Appointments postponed at some NY state-run vaccination sites for second day Tuesday due to winter storm


NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Vaccine appointments have been postponed for a second day at multiple state-run sites across the New York City area because of the major winter storm.

Downstate sites at SUNY Stony Brook, Jones Beach, Aqueduct Racetrack, the Javits Center and the Westchester County Center, which were closed Monday, will also be closed Tuesday. All appointments are being rescheduled.

People with appointments at the mass vaccination sites scheduled for Monday and Tuesday will receive an email or text message rescheduling their vaccination.

Timing of new appointments will be scheduled in alignment with the original appointment's time, if possible.

"This winter storm is already producing large amounts of snow and creating dangerous travel conditions, and it is expected to continue into tomorrow," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "For the safety of both workers and individuals scheduled to receive a vaccination, we will be postponing appointments for tomorrow (Tuesday) at several vaccination sites that are being impacted by this storm. To be clear - no one is losing an appointment -- they will all be rescheduled when conditions are safer."

The state-run mass vaccination sites in Binghamton, Albany, Plattsburgh, Potsdam, Utica, Syracuse and Rochester will open with a delayed start at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Appointments that were previously scheduled before 10 a.m. at those sites will be rescheduled for later in the day. The Buffalo University state vaccination site will be open regular hours with no change to scheduled appointments.

On Monday and Tuesday, appointments at pop-up community vaccination sites will also be postponed, including at the Bartow Community Center, Bronx River Addition, Latino Pastoral Action Center and Edenwald Houses in the Bronx, as well as at Cornerstone Baptist Church and God's Battalion of Prayer Church in Brooklyn.

SOMOS Community Care manages scheduling for the pop-up sites and will directly contact New Yorkers with appointments to inform them of the change.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said vaccination appointments scheduled for Monday and Tuesday would be postponed at 20 vaccination sites and seven clinics in New York City.

Gov. Phil Murphy said all six mega-sites in New Jersey would also be closed Monday and Tuesday, with all appointments rescheduled within the week.