Hundreds of New York Metropolis straphangers will quickly have the ability to obtain a coronavirus vaccine whereas ready for his or her subway or commuter practice, as a part of a brand new state-run pilot that may convey momentary inoculation websites to a number of the metropolis’s busiest transit hubs.
Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced the “inventive concept” on Monday, which he mentioned was geared toward boosting immunizations as the speed of vaccinations continues to gradual in New York.
Between Could twelfth and Could sixteenth, a complete of eight new pop-up websites will supply the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot to 300 individuals every day on a walk-in foundation. As an added incentive, recipients can even get a 7-day limitless MetroCard, or round-trip ticket for Lengthy Island Rail Street/Metro-North rides.
“You’re strolling into the subway station anyway. You’re strolling previous the vaccination website,” Cuomo mentioned at a briefing on Monday. “It’s a one-shot vaccine.”
Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station — contained in the thirty fourth Avenue hall — can be among the many eight websites to host the brand new inoculation stations. Doses can even be accessible at Broadway Junction; the open mezzanine of the 179th Avenue F station in Jamaica, Queens; the hallway of the Bronx’s E. one hundred and eightieth Avenue 2/5 station; and an empty storefront adjoining to the Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue turnstiles.
Outdoors of the 5 boroughs, the Hempstead cease of the LIRR and the Metro-North’s Ossining station will host pop-up websites as properly.
MTA officers praised the outreach effort, which coincides with pandemic-era data in each subway and rail ridership this weekend. The websites can even present voluntary vaccines to transit staff, together with subway and bus workers, who’ve thus far recorded the bottom vaccination price throughout the MTA.
“Making certain quick access to free vaccinations is vital to reopening New York and constructing again higher,” MTA Chair Patrick Foye mentioned in a press release. “The MTA is proud to do its half to assist lead the State’s restoration and get the area again on observe.”
However different New Yorkers questioned the desirability of getting jabbed within the neighborhood of a number of the metropolis’s most formidable rodents.
“This looks as if a pleasant and well-intentioned concept however who needs to get medical companies inside a kind of scuzzy subway station?” questioned Each day Information editorial board member Laura Nahmias.
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