August 5, 2022

State sets up mass test / vax site at new Johnson City site


Another state-run mass vaccination site is set to open in Johnson City, but it will not be in the Binghamton University Library annex.

Adam Weitsman said he was contacted by the Department of Health two days ago about the possibility of using the old Davis College campus for the facility.

Weitsman said the state will be able to use the gymnasium – known as the Robb Activity Center – to deliver Covid-19 vaccines and tests.

Weitsman said “they really needed it,” so arrangements were made for the site to be used for three months. He said the state would pay the building’s operating expenses.

A rental truck was being unloaded at the Davis College campus on December 15, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph / WNBF News)

The equipment for the new facility was installed on campus on Wednesday afternoon.

A health department supervisor said regular doses and boosters will be offered at the site on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. He said testing would be provided at the facility on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The “soft opening” of the site will take place on Thursday.

People can make an appointment for vaccination online on the website of the Department of Health.

The old Davis College campus is located on Riverside Drive east of Route 201.

Weitsman acquired the 13-acre property in December 2019.

It is not known why the state-owned Binghamton University library located near CFJ Park in Johnson City is not being used for the new vaccination and mass testing operation.

State officials say that site administered around 150,000 doses of the vaccine when it ran for several months earlier this year.

The set-up of the Johnson City vaccination and testing site was overseen by public health and emergency management officials. (Photo: Bob Joseph / WNBF News)

Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: bob@wnbf.com.

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