New vaccination sites target minority communities across Hudson Valley

New vaccination sites are popping up all across the Hudson Valley - from churches in Mount Vernon and Poughkeepsie to the MLK Center in Spring Valley.
Velma McKenzie-Orr says she battled coronavirus and has lived to tell the tale, and now on Thursday, she'll be able to rid her virus fears once and for all.
She will be one of 500 seniors in Mount Vernon expected to get the Pfizer COVID-19 over the next two days at a special pop-up clinic sponsored by the Grace Baptist Church and the Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center.
The pop-up is part of a state-run program championed by Rev. Franklyn Richardson aimed at getting people in minority communities to access the shot.
According to research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are major racial disparities nationwide over who can get access to the vaccines with members of minority communities lagging way behind.
Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson Howard says it's time to turn the tide on the racial disparities, and that the pop-up clinic is a step in the right direction.
Vaccination sites by appointment only in the Hudson Valley:
Grace Baptist Church
52 S. 6th Avenue
Mt. Vernon, NY
Open Thursday, Feb. 4 and Friday, Feb. 5 - By Appointment Only
Provider Partnership: Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center
Nodine Hill Community Center
140 Fillmore Street
Yonkers, NY
Open Thursday, Feb. 4 - Saturday, Feb. 6 - By Appointment Only
Provider Partnership: Sun River Health
Beulah Baptist Church
92 Catharine Street
Poughkeepsie, NY
Open Friday, Feb. 5 - By Appointment Only
Provider Partnership: WMCHealth Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital
MLK Center
110 Bethune Boulevard
Spring Valley, NY
Open Friday, Feb. 5 and Saturday, Feb. 6 - By Appointment Only
Provider Partnership: Sun River Health
Newburgh Armory Unity Center
321 S. William Street
Newburgh, NY
Open Saturday, Feb. 6 - By Appointment Only
Provider Partnership: Montefiore St. Luke's Hospital
Kiley Youth Center
709 Main Street
Peekskill, NY
Open Saturday, Feb. 6 - By Appointment Only
Provider Partnership: New York Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital