FEMA Vaccination Sites Open For Brooklyn And Queens Residents At Medgar Evers And York Colleges


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is stepping in to help open two new sites in Brooklyn and Queens dedicated to increasing vaccination rates among residents of those boroughs.

“The vaccine is the light at the end of the tunnel. That is the weapon that’s going to win the war,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday morning.

More than 20,000 have already registered to get their shots at York College in Jamaica, Queens.

As CBS2’s John Dias reported, Dave Misthelel, 69, brought his own chair and waited outside York College for nearly two hours before his 8 a.m. vaccine appointment. He was the first in line to get the shot.

“I trust the science and I want to take it because I want to walk free,” Misthelel said.

On Wednesday, the new COVID vaccine mega-site opened in Queens with long lines, as did one at Medgar Evers College in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

“Very emotional. I don’t know what was gonna happen to us in 2021, or we were ever going to be 2021, the way things are going,” said Williamsburg resident Aida Reyes.

Appointments had been so hard to come by, a pregnant Brooklyn couple stopped at the new site to get a vaccine on the way to the hospital.


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