STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The South Shore of Staten Island will be getting a city-run vaccination site on April 8, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday.
The much-needed site will open at the former St. Joseph St. Thomas school, located at50 Maguire Avenue.
South Shore residents have complained about the lengthy travel to one of the borough’s other vaccination sites. The closest site was at Staten Island Technical High School, which was shuttered two weeks ago when high schools reopened citywide.
The site was relocated to the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Father Capodanno Boulevard, which is further away from the South Shore than the previous location.
“We had conveyed the need to have ample parking and ADA accessibility and it would be tough to find a better location than this,” Borelli said. “I thank Pastor Dillon and all his parishioners for opening their doors.”
The assemblyman said a fixed city-run COVID-19 testing site is still needed for the South Shore, as it only has mobile sites since the closing of Mt. Loretto in February.
Empire Outlets has been operating from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.
New York will get 1.65 million vaccines every week by the end of April as part of a vaccine “supercharge.” The 1.65 million doses represent a 33% on-average increase from current shipments.