Updated: March 01, 2021 05:56 PM
Created: March 01, 2021 01:22 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — There are still 17,000 vaccination spots left at the mass COVID-19 vaccination site on St. Paul Street for the Kodak Hawkeye pop-up site.
Right now, that site is open only to those in under-served communities
“These next couple of days we really want to encourage residents to get signed up,” commissioner of Rochester’s Department of Recreation and Human Services Daniele Lyman-Torres said.
City leaders said the goal was for equity for city, Black and Brown residents and many in under-served communities with a qualifying condition the option to get their spot in line.
“The need to have an accessible vaccination location is great and having this site is wonderful and is going to help the key is getting people to the site,” Lyman-Torres said.
Lyman-Torres said as of now only 11,000 people have signed up and there are still 17,000 spots left for the next two days until it opens for everyone else.
“There have been mailers, there have been robocalls, some canvassing door to door,” Lyman-Torres said. “A lot of that happened this weekend and info was delivered to people's homes."
Lyman-Torres said even with those efforts, a week isn't enough time as many people in these areas don't have access to technology or transportation.
“If they don't have transportation and they need facilitated enrollment or help getting the appointment, we want them to call 311. We want city residents to call 311 and we have people standing by to help over the phone enroll people,” Lyman-Torres said. “If people are able to walk into an R-Center or library or want support getting an appointment we have people there to help as well.”
The city has requested an extension from the state to get more time for people to sign up, but Lyman-Torres said you should sign up now in case that doesn't happen
“We have no heard back on that so at this time we have to move forward as if it's going to be opened up to the rest of the community at 8 a.m. as we suspect it will be,” Lyman-Torres said.
To be eligible, you have to live in one in a neighborhood in one of the following ZIP codes:
You can check out a ZIP code map of Rochester here.
If you live in one of the designated ZIP codes, you can still sign up here. As a reminder, to qualify for a vaccine, you must still be eligible by state guidelines. This includes being 65 years old, or older, a frontline worker or having a certain underlying health condition.
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