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Vaccination site to open at former Babies R Us building in New Springville

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Staten Island is getting another vaccination site, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday, this time in the Mid-Island section of the borough.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site will open at the former Babies R Us building, located at 2655 Richmond Ave. in New Springville.

The mayor said it will open this week but did not provide a specific date. A city Department of Health (DOH) spokesman told the Advance/ more information about the site will be shared in the coming days.

When the vaccination site does open, it will operate between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., the spokesman said.

“I know there was concern about getting additional sites open on Staten Island,” de Blasio said when making the announcement.

De Blasio thanked Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Mid-Island), who he said advocated for a site in his district and recommended the city consider the former Babies R Us location.

“I was glad to work with the Mayor, NYC Dept. of Health, Northwell Health, and the [Staten Island University Hospital] leadership team to identify this site, advocate for its use, and finally bring it to fruition. Staten Island must not be overlooked in the citywide efforts to vaccinate as many New Yorkers as quickly as possible. Getting a mass vaccination site up and running at a Mid-Island location is a crucial step towards getting all eligible Staten Islanders vaccinated as soon as possible,” Cusick said.

Mid-Island Councilman Steven Matteo had also been advocating for a vaccination site that would serve his constituents and the people of Staten Island and had previously suggested the city look at the Staten Island Mall as a location.

“I have been advocating for the use of this location as a vaccination hub for many months now, so I am pleased the mayor’s office has finally agreed,” Matteo said. “This is an ideal, centralized location that will be very convenient for many Staten Island residents and the more opportunities that Islanders have to get vaccinated, the better.”

“I want to thank the Staten Island Mall and their management for their willingness to work with us to make this a reality,” he continued.

Last week the long-awaited city-run South Shore vaccination hub opened at St. Joseph St. Thomas school, located at 50 Maguire Ave., after months of advocacy from a collective of Staten Island politicians and residents alike.

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