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Coronavirus hospitalizations are dropping on Long Island while increased shipments of vaccines are arriving, and a push is underway in minority communities to boost confidence in the shot; CBS2's Jennifer McLogan reports.
KRISTINE JOHNSON: Hospitalizations are dropping on Long Island, while increased shipments of vaccines are arriving.
MAURICE DUBOIS: And a push is underway in communities of color to boost confidence. CBS2's Jennifer McLogan reports.
JENNIFER MCLOGAN: Appreciation for NYU Langone healthcare workers, who received Long Island's very first confirmed COVID-19 patient one year ago. The father from Uniondale recovered and made it home, but the battle here rages on.
- I'm a nursing student, and it's so hard to find where to get the vaccine.
- It's hard to get an appointment. You know, everybody's looking for it.
- I'm not sure where to go, but I know that I am trying to get it through my job.
JENNIFER MCLOGAN: In underserved communities, there are distinct barriers.
DOROTHY GOOSBY: Trying to get themselves registered. Many of them do not have a computer. We have many elderly people, you know, who cannot get out as well.
JENNIFER MCLOGAN: So churches and pharmacies are opening their doors, and Memorial Sloan Kettering in Uniondale is offering pop up appointments in partnership with the county.
LAURA CURRAN: Unfortunately, we also have glaring health disparities, and we are focused on targeting those and closing the gap, making access equal and easy for everybody.
JENNIFER MCLOGAN: Yet, some will need convincing. Some minority groups have strong historical reasons to view health authorities with suspicion. Past dangerous and racist health policies, like the US Tuskegee syphilis experiment, understandably creates skepticism,
CAROL BROWN: Knowledge is power. Once you explain to them what's going on, on a scientific level, on a real level, we think that they will be very enthusiastic about getting the vaccine.
JENNIFER MCLOGAN: And that outreach is underway.
- I'm still not going to put it in, but maybe I'll wait.
- I think most of the people, they want they want to get it.
JENNIFER MCLOGAN: You got vaccinated?
JENNIFER MCLOGAN: The county's supplies are increasing, saying optimism is around the corner. On Long Island, Jennifer McLogan, CBS2 News.
MAURICE DUBOIS: Now, the Memorial Sloan Kettering pop up sites on Long Island open tomorrow, and they'll be providing the Moderna vaccine.