Letters to the Editor — Feb. 3, 2021

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Letters to the Editor — Feb. 3, 2021

The Issue: New Yorkers’ difficulty in getting the COVID vaccine under the current distribution system.

My husband is 81 and I am 77. We spend most of our days scouring the Internet trying to find appointments for the COVID vaccine (“Tragic snub of grannies,” Feb. 1).

The lack of information and planning for the vaccine in New York is stunning. It was known for months that the vaccine was on its way, yet Gov. Cuomo failed yet again to plan for the rollout. And so the “most vulnerable” have been left out again.

Let’s stop the pretense that our needs are important. Grandpa and Grand­ma are only important if they are related to someone important.

Regina Salvi, Carmel

I am so sick and tired of our exalted New York leaders telling us about the racial gap in New York City vaccines (“Racial gap in NYC vax,” Feb. 1).

Did they have the horrendous job of trying to get through to the centers that are administering this precious fluid? Not everyone has a computer or a smartphone or is fluent in the English language.

Help the people who can’t navigate the system, and perhaps there will be less disparity.

I, for one (a white, 91-plus person), tried and gave up. My daughter got involved and got me on a few hubs that were open. I finally got my shot on Jan. 27 at a small pharmacy. So stop making this a racial story and get help to those who need it most.

S. Kane

Brooklyn

Mayor de Blasio is quoted as saying: “We’ve got a problem of privilege, clearly, where folks who have been privileged have been able to access the [vaccines] with greater ease.”

My wife and I, who are 74 and 73, heard of a site in Brooklyn that was giving vaccinations on a first-come, first-served basis.

We went there, waited on a line for 2 ¹/₂ hours, just like everyone else, and received the vaccine. Anyone could have done exactly what we did. Nobody received any preferential treatment.

The people on the line and the medical staff were multiracial. Everyone was polite and friendly.

It is becoming tiresome listening to the mayor cover up for his mismanagement by creating division between the races.

André Montero

Brooklyn

The Post stated that Yankee Stadium would be open as a COVID vaccine center. Great news, but only if you are a Bronx resident.

There are many vaccine centers open in the New York City area, but the one center in Westchester, the County Center in White Plains, is not taking reservations.

Looks like the state has turned its back once again on the aged population in Westchester. Great work, Cuomo.

I guess he knows he has lost the support of the over-75 population and just doesn’t give a damn.

Maybe it’s the right time for him to step aside before more deaths can be attributed to his neglect.

A. Baio

Westchester

SoulCycle instructor Stacey Griffith came to Staten Island to get her COVID vaccine, claiming she’s an educator. That’s a huge slap in the face to real educators everywhere (“Pedal-Pushing It, Lady!” Feb. 1).

In addition, she is not part of any priority group entitled to a vaccine at this time.

I go online and call every day trying to get appointments for my 89-year-old mother and my husband and me (both over 65, and all with underlying conditions), with no success.

Yet Griffith can get an appointment and a shot and laugh about it. There’s nothing funny here. Griffith, and others like her who jump the line, ought to be fined. She should be ashamed.

Annemarie Milewski

Staten Island

The first page of Monday’s Post showed a quirky, healthy, non-essential (despite her opinion) cycling instructor who got her vaccine.

How nice for her. I’m not teaching rich people how to pedal a stationary bike, but I am 71, immune compromised and dealing with my second recurrence of cancer, and I can’t even get an appointment.

I suppose since I’m not essential, I’m expendable.

Ann Tilden

Brooklyn

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