Paterson mayor considers houses of worship as new vaccination sites for underserved communities

Paterson will be one of the cities that is part of the Gov. Phil Murphy's plan to open extra vaccination sites in underserved areas in partnership with FEMA.

News 12 Staff

Feb 14, 2021, 11:03 PM

Updated 1,256 days ago

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Paterson will be one of the cities that is part of the Gov. Phil Murphy's plan to open extra vaccination sites in underserved areas in partnership with FEMA.
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Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh says thousands have been vaccinated at International High School so far.
However, less than 1% were African American males, which Sayegh says is a concern, and a major bridge he wants to gap through this new program with the state.
The locations and opening dates are not established yet in Paterson, but the mayor says it's in the works.
"We're looking to do two, so we're identifying houses of worship because people feel more comfortable. We got to get over the fact that there's some hesitancy," Sayegh says. "There's a reluctance, so in order to assuage anyone's concerns and fears…we feel like a house of worship would be suitable."
He says the plan is to have one of the locations be an African American church and the other be a Latin American church.
The major keys to what will make these sites work is that they have to be ADA compliant, have wide hallways and have all the emergency exits work.
The mayor says the locations are aimed at being decided on by this week and are hoped to open within the next two weeks.




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