At the height of the back-to-school vaccination rush and in a month dedicated to spreading immunization awareness, the city Department of Health is shutting down the only free-immunization clinic in Queens next week.
Closures at both the Corona, Queens and Tremont, Bronx health centers are scheduled to take place at the crucial time before children need the required immunizations to attend school. The families depending on these services must make their way to the Fort Greene Health Center in Greenpoint, Brooklyn starting Aug. 21.
District Council 37, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), Commissioner on the Public’s Health System Anthony Feliciano, and other community leaders gathered at the Corona Clinic Wednesday to protest what they called “a threat to public health and safety.” The threat came without warning or community input, according to District Council 37.
According to plans set in place by the Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Corona Health Center on Junction Boulevard is set to close weeks before the start of school.
The services provided by the Corona and Tremont Health Center in the Bronx will no longer be available to children, particularly low-income and immigrant families, in need of a public health functions.
On Aug. 14, elected officials along with Local 436 at District Council 37 rallied in front of the Corona Health Center, demanding the City to push back the closing date.
“We are hoping to keep the pressure on the City at least through the school rush,” said Judith Arroyo, president of Local 436 at District Council 37.
Closing down two of only three remaining immunization clinics in the city seems especially thoughtless and cruel even for an administration that, like Mayor Bloomberg’s, is notorious for its blindness when it comes to the most vulnerable New Yorkers.
Yet that’s what the city’s Department of Health is planning to do at the end of this month.
The clinics are in Corona, Queens, and Tremont in the Bronx, and thousands of people visit them for free vaccinations every year. Their disappearance will impact mostly poor immigrants and low-income people, who will be left with only one immunization center miles away in Fort Greene.
The owner of an Upper East Side restaurant who read in The Post that a downtown eatery was fined $5,000 fine just for placing an ad for “waitresses” is issuing a call to arms against the gender-based penalties.
“This is an outrage, and more restaurants need to share their stories so this nonsense is stopped,” Giuseppe Bruno wrote to The Post.
“Someone needs to help these restaurants.”
State Sen. José Peralta (D-Queens) slammed the agency for targeting “unintentionally gendered language.”
“Of the 53 discrimination settlements reported by the commission in 2014, 18 — or more than a third of all settlements — are for this sort of case,” Peralta said