You are reading

AOC and Maloney Call on De Blasio to Open Vaccination Sites at HANAC Facilities in Queens

HANAC George T Douris Tower located at 2740 Hoyt Ave S, Astoria (Google)

March 4, 2021 By Christian Murray

Two Congresswomen are calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to open COVID-19 vaccination sites at five senior housing facilities in Queens that are managed by HANAC.

Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Carolyn Maloney penned a letter to the Mayor Monday asking him to add the buildings that are overseen by the Hellenic-American Action committee to the list of vaccination sites.

Three of the five buildings are in Astoria, with the other two in Flushing and Corona. The buildings contain a total of 650 senior affordable housing units.

HANAC PCA Senior Residence located at 31-34 33rd St. in Astoria (Google)

The congresswomen say that residents of these buildings are primarily low-income seniors. “These residents—our constituents—are part of the high-risk demographic for severe outcomes…yet currently they do not have access to a convenient vaccination site.”

The letter notes that a large number of the residents have mental and physical disabilities that make it difficult for them to travel to the nearest vaccination site. Furthermore, many of these residents, they say, don’t have the technological literacy to reserve a vaccination appointment for themselves online—despite being eligible.

“Vaccine distribution should be easy, accessible and free for all,” the congresswomen wrote. “That is why we ask that you give full and fair consideration to adding on-site vaccination sites at each of the HANAC affordable housing residences.”

A spokesperson for the mayor’s office did not say whether the city would open sites at the HANAC facilities, just that more vaccination sites will be coming on line.

“We’ve opened roughly 400 sites…including neighborhood clinics, vaccine hubs, NYCHA pop-ups and more,” a spokesperson said. “We continue to seek creative new ways to provide vaccinations to New Yorkers where they are. As new sites are able to come online—which is supply dependent—we will continue to announce them.”

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Maloney Request Vaccination Sites at HANAC Locations by Queens Post on Scribd

email the author: [email protected]

One Comment

Click for Comments 

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

3 men sought for armed robbery in East Elmhurst home invasion near LaGuardia Airport: NYPD

The NYPD is looking for three men who allegedly robbed an East Elmhurst man of tens of thousands of dollars during a home invasion early Monday morning.

Police from the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights responded to a 911 call of an armed robbery at a townhouse located at 108-09 Ditmars Blvd. near 29th Avenue just south of LaGuardia Airport.
The victim had pulled up in front of his home just before 2 a.m. when he was approached by three suspects. One of them pulled out a firearm and forced him inside the townhouse where they stole around $30,000 in cash and a safe that contained an unspecified amount of jewelry, before exiting and driving off in a silver four-door SUV, police said.