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March 29, 2021

Announcement follows Jones’ letter to Governor Cuomo calling for a state-run vaccination site in Rockland County

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY) released the following statement announcing a mass COVID-19 vaccination site in Rockland County, which the Congressman had been advocating for months in direct conversations with Governor Cuomo and his staff, and which the Congressman called for in a letter to Governor Cuomo early this month:

“For months, as New York State opened dozens of state-run mass vaccination sites all across New York, Rockland County was left behind until now,” said Congressman Jones. “After repeated calls by myself and my colleagues in the state legislature for Governor Cuomo to take action, Rockland is finally getting a mass, state-run vaccination site. It was unacceptable that the people of Rockland, which has the overall highest rate of COVID-19 infection in the state, have gone this long without their own vaccination site. I said this to Governor Cuomo directly by phone in early February, and my staff has been working hard for months to convey to the Governor’s staff the urgency of Rockland needing its own mass vaccination site. I’m grateful for the partnership of my colleagues at the state and local level in our fight to correct this injustice, and I’ll keep working to ensure an equitable and efficient vaccination effort across our congressional district and beyond.”

This announcement comes after Jones sent a letter early this month to Governor Cuomo and State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker reiterating his months-long request to open a state-run mass vaccination site in Rockland County, one of the counties hardest hit by COVID-19 in the state.

The Rockland vaccination center is expected to open this Thursday, April 1, 2021. Eligible residents can begin scheduling appointments for the site tomorrow, March 30 at 8 a.m. by visiting New York State’s 'Am I Eligible' website or by calling the state's COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-697-4829.

Since the pandemic began, Rockland has recorded more than 39,000 positive cases of COVID-19, and as of March 4, 2021, 689 Rocklanders have died due to the pandemic. Over 12% of county residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, the highest positivity rate of any county in all of New York State.

About Mondaire: Mondaire Jones is the 33-year-old Congressman from New York’s 17th District, serving Westchester and Rockland Counties. He serves on the House Judiciary, Education and Labor, and Ethics Committees and is the first openly gay, Black member of Congress. A product of East Ramapo public schools, Mondaire was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps in the Village of Spring Valley by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family. He later graduated from Stanford University, worked at the Department of Justice during the Obama Administration, and graduated from Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit Rising Leaders, Inc. and has previously served on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and on the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Most recently, Mondaire worked as a litigator in the Westchester County Law Department. In November, Mondaire was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be the Freshman Representative to Leadership, making him the youngest member of the Democratic House leadership team. In December, Jones was appointed a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and became a Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus. Mondaire was born and raised in Rockland, and resides in Westchester.