De Blasio, Seen In Rarely Worn Bombers Cap, Launches COVID Vaccine Site At Yankee Stadium


It was a uncommon sight to see: Mayor Invoice de Blasio, a staunch Boston Purple Sox fan, lastly sporting a New York Yankees cap as he ushered the opening of a 24/7 mass vaccination website at Yankee Stadium on Friday.

“That is such an vital day. The Yankees stepping as much as save the lives of Bronxites, to avoid wasting the lives of New Yorkers that for in the future solely I’ll declare myself a Yankee fan,” de Blasio stated at a information convention earlier than placing on a Yankees cap – a sight as uncommon as an NYC go to of the snow owl.

De Blasio, flanked by Yankees administration and high medical doctors at SOMOS Group Care well being community, opened the doorways to the Home That Steinbrenner Constructed. Two vaccines are at the moment out there to New Yorkers—one produced by Moderna, the opposite by Pfizer—and require two doses. Workers with SOMOS might be administering the shot on the website.

“That is about fairness. That is about equity,” de Blasio stated in remarks exterior the stadium. “That is about defending individuals who want essentially the most safety as a result of the Bronx is without doubt one of the locations that bore the brunt of this disaster of the coronavirus. The Bronx has suffered, however this can be a place the place the folks of the Bronx will now be protected. Yankee Stadium means a lot to New Yorkers. It’s iconic in each sense, however at the moment it’s a place of therapeutic, a spot of safety for the folks of the Bronx.”

For the reason that pandemic started, the town reported 5,486 COVID-19 deaths within the Bronx, with 4,531 confirmed and 955 deemed possible. The borough is house to 16 of the 33 ZIP codes the town has recognized as the toughest hit by COVID.

The location received’t be working 24/7 simply but because the vaccine scarcity has stored the town from opening the stadium to full capability. For now, the present hours of operation will run from 8 a.m. to eight p.m. Up to now, the location—opened solely for Bronx residents—has signed up 13,000 folks. Lengthy strains had been already seen exterior the stadium with some residents reportedly unaware that appointments wanted to be made on-line or by cellphone.

Randy Levine, the Yankees basic supervisor, stated 4 ticket home windows might be opened to assist these make an appointment on website in the event that they did not notice they wanted to make one earlier than arriving to the stadium.

The vaccine scarcity has delayed the opening of a 24/7 website at Citi Subject, which de Blasio stated will open “in a matter of days.”

“We want provide. I would like folks to grasp – proper now, New York Metropolis is giving a few third of the vaccinations we may if we had provide. It is simply troubling to me. It’s deeply troubling that we may very well be proper now doing 400,000, 500,000 vaccinations every week, and we will not get provide,” de Blasio stated.
“So, I am saying to the federal authorities, you need to get the remainder of the pharmaceutical trade into this combat. We want extra assist than simply what we’re getting from Pfizer and Moderna.”