Tuesday, May 18, 2021

New York's MTA Offers COVID-19 Vaccination Shot For Free Rides

NEW YORK, NY - The Hub's message to all fellow New Yorkers, if you have not received your vaccine, now would be a good time to do so. Some Big Apple subways and LIRR and Metro-North stations have turned into pop-up COVID-19 vaccination sites last week in an effort to boost lagging immunizations. Those people receiving the vaccine, Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot dose only — at a subway station will receive a free seven-day MetroCard pass, while Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North riders can expect two free one-way only trips. In my view, I favor the two-dose Pfizer vaccine but if you want to go J&J for free rides, then go for it. You get vaccinated and gain free rides so, it is a win-win.

Pop-Up Vaccination Site at Grand Central Terminal
Source: MTA

The New York City train stations where free walk-up vaccinations will be doled out Wednesday through Sunday are: Penn Station, 3 to 8 p.m.; Grand Central Terminal, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Broadway Junction, 3 to 8 p.m.; 179th Street in Jamaica, Queens, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and East 180th Street in The Bronx, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The LIRR’s Hempstead station and Metro-North’s Ossining stop will also be giving out the vaccines, both from 3 to 8 p.m. Up to 300 people a day can be vaccinated at each site. You can view the full information on this flyer.

The agency is partnering with the New York State Department of Health, SOMOS, Northwell Health, and Westchester Medical Center to launch vaccination pop-up stops inside 8 stations across New York City, Westchester, and Long Island. Vaccinations so far have helped drive down positivity rates and hospitalizations across New York State. The number of hospitalizations statewide was 2,016, the lowest since Nov. 15. The statewide seven-day average rate of positive test results announced by the state on Sunday. 1.45 percent, the lowest since Oct. 28.

1. Stop by the station You don’t need to make an appointment. Visit any of our pop-up sites at the times and locations listed above. 

2. Check in You’ll check in with the team on site and show your ID (this may include a government-issued ID, like an IDNYC, driver's license, passport, Permanent resident card, Certificate of Naturalization). If you have any questions or concerns, our partners will be there to help answer them. You can read more about the vaccine here. Team members will be there to help translate or connect you with translation services.

3. Get your vaccine  You’ll meet with the nurse or doctor who can answer any other questions you have. Then, they’ll give you your shot. 

4. Wait 15 minutes To make sure you’re ok, you’ll be asked by the medical team to wait 15 minutes.

5. Pick up your CDC vaccination card, free MetroCard or train ticket and Go. No second shot needed. 

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