Rep. Maloney Calls On NYC Mayor to Establish A COVID-19 Vaccination Site on Roosevelt Island

Jan 13, 2021
Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today called on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to establish a COVID-19 vaccination site on Roosevelt Island. Roosevelt Island is home to 11,500 New Yorkers, including a significant number of elderly and disabled residents who are part of the high-risk demographic for severe outcomes should they contract COVID-19. The closest vaccination site is more than a mile away, on Vernon Boulevard in Queens, which requires public transportation and puts seniors and people with disabilities at an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19. As residents have expressed and as the Congresswoman notes in her letter to the Mayor, Roosevelt Island needs a local vaccination clinic.

 

In her letter to Mayor de Blasio, the Congresswoman writes, “I believe that vaccine distribution should be easy, accessible, and free for all. For those reasons, I strongly encourage you to add a vaccination site on Roosevelt Island to service Roosevelt Island residents, including seniors and disabled populations, many of whom are veterans. Including a vaccination distribution site on Roosevelt Island is a vital step towards achieving this goal and to ensuring an equitable rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.”

 

The text of the letter is below and a PDF can be found HERE.

 

The Honorable Bill De Blasio

Mayor

Office of the Mayor

City Hall

New York, NY 10007       

 

 

Dear Mayor De Blasio:

 

I write to thank you for your hard work in overseeing the coronavirus vaccination effort in New York City and ensuring that the process is efficient, comprehensive, and equitable. I urge you to further improve access for our elderly and disabled residents by adding a vaccination site on Roosevelt Island.

 

As you are aware, there are approximately 11,500 New Yorkers living on Roosevelt Island, including a significant number of elderly and disabled residents. These constituents are part of the high-risk demographic for severe outcomes should they contract COVID-19, and they do not currently have access to a convenient vaccination site. The closest vaccination site to Roosevelt Island is in Vernon Boulevard, Queens - over a mile away from most of Roosevelt Island’s residential areas. Seniors and people with disabilities who travel to the nearest vaccination site in Queens must face the risk of exposure to COVID-19 through travel and disproportionate physical difficulties in getting to distant vaccination sites, necessitating a closer location.

 

I believe that vaccine distribution should be easy, accessible, and free for all. For those reasons, I strongly encourage you to add a vaccination site on Roosevelt Island to service Roosevelt Island residents, including seniors and disabled populations, many of whom are veterans. Including a vaccination distribution site on Roosevelt Island is a vital step towards achieving this goal and to ensuring an equitable rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Thank you for your attention to this matter and for your leadership in New York City’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

          Sincerely,

 

    CAROLYN B. MALONEY

    Member of Congress

 

CC: Dr. Mitchell Katz, President and CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals