Covid-19 Vaccine Frustrations

Updated: Feb 7, 2021

District 43 City Council Member Justin Brannan posted this notice on Facebook, but we thought it might be helpful or at least reassuring to so many of you who have not been able to secure a vaccine appointment. Thanks to his office for permission to post it here.

Remember, you can contact Bay Ridge Center for help with the process also: 718-748-0650.

I want to reiterate a few things about the vaccine, as I think it bears repeating, because the messaging around this has been terrible.

1) We do not have enough vaccines. All roads lead back to this problem. We have millions and millions of people who are eligible for the vaccine in NYC, and we are only receiving less than 200,000 doses per week of the vaccine from the federal government. Right now, vaccine eligibility does not equal vaccine availability. Just because you are eligible does not mean there is a vaccine on the shelf with your name on it.

2) The best place to make an appointment for the vaccine is the city's website. The site has recently been re-developed and is easier to use: We recommend refreshing the page multiple times, and trying the site on lower-traffic hours (early in the morning and late in the day).

3) We are working with City Hall to bring more vaccination sites to the district, and are pressuring the city to develop solutions for vaccinating homebound folks. But neither will take effect before we get more vaccines.

YES, it is ridiculous that getting an appointment for a vaccine is harder than getting concert tickets. But NO, this will not go on forever. Our major limiting factor is vaccine availability. The city currently has the capacity to vaccinate 500,000 people per week, but we don't have the vaccines to do so. As soon as that supply line improves, this will become markedly easier for everyone.

I know this is frustrating. Hang in there. Try to summon the patience. We will absolutely get to a point where everyone who wants a vaccine can easily get them. It will take time, but we will get there.

As always, my team and I are here to answer any questions you have. And if we don't have the answer, we will get it.

Justin Brannan - website

(718) 748-5200

And once again, remember, you can contact Bay Ridge Center for help with the process also: 718-748-0650. We also keep links to make a vaccine appointment on our website's Covid-19 page. Did you read Marianne Nicolosi's essay on getting the vaccine in our latest Chatterbox?

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