New York State expands deployment of COVID-19 community vaccine kits to include site in Buffalo

Posted at 4:27 PM, Jan 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-24 14:02:33-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday that New York State is expanding its deployment of community vaccination kits to include a site in Buffalo.

Community vaccination kit sites will begin opening across the state on Monday including in the Queen City.

The site will open at St. John Baptist Church at 184 Goodell Street on Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The church says the vaccines will be administered by appointment only and the it will be reaching out to members to schedule appointments. As of Sunday all of the appointments have been scheduled and anyone who wishes to receive a vaccine in the future should call the church.

"COVID has created a different dynamic in this country -- I call it low tide in America," Governor Cuomo said. "If you go to the amazing Shirley Chisholm Park and look at the bay during high tide, it looks beautiful, but if you go at low tide, you can see all the ugliness on the bottom. That's what we've seen over this past year during America's low tide - the racism, the discrimination, the inequality - and COVID has only exacerbated that problem. The undeniable fact is that COVID has killed the Black and Latino communities at a higher rate than the white community. There is no getting around that and its why New York has made ensuring fairness and equity in the vaccine distribution such a priority. I understand there is a level of skepticism about the vaccine given how it was managed by the previous administration, but that's why New York did its own review. It's safe, it's effective, and it's the weapon that will win the war, but we will only be successful if everyone is on board."

Each site will offer the following

  • Office Supplies
  • Workstation Equipment
  • Communications Equipment
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Lighting Equipment
  • PPE
  • Crowd/Traffic Control Equipment
  • Vials
  • Syringes
  • Room Dividers
  • Privacy Curtains