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Statement from Assemblymember Reilly on the nearly three month long wait for a government-led vaccination site on Staten Island’s South Shore

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The following statement is from Assemblymember Michael Reilly (R-Staten Island) on today’s announcement from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio regarding additional vaccination sites for every borough except Staten Island…

“I find it disheartening that another month will soon pass with no word from city officials on the status of repeated requests from myself and my local government colleagues for a permanent and dedicated COVID-19 vaccination site on Staten Island’s South Shore.  Despite proposing several potential locations for city officials to scout, they have failed to follow through on their promises made to both me and my colleagues that they would consider them.

To make matters worse, it was recently announced that the vaccination site at Staten Island Technical High School in New Dorp, which was the nearest government-led vaccination site that my South Shore constituents could reach, would be relocated to Ocean Breeze Athletic Center.

It appears that, instead of making the vaccine easier to access, city and state bureaucrats have only managed to make it more difficult.  What we are witnessing is an operation deficient in leadership and lacking in empathy.”

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