New York State closes down COVID-19 mass vaccination sites
New York – As of Thursday, New York is closing its COVID-19 mass vaccination sites, including the site at the State Fairgrounds.
The Citizen quotes Department of Health spokesman Jeffery Hammond as saying “New York state’s mass vaccination sites were originally set up to rapidly deploy the COVID-19 vaccine to the public at large as efficiently as possible,” he said. “Since that time, a network of more than 8,500 providers joined the vaccination effort and now delivers the bulk of vaccinations statewide — with over 39 million doses of vaccines administered to date.”
In January 2021, the Fairgrounds site opened in the Expo Center.
According to the Health Department, demand for mass vaccination sites has decreased because several places started offering vaccines, and also because of the high number of New Yorkers who have been vaccinated.
77.7% of residents are fully vaccinated and 90.9% have received at least one dose, the CDC said.
According to the state Department of Health, 474,417 people received at least one vaccine dose at the state fair.
With the wide distribution of vaccines, the cost of operating the state mass vaccination sites is no longer warranted, the Health Department said.