Albany FEMA mass vaccination site prepares to open

Kumi Tucker
Updated: March 02, 2021 08:47 PM
Created: March 02, 2021 06:31 PM

ALBANY - There's a lot of work going on at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany.

Some people are actually getting shots there Tuesday as a run-through of sorts, the day before it officially becomes a FEMA mass vaccination site.  

Robert Premus is the FEMA site lead. 

"We've seen a lot of good feedback from the community here, folks thanking us for being here," said Premus. "We're just happy to be here to serve." 

At the site, they can even help make appointments for future dates. 

For one week, people in 11 zip codes in Albany, Schenectady, and Rensselaer counties can get vaccinated at the Armory site. After that, it opens up to all eligible residents of those counties, and they can start making appointments Wednesday morning on the state website. 

Parking is available at the big OGS parking lot off Spruce Street nearby. It's up some stairs and one block away to walk, or CDTA will run shuttles between the Armory and the parking lot. 

"So it's really great so far, everything is set for [Wednesday] for the first day of vaccinations here at the Washington Avenue Armory, we couldn't be more thrilled to host this site for a public health mission," said Armory spokesman Joe Bonilla.  

The staff sees how eager people are to get the vaccine. 

They expect to do 1,000 shots a day there. 

"This is why we do what we do," said Premus. "We live a life of public service, and personally I find this work very rewarding, so I'm very happy to be here." 

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