It’s amazing no one has thought of this before: using senior centers as vaccination hubs for the elderly.
But now a group of 27 City Council members are pursuing this common sense solution.
In a letter sent Friday to Mayor de Blasio, the lawmakers, who hail from both sides of the aisle, urge the city to turn hundreds of senior centers into COVID-19 vaccination hubs to help schedule and distribute the much-needed inoculations.
“Senior centers are already a trusted lifeline for many elderly New Yorkers, providing them with social interaction and information,” says the letter, authored by Queens Democrat Robert Holden.
Eligible city seniors desperate to get the COVID-19 vaccine told The Post they can’t find available slots and are fed up with the convoluted online signup system.
Some just give up.
“I am computer savvy, but there’s people my age that have no clue about getting online and making an appointment. All these people are being left out,” said Frank Rodgers, 71, of Staten Island.
He repeatedly tried to snag slots for himself and his wife, 66, but kept running into walls.
The system, requiring multiple steps online or by phone, “confuses and frustrates” the elderly, the councilmembers’ letter says.
“While many seniors do not necessarily have access to the Internet, they are in frequent contact with their local center,” it adds.
“This would allow the centers to communicate with seniors very effectively and arrange appointments for them to receive the lifesaving vaccine in a familiar, comfortable environment.”
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