A vacant store at the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst will serve as a Covid vaccination site, Mayor de Blasio announced Monday.
The vaccines will be offered at the former Modell’s sporting goods site at 58-56 92 St., which closed last year.
The site opened Monday and runs from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day except Sundays, when it is closed.
“I’m pleased to learn about this new vaccination site at the Queens Center mall,” said Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing). “This is welcome news for the area and I thank the mayor for continuing to establish more vaccine locations such as this important site.”
For information on the Elmhurst site, visit vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/locations/660.
The one shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine was to be offered but instead the Moderna vaccine will be issued.
Federal health authorities recommended Johnson & Johnson pause injections around the country after a half-dozen people suffered blood clots.
Last Friday, Meng wrote to de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo asking for a mass vaccination site in the western part of her district, which also includes Middle Village, Maspeth, Glendale and parts of Ridgewood and Woodhaven.
The letters were also signed by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Long Island City), Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar (D-Woodhaven), Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth) and Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village). “In light of many mass vaccination sites being established across the five boroughs, and an increase in vaccine supply, our constituents in Western Queens must have a more local vaccination site to continue our City’s battle against Covid-19,” the letters read.
Following Monday’s announcement, Meng continues to call for a site in the western portion of the district.
“As I have said, everybody deserves easy access to the vaccine, and that includes all of my constituents,” she said.
The Queens Center location is one of five new sites de Blasio announced Monday — one in each borough.