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By Alex Agudelo

Since COVID-19 vaccines have been made available nationwide, 28.9 percent of Americans have received at least one dose, according to the CDC. The increase in vaccinated Americans has led to a steady decrease in COVID-19 deaths and cases. As the country enters into this vaccination phase to bring the number of COVID-19 cases down, people realize the importance of getting vaccinated, figuring out where to go, and what to expect once they receive their shots.

Vaccination sites have opened across New York. One that recently opened is the H. Lee Dennison Building in Happauge. This site has the potential to vaccinate up to 900 people per day. It is the third vaccination site to be run by Suffolk County. On Friday, March 26, 2021, one of the first days the building was open for vaccinations, there was a steady flow of people entering with vaccination appointments scheduled for the day.

The H. Lee Dennison Building is offering the Pfizer vaccine, which requires two doses given three weeks apart. Carlos Gomez from Brentwood said that he was “so happy and relieved.”

Bayshore resident Joe Campisi said that getting the shot felt “fine.”

However, when both were asked if things would go back to normal, their opinions were guarded. Gomez did not think so, saying, “at least not so fast.” And Campisi simply said, “I hope so.”