May 16, 2021 4:33 PM | With information from EFE
15 minutes. New York extended its COVID-19 vaccination pilot program in four stations of the city’s busy subway until May 22, following the success of the initiative, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday.
The pilot program, which began last Wednesday in eight very busy stations to encourage citizens and tourists to get vaccinated and which ended today, will now continue in four of these with the single dose of Johnson & Johnson and giving away a card to travel in the subway for seven days.
“Bringing the COVID-19 vaccine directly to the places where New Yorkers live and work has been a key component of our vaccination efforts and has been successful,” the Governor said in making the announcement.
“Our partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) makes it possible to reach New Yorkers at our busiest subway stops, so we will keep four of these emerging sites open,” he said.
The initiative, to which citizens and tourists can go without an appointment, will continue in the busy Penn Station and Grand Central stations in Manhattan, in the East 180 of the Bronx, a neighborhood with a Latino majority. Also at Broadway Junction in Brooklyn, where 3,497 doses were administered until Saturday.
A joint initiative
“Vaccine sites at our stations are bringing people together where they are to make access to vaccines as quick and easy as possible,” said Pat Foye, president and CEO of the MTA.
It was also reported that digital messages will be broadcast on more than 12,000 screens in subway stations, train cars and buses. This was to promote site locations and hours of operation for vaccines, in an initiative in which the MTA partnered with the SOMOS Latino physician network for inoculation.
The information will also be sent to more than 3 million subscribers on the MTA’s social media platforms.
The program is part of an effort to increase the proportion of vaccinated. This since, as in the rest of the country, the pace is slowing down.