,” said State Senator Brad Hoylman. Liz Krueger and Assemblywoman Deborah Glick wrote in a letter to Cuomo Thursday.
“Many non-Manhattan residents come to our borough every day to get vaccinated while our residents are not able to make appointments,” the letter says.
His request comes after Mayor Bill de Blasio said earlier this week that 42 percent of COVID-19 vaccine doses at the state-owned Javits Center they went to non-city residents.
Up to 75 percent of shots fired at the Racetrack Aqueduct in Queens were also given to people living outside the Big Apple.
State-managed vaccination sites they are currently open to all residents of the Empire State.
“Our components are at a unique disadvantage: While Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx have dedicated state immunization sites for residents of their borough, the Javits Center is the only statewide site located in Manhattan and is open to all New Yorkers. Yorkers, as well as out-of-state residents working in New York City, ”the letter says.
“It would be fair for 30 percent of blows to Javits to be reserved for local Manhattan residents.”
The Javits Center operation will go 24-7 this week how to start shot the vaccine at a dose of Johnson & Johnson on Friday during the night hours. Reservations open Thursday.