New York extends pilot vaccine program in the city’s subway

New York, May 16 (EFE News) .- New York extended until May 22 its pilot vaccine program against covid-19 in four stations of the cityR...

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New York, May 16 (EFE News) .- New York extended until May 22 its pilot vaccine program against covid-19 in four stations of the city’s busy subway, after the success the initiative had, announced this Sunday the governor Andrew Cuomo. The pilot program, which began last Wednesday in eight 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 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 when making the announcement. “Our partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has made it possible to reach New Yorkers at our busiest subway stops, so we will keep four of these sites open,” he said.

Strategy in the subway

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 of Latino majority, as well as in the one of Broadway Junction in Brooklyn, where 3,497 doses had been administered as of Saturday. “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 to promote site locations and hours of operation for vaccines, in an initiative in which the MTA partnered. with the network of Latino doctors SOMOS for inoculation.

New York extends pilot vaccine program in the city's subway
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To accelerate

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 since, as in the rest of the country, the rate is slowing down. EFE News

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