The city’s 15 vaccination hubs were ghost cities last Saturday, and the city’s health department has refused to reveal how poor the distribution was.
On 30 January, a DOH staff stationed at Hillcrest High School Hub in Queens said they did nothing for the whole day.
He said, “You can’t imagine how much it was.”
He Said there were about 70 employees on hand – some earning overtime pay for 12-hour shifts – and about 10 people to be vaccinated.
The activist said several appeals were made to DOH officials to vaccinate people without appointments, and they were refused. He Hubs said there are about 400 to 700 doses.
“We could use that day to vaccinate thousands … and we blew it,” he said
The issue of vacant sites was first brought to light by City Councilman Mark Tregger, who tweeted a video of an empty hub at Coney Island’s Lincoln High School.
George Westinghouse Vocational High School in Brooklyn had a similar problem, Councilman Brad Lander tweeted.
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A DOH spokesman said the hubs were “open to accommodate a limited number of rescheduled appointments from last week.”
But Treger said he was told that the city never updated its web site to reflect availability.
After shutting down its cubs for four days in the city, it was set back for the vaccination program from 21 to 24 January, as it was out of supply.
And the hubs were also closed on Monday and Tuesday due to the snow storm that engulfed the city.
The total number of vaccinations given in the city on 30 January exceeded half the previous day City Vaccine Tracker Site.
The city’s health department said it would not allow a walk-in because “the dose was in short supply and there were also appointments the next day.” It insisted that all doses were used by the end of the weekend.
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Lincoln High School Hub allowed Tregger to walk-in after tweeting about the problem.
“It seemed as if they were planning to stop vaccinating anyone with vaccine doses someday, which is unacceptable,” he said.