New York Setting Up New COVID Mass Vaccination Sites

CBS2's Jessica Moore reports on a big announcement for New Yorkers eager to get the coronavirus vaccine.

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MARY CALVI: Out of the pandemic, a big announcement for New Yorkers eager to get the coronavirus vaccine. CBC's Jessica Moore joins us from Upper West Side with details on all of this. Jessica.

JESSICA MOORE: Well, Mary good news today for the millions of New Yorkers waiting to get their vaccine. Governor Cuomo just announced the creation of two new mass vaccination sites in New York that will serve underserved communities. One will be at York College in Jamaica, Queens, the other at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.

These will be federal sites. They'll receive special federal dose allocation of shots. Also today, the CDC is out with new mask recommendations to help people protect themselves against the virus.

Two announcements from the White House Coronavirus Task Force this morning, including FEMA and the CDC will partner in building new mass vaccination sites across the country. The White House also announced a new COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.

MARCELLA NUNEZ-SMITH: As the pandemic has progressed over the past year, so too have the inequities. Beating this pandemic is hard work, and beating this pandemic while making sure that everyone in every community has a fair chance to stay safe or to regain their health, well, that's the hard work and the right way.

JESSICA MOORE: The task force also said, while cases and hospitalizations continue to fall, mask-wearing is still extremely important.

ROCHELLE WALENSKY: The science is clear. Everyone needs to be wearing a mask when they are in public or when they are in their own home but with people who do not live in their household. This is especially true with our ongoing concern about new variants spreading in the United States.

Masks offer two kinds of protection. When I wear a mask, it protects you and it. Protects me but to get the most protection possible, we all have to wear them.

JESSICA MOORE: Dr. Walensky said new science shows properly-fitting masks reduce exposure by up to 95%, prompting the CDC to update its mask recommendations.

ROCHELLE WALENSKY: This includes wearing a mask with a moldable nose wire, knotting the ear loops on your mask, or wearing a cloth mask over a procedure or disposable mask.

JESSICA MOORE: Today Dr. Anthony Fauci also encouraged people who are immunocompromised to get the vaccine if one becomes available to them. That includes pregnant women. He says the risk for adverse reactions is extremely low. He also said today that they plan to start clinical trials in children with the COVID-19 vaccine soon.

On the Upper West Side, Jessica Moore, CBS 2 News.

MARY CALVI: Jessica, thank you.