By Amanda Moses
Get ready to roll up your sleeves because eligible New York residents can now get their COVID-19 vaccine at 1310 Pennsylvania Avenue (1st floor).
The vaccination site is located at 1310 Pennsylvania Avenue in Spring Creek Towers (SCT), right next to the post office. It is open seven days a week from 8am to 6pm through the summer and operated by Cityblock (a local community health provider with an already existing presence in East New York,) with clinicians on hand at the site to administer doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
The vaccination site was opened on March 18th, to provide vaccine equity to residents in East New York, 50% of all doses administered from this location are set aside for SCT residents and for Cityblock’s existing clients.
Eligibility guidelines in New York State have expanded to allow anyone age 16 years or older to register to receive the vaccine. If you are a resident of SCT and meet these requirements you can make an appointment by stopping by the site or calling 718-240-4646 (this number is reserved for Spring Creek Towers residents only). Again, a portion of the appointments allotted are reserved for residents of Spring Creek Towers but if all of the slots are not filled by 5pm the day before, these appointments are released to the general public. Anyone who resides outside of the community can still make an appointment through vaccinefinder.nyc.gov and search zip code 11239.
If you need assistance signing up for vaccines, you can visit the vaccination center at 1310 Pennsylvania Avenue and speak with a Cityblock team member who can schedule an appointment for you. After receiving the first vaccination (the Pfizer vaccine requires two separate appointments to be fully inoculated) patients are asked to wait 15-20 minutes in an observation area to ensure there is no adverse reaction. During this time, a second appointment is made for those who need it.
“We are here to provide the vaccination, also to answer questions that folks may have about the vaccine as well. We have some of our wonderful clinicians here, and if the clients would like to come by and even see the space and understand what the process is like, we are happy to help them,” said Theresa Coffin, Director of Practice Operations at Cityblock Health.
In addition to any questions about the vaccination site, Cityblock Health has a host of information on the Pfizer vaccine to give to clients.
“One other thing I would just like the community to know is that, if English is not their first language, we do have many workers here who speak multiple languages and we also have access to an interpreter service. So, we can accommodate Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese and other languages including Spanish,” Coffin added.
Arlyne Audige lives in Queens and decided to trek over to Spring Creek Towers because a friend shared their wonderful experience there.
“I wanted to take the level of precautions to be safer for everybody,” Audige said. She wants things to start moving to some sort of semblance of normalcy, but the only way to do that, Audige says, is by getting vaccinated.
Spring Creek Towers also has a COVID-19 testing site at 1279 Pennsylvania Avenue, which is also open seven days a week from 9 am to 7 pm.
Photos by Amanda Moses