Mass Vaccination Center At Stony Brook Southampton Campus Opens Friday

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Rose Smith, RN, takes a bundle of syringes loaded with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from Dr. Gail Schoenfeld during a vaccination session in East Hampton earlier this month. MICHAEL HELLER

New York State will open a mass vaccination site at the Stony Brook Southampton college campus on Friday, March 19, with appointments for up to 1,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine available each day.

A number of local pharmacies are also expecting to start offering regular vaccination appointments this week as well.

The state’s “Am I Eligible” online portal began offering appointments for those eligible at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 17. All appointments at the college facility are being arranged only through the online portal, at am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov or by calling the state vaccination hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).

The site will be open to all eligible people anywhere in the state and will offer appointments from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Two other new mass vaccination sites will open on Long Island this week also: at the Suffolk County Community College campus in Brentwood and at the SUNY Old Westbury campus.

“We’re committed to quickly expanding the state’s vaccine distribution network to get shots in arms as quickly and efficiently as possible, and these three sites will help Long Islanders access the vaccine and gain some peace of mind as we continue battling the pandemic,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement announcing the launch of the new vaccination centers on Monday. “We’ll continue expanding our distribution network and vaccinating more New Yorkers as the state receives more supply, and those efforts will help us ensure the state moves through this challenging time together.”

In addition to the state site, the CVS Pharmacy stores in Southampton Village, Center Moriches and Patchogue will begin offering COVID-19 vaccination shots this week and are currently taking appointments for anyone over the age of 60.

Appointments can be made at CVS.com, by clicking the COVID-19 vaccine information link.

The pharmacy chain announced this week that it will begin receiving supplies of the newly approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires only one shot to be effective, rather than two like the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines that have made up the bulk of the more than 6 million doses that have been administered in New York State since December.

The Walgreens pharmacy in Bridgehampton is also offering vaccination appointments through the corporation’s website, walgreens.com.

Both pharmacy chains have new availability regularly and have recommended that people check their websites regularly for openings. Pharmacies will be offering vaccinations only to those 60 years old and up.

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, which has administered approximately 10,000 doses of the vaccine since December, also recommends on its online portal that local residents check the site regularly for vaccine appointments as new dose allocations often come up with little notice.

New York State expanded the eligibility of the vaccine this week to those of at least 60 years of age and older and is expanding the pool of essential workers who are eligible as well.

Those with co-morbidities or who work in frontline essential jobs will be getting shots from state and county allocations.

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