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Flushing Library is located at 41-17 Main St.
By Michael V. Cusenza
The City will open a new vaccination site at Flushing Library, with plans to open additional sites in partnership with the Queens Public Library system to serve community members in neighborhoods across the borough, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday.
The library, located at 41-17 Main St., will initially replace and expand upon the existing City workforce site in Queens, which is currently operated by FDNY and administering to City employees at John Adams High School in Ozone Park. This new vaccination site, which will initially offer more than 200 appointments per day, will now also include dedicated appointments for eligible Queens residents, and will be open six days a week, from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Additional days and appointments will be available as supply increases citywide.
“Flushing Library is uniquely positioned to serve as a site where the vaccine can be distributed to high numbers of people, given its standing as a trusted center of community, prominent location, heavy foot traffic and convenient access to public transportation,” said Queens Public Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott. “We made the decision to temporarily suspend library service at Flushing only after careful consideration of a number of factors, including the high need in the community and our ability to offer resources at nearby branches. As we work towards our city’s recovery, we recognize that the sooner more people are vaccinated, the sooner our libraries can fully reopen and the better for the public we serve and for our city as a whole.”
Starting March 10, New Yorkers age 60 and above will qualify to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Later this week, eligible New Yorkers can make an appointment at nyc.gov/vaccinefinder or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC.
Flushing Library’s last day of public service will be Thursday, March 11, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. You can pick up any library materials or remote printing requests currently on hold at Flushing through that time.
If you are unable to pick up your requested materials at Flushing, they will be available at Queensboro Hill Library (60-05 Main St. in Flushing) starting Monday, March 15.
“I’m thrilled to have worked with Mayor de Blasio to open a COVID-19 vaccination site at the Flushing Library in Flushing, Queens. I have been advocating for this and I am grateful the mayor is delivering for my constituents,” Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) said. “Nearly a year ago, my district in Queens was at the nexus of the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. We cannot ever go back to those days – and this site will help make sure that we do not. I encourage all eligible residents to get vaccinated when possible. We must get every eligible person vaccinated if we are to safely return to normalcy.”
Details about additional QPL vaccination sites will be announced in the coming weeks, de Blasio said.