In an announcement on Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stated that the Jacob Javits Center will stop operating as a mass vaccination center this Friday. The Governor also added that the city will now turn its focus towards the local communities where vaccination rates are low.
With over 70% of all New Yorkers vaccinated against COVID-19, and almost all restrictions taken down, several mass vaccination sites have taken a bow, the latest of which is the jumbo facility at the Jacob Javits Center. According to the Wednesday announcement, vaccination sites at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood and SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge will also end operations July 9, as part of the state’s previously announced plan to scale back operations at the one time nearly 30-strong state and federally-run mass vaccination locations.
Going ahead, pop-up vaccination sites run by local governments will serve individuals in the mass sites’ absence.
“We have achieved great progress in beating back the virus and getting enough New Yorkers vaccinated in order to begin getting back to life as we know it, and our mass vaccination sites were key in helping us get here. As we continue our mission to make the vaccine accessible in every community and to focus our efforts on the areas with lower vaccination rates, we are proceeding with the downscaling of mass vaccination sites so that we can shift resources to where they are needed the most,” said Cuomo in a statement.