Lincoln HS in Coney Island this morning. Mostly staff and almost no one getting vaccinated. Irony is the city’s website says no appointments are available for my constituents today, but no one is there & they’re sitting on vaccine supply. This is unacceptable @nycHealthy ! pic.twitter.com/6jXOnyndSs— Mark Treyger (@MarkTreyger718) January 30, 2021
The city’s 15 vaccination hubs were ghost towns last Saturday, and the city Department of Health is refusing to reveal just how bad distribution went.
One DOH staffer stationed at the Hillcrest High School hub in Queens on Jan. 30 said he did nothing all day.
“You cannot imagine how much nothing it was,” he said of the demoralizing day.
He said there were about 70 workers on hand — some earning overtime pay for 12-hour shifts — and about 10 people to vaccinate.
The worker said several appeals were made to DOH officials to be able to vaccinate people without appointments, and they were denied. He said the hubs had about 400 to 700 doses.
“We could have used that day to vaccinate thousands of people … and we just blew it,” he said
As desperate New Yorkers scramble to get the COVID-19 vaccine, one Brooklyn clinic stood largely devoid of recipients Saturday morning.
A video of the vaccination hub at Abraham Lincoln High School in Coney Island showed plenty of gowned workers ready to jab arms and few, if any, patients.
“This is crazy. This is nuts. This is insane,” a woman can be heard saying in the video as the camera pans empty vaccination stations. It was tweeted by Councilman Mark Treyger, who said it came from a worker at the site.
A furious Treyger, who represents Coney Island, called the situation “unacceptable.”
“There is no excuse for what happened today,” he said.
The city Department of Health blamed the problem on its website not being updated “to show that there is availability,” Treyger said.