ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced 12 community-based pop-up vaccination sites coming online this week at community centers, public housing complexes, and cultural centers.
Cuomo’s latest list of pop-up sites includes a Mohawk Valley location. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 27 at the Riverfront Center in Amsterdam (located at 1290 Riverfront Center) eligible locals can get vaccinated. 1290 Riverfront Center is the address of the Amsterdam satellite office of Montgomery County Social Services.
The Office of the Governor says that host sites and partner providers will work with local leaders and organizations to identify eligible community members and schedule vaccination appointments. There is no vaccine event taking place at the Riverfront Pharmacy, despite its similar name.
When pop-up sites started, NEWS10’s sister station in Buffalo reached out to the Office of the Governor about how appointments are booked for pop-up sites:
“We partner with the host, whether it be the ministers, housing authority staff or community center head etc. to help identify people, interested members, in the community and communicate availability and help to sign them up for appointments, in order to ensure the sites, as intended are being used by the actual community members. In the event there are still appointments available, you can try to book them through the provider. But they usually go fast.”
These pop-up sites are expected to vaccinate more than 3,700 people throughout the week, with more sites said to be coming online every week. Since January 15, more than 100 community-based pop-up sites administered over 46,000 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine dose. These sites will be re-established after three weeks to administer second doses.
Moving forward as the federal vaccine supply increases, New York will continue to establish these sites at all 33 NYCHA Senior Housing Developments, which house more than 7,600 seniors. Pop-up locations will continue to be established at other public housing complexes statewide, as well as at more than 300 churches and cultural centers. Such locations volunteered to host pop-up sites.