New York State must open a mass COVID-19 vaccination site at the Nassau Coliseum as it has done at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field.
Recently, Governor Cuomo has opened up mass vaccination sites in New York City that are only available to either New York City residents and workers or residents of specific boroughs. In contrast, Nassau County vaccine sites are open to all eligible people regardless of residency, and frequently serve residents of New York City who can’t get appointments at City sites. While the numbers are improving, the Long Island region continues to have COVID-19 positive percentages that are among the highest in New York State.
Nassau County also has among the highest percentage of senior citizens not just in New York State but the entire country, and it is more difficult for seniors and those with underlying conditions to travel distances to get their vaccinations.
As a result, the Nassau County Legislative Majority earlier this month called on the governor to open a mass vaccination site at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale. Our calls have thus far been ignored.
This mass vaccination site will allow more residents to get tested, lower our infection rate, and allow more businesses to open and continue to rebuild. The location is ideal with plenty of space and parking to accommodate staffing and provide the necessary protocols to maintain safe social distancing. As the supply of doses begins to flow again, the site could also help handle larger amounts of individuals on a daily basis.
Please sign my petition and join me in urging Governor Cuomo to open a mass vaccination site at Nassau Coliseum.