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According to the assemblymembers, residents who live in the communities that surround Aqueduct Racetrack have had difficulty scheduling appointments to receive vaccinations.
By Forum Staff
Assemblywomen Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Howard Beach) and Jenifer Rajkumar (D-Woodhaven), and Assemblyman Khaleel Anderson (D-South Ozone Park), recently penned a joint letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo requesting priority access for local residents in the neighborhoods surrounding the Aqueduct Racetrack Vaccination Hub to receive appointments for vaccinations.
Currently, residents in the surrounding neighborhoods have had difficulty scheduling appointments to receive vaccinations.
“Having the vaccination hub in this community is incredible, and we are grateful it is here, but the next step is making sure our neighbors have priority access to a vaccine,” Pheffer Amato said. “These communities were some of the hardest hit by the pandemic and still have some of the highest rates of COVID positivity in the entire city. We have come so far in fighting this pandemic, and the vaccine is our light at the end of the tunnel. I’m glad to partner with Assemblymembers Anderson and Rajkumar to fight for our constituents, and look forward to working with the governor’s office to bring this much needed access to our community.”
“Though there is a high demand for COVID-19 vaccinations throughout New York City and New York State that will continue to grow in the weeks ahead, and I am hopeful to see that increased numbers of New Yorkers are making appointments, stakes are high as we ensure that our community members living in areas with the highest COVID-19 positivity rates have equitable access to vaccination appointments at sites in their own neighborhoods,” Anderson said. “I stand in solidarity with my colleagues to demand priority access for our constituents to vaccines at the Aqueduct Racetrack Vaccination Hub.”
The ZIP codes within the assemblymembers’ districts include the neighborhoods of Glendale, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, South Richmond Hill, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Howard Beach, Hamilton Beach, Broad Channel, Breezy Point, Neponsit, Belle Harbor, Rockaway Park, Rockaway Beach, Hammels, Arverne, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, Brookdale, Rosedale and Meadowmere.