MTA Extends Vaccine Pilot Program Through May 29th At Penn Station & Grand Central Terminal


The MTA has prolonged a pilot program providing the COVID-19 vaccine at two high-traffic transit hubs following excessive demand, officers introduced Saturday.

The vaccination program—which started on Could twelfth initially at eight MTA websites in New York, Lengthy Island, and the Hudson Valley (three extra websites had been later added)—will probably be prolonged solely at Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal via Could twenty ninth. The remainder of the websites will probably be closed Saturday, in keeping with an MTA spokesperson. This system was initially slated to finish on Could sixteenth.

“By bringing the vaccine to the place persons are passing by on their technique to work, see pals, store and go to reopened cultural points of interest, it’s made it doable for hundreds who may not have in any other case been vaccinated to guard themselves and their households,” MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick Foye mentioned in a press release.

A complete of greater than 1,100 folks had been vaccinated at Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal throughout this system’s first official day, greater than every other vaccine website within the system, in keeping with the MTA. So far, a complete of greater than 10,000 folks have obtained a vaccine at MTA vaccination facilities, the MTA mentioned. They embrace the one hundred and eightieth Road Station within the Bronx and the Broadway-Junction Station in Brooklyn.

No appointments are wanted. The Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine is the one shot accessible and the MTA says it has the capability to vaccinate upwards of 300 folks per day at every website. Those that get jabbed via this system will obtain a free, seven-day MetroCard or two rail tickets. Separate from the MTA program, the town and state have launched different incentives for individuals who must get a shot. This week, the Cuomo administration introduced anybody who receives a shot will probably be entered right into a $5 million lottery.

The trouble comes as vaccinations have been made accessible to everybody age 12 and older within the state. It additionally comes as extra folks return to the subways amid New York Metropolis’s reopening. On Could twentieth, the MTA recorded 2 million folks driving the subway.

“By increasing this program at two of the Authority’s busiest areas, extra folks may have entry to this vaccine and may defend themselves and others as riders proceed to return to mass transit,” MTA Chief Security Officer Patrick Warren mentioned.