April 23, 2021
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Five New Pop-Up Vaccination Sites with Walk-In Appointments for New York City Bodega, Grocery Store and Supermarket Workers

Governor Cuomo Announces Five New Pop-Up Vaccination Sites with Walk-In Appointments for New York City Bodega, Grocery Store and Supermarket Workers

Sites Located in All Five Boroughs Open to All Eligible New Yorkers; Walk-in Appointments Limited to Bodega, Grocery Store and Supermarket Workers with Proof of Employment

State to Partner with SOMOS Community Care, Urban Health Plan, United Bodegas of America, National Supermarket Association, RWDSU

Each Site to Receive Total of 400 Doses, with Doses Set Aside for Workers; Make Appointments for SOMOS Sites Here and Urban Health Plan Site by Calling 718-589-4755

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced five new pop-up vaccination sites that will take walk-in appointments for New York City bodega, grocery store and supermarket workers. The sites, which will be located in all five boroughs, will each receive a total of 400 doses for the duration of their existence, including doses set aside for the workers. The sites are open to all eligible New Yorkers, but only bodega, grocery store and supermarket workers with proof of employment can walk in to get vaccinated. New York State will partner with SOMOS Community Care and Urban Health Plan to administer vaccines at the sites. Eligible New Yorkers can make appointments for the SOMOS sites here and for the Urban Health Plan site by calling 718-589-4755.

"We're making great strides in vaccinating New Yorkers throughout the state, but we have to make sure we're reaching every population in every community," Governor Cuomo said. "Essential workers were the ones who put their own safety on the line to ensure we could weather this pandemic and we owe them an enormous debt of gratitude for their tremendous service. That's why these new pop-up vaccination sites are so important--they will make it easier for bodega, grocery store and supermarket workers, who have worked every single day to provide an essential service, to get vaccinated and protect themselves, their families and their communities from COVID-19."


The new pop-up sites being established for these workers are located at the addresses below. Each SOMOS Community Care site will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Urban Health Plan site will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bodega, grocery store and supermarket workers will need to show proof of employment.

Urban Health Plan
1054 Simpson St
Bronx, NY
Open: Monday, April 26 - Sunday, May 2

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club
2245 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY
Open: Saturday, May 1

Mission Society
646 Malcom X Blvd
New York, NY
Open: Saturday, April 24

Iglesia Centro Cristiano Juda
111-36 Roosevelt Ave
Flushing, NY
Open: Thursday, April 29

Manor Superette
927 Manor Rd
Staten Island, NY 
Open: Wednesday, April 28

We're making great strides in vaccinating New Yorkers throughout the state, but we have to make sure we're reaching every population in every community,

Governor Cuomo

RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum said, "Essential workers have put their lives at risk to serve us in supermarkets, grocery stores and bodegas for the duration of the pandemic, and we owe them the support they need to get vaccinated for COVID-19. I am glad to see Governor Cuomo take action to help these workers by providing walk-in appointments for them throughout New York City. A robust vaccination program is critical to our success defeating this pandemic as a state, and this new effort moves us a step in the right direction to vaccinate this vital population."  

UBA President Radhamés Rodriguez said, "Bodega, grocery store and supermarket workers have put in countless hours providing an essential service throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and I welcome the announcement that walk-in appointments will be made available for them in the five boroughs. Governor Cuomo has led the way to make sure all New Yorkers get vaccinated, not just those with the best access to healthcare institutions, and this announcement will further those efforts in an important population. COVID-19 remains a threat in our communities, but we're making progress vaccinating New Yorkers every single day, and this effort to help protect these workers will help keep our state moving forward. UBA represents 14,000 bodegas in New York City and are ready to answer to Governor's call to get our workforce vaccinated."

NSA President William Rodriguez said, "NSA greatly appreciates Governor Cuomo's commitment to ensuring that frontline and essential workers like supermarket employees continue to be prioritized for vaccination. We are proud to partner with his administration to ensure that there are dedicated sites for our employees to receive their vaccinations in a quick and efficient manner."  

Governor Cuomo Announces Five New Pop-up Vaccination Sites With Walk-in Appointments for New York City Bodega, Grocery Store and Supermarket Workers

New York State continues to open community-based pop-up vaccination sites in underserved communities across the state. Since January 15, more than 200 community-based pop-up sites have administered more than 77,000 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

This continued development of community-based 'pop up' vaccination sites furthers Governor Cuomo's mandate of ensuring the fair and equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. In late 2020, the Governor announced the launch of New York's Vaccine Equity Task Force chaired by Secretary of State Rossana Rosado, Urban League President & CEO Marc Morial, and HealthfirstPresident & CEO Pat Wang. Since its establishment, the Task Force has continued work to ensure vulnerable and underserved communities are not left behind by breaking down the barriers to vaccination and ensuring there is equitable distribution of the vaccine across the state.

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