NYC Bus And Subway Workers Record Lowest COVID-19 Vaccination Rate At MTA


Regardless of affected by the best variety of COVID deaths on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, subway and bus staff have the bottom vaccination fee of its workers.

Simply 37% of staff at New York Metropolis Transit, the MTA Bus Firm, and Staten Island Railway have acquired at the least one dose of the vaccine, in line with the authority’s recordkeeping. The MTA mentioned it solely retains tabs of workers who obtain photographs throughout work hours or who self-report taking a dose elsewhere within the metropolis.

New York Metropolis Transit contains the MTA’s largest workforce with 50,696 workers. Solely 18,980 of them have taken one dose. COVID-19 has killed 162 folks on the MTA thus far, and 151 of these deaths concerned subway and bus staff. Transit staff have been among the many earliest teams to be eligible for the vaccine in January.

The MTA’s Development & Growth company ranks highest with vaccination with 73%—or 1,362 out of 1,806 workers–being at the least partially vaccinated. Greater than half the workers at MTA headquarters, which incorporates its law enforcement officials and MetroNorth workers, have acquired one shot. Lengthy Island Railroad sports activities a fee of 46% whereas the Bridge and Tunnels division is at 48%.

To incentivize the photographs, the MTA launched a program early on that pays its union workers for two-hours wages every shot they take. The authority additionally provides appointments for all workers at its headquarters in downtown Brooklyn, the Javits Middle and the Lengthy Island Railroad Jamaica Management Middle—and it even enlisted White Home adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci to file a message of encouragement for its workers.

MTA employee receives the COVID-19 vaccine at the Jacob K. Javits Center,  January 13th, 2021.


MTA worker receives the COVID-19 vaccine, January thirteenth, 2021.

Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York Metropolis Transit

This week, the NYPD got here beneath scrutiny for its low stage of vaccinations when The Washington Submit reported that 39% of officers had acquired one shot.

The New York Metropolis Division of Schooling studies that about 44% of its workforce is at the least partially vaccinated, though a spokesperson notes, “these totals don’t embody workers who should not New York Metropolis residents or who have been vaccinated at websites exterior of New York Metropolis reminiscent of Lengthy Island, Westchester, New Jersey and Connecticut.”

This information arrives as town introduced this week it could be attempting ingenious new methods to get residents vaccinated. For instance, providing free tickets to a baseball sport if folks get a vaccine at Citi Subject or Yankee Stadium.

Mayor Invoice de Blasio’s aim is to vaccinate 5 million New Yorkers by July 1st, however as of Thursday solely 3.7 million New Yorkers had acquired one shot.

The MTA and Transport Employees Union didn’t present feedback on why the vaccination fee of transit staff lags behind the remainder of the company’s workers, in addition to town’s tally.