Queens Theatre To Become Mass Coronavirus Vaccination Site
A 24-hour coronavirus vaccination site will open at the Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, but officials haven’t said when.
In Corona, Queens a 24-hour coronavirus vaccination site is slated to soon open at the Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.
The mass vaccination site will have the capacity to inoculate thousands of eligible New Yorkers a day, though slots will be available by appointment only, according to de Blasio.
Officials did not say when the Queens Theatre will open for vaccinations. On slides shown to reporters Thursday, the location was labeled “coming soon.”
Though de Blasio identified the Queens Theatre as one of several 24/7 mass vaccination sites that will open across the five boroughs in coming days, a representative from the Queens Theatre told Patch that the schedule has not been confirmed.
“We are proud that our facilities in Flushing Meadows Corona Park are being considered to aid in ending the Coronavirus pandemic in New York City,” the Queens Theatre said in a written statement. “We embrace the opportunity to support and promote the health, safety, and recovery of our City and community through this vaccination effort. We look forward to providing a welcoming, accessible space where eligible New Yorkers will be able to go to get the free, safe, and easy COVID-19 vaccine.”
Two other mass vaccination sites, located in Brooklyn and The Bronx, will open Sunday.
A smaller-scale “vaccination hub,” which will be open only from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., will launch Sunday at Hillcrest High School in Queens. Three more such hubs will open the following week.
The mass vaccination sites and vaccination hubs are part of the city’s plan to double its number of vaccine distribution sites from 125 to 250 and speed up New York City’s rate, after the mayor pledged to administer 1 million doses by the end of January.
Just over 144,000 New Yorkers had gotten doses of the vaccine as of Thursday morning, according to city-data. Of those, about 5,700 have received their second of the required two doses.