Vaccinations happening in train stations, freebies coming soon as rewards

How about getting vaccinated at the train station? Or how about getting some tickets to some New York City attractions in exchange for getting needled? Well Bronxites, now those options are available to you.

Now through Sunday, New Yorkers can get vaccinated at eight pop-up vaccination sites located at MTA stations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this week. One of the stations is located in the Bronx at the East 180th Street Station on the 2 and 5 lines rom 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The sites will administer up to 300 single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines per day. And getting inoculated at the stations come with some bonuses:  a free seven-day MetroCard or free LIRR/Metro-North round-trip ticket.

“Stop, take a few minutes, get the vaccine, and then you get the incentive of a one-week unlimited metro card if you do it at a subway station or free tickets on Long Island Railroad, Metro-North,” the governor said during his announcement. “Why wouldn’t you do it? No excuse.”

The other stations are Penn Station, 34th Street Corridor; Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall; 179th Street in Queens; Coney Island; Broadway Junction in Brooklyn; Hempstead LIRR station; and the Ossining Metro-North station. Hours vary among stations, so visit the MTA site for more information.

Additionally, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced several perks that will be available to those who get vaccinated anywhere in the future, including free admissions to a range of NYC cultural and sports facilities, or a fee two-week membership for Citi Bike, the bike sharing program.

According to the mayor’s Twitter account, those who get vaccinated in the future will get free tickets or deals to the Bronx Zoo, NYC Aquarium, the NY Botanical Garden, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Cyclones, New York City Football Club, NYC Ferry, and a membership to the Public Theater.

The mayor said more information on those freebies will be released in the coming days, as the city continues to ramp up efforts to get more residents vaccinated.

“Each additional person who gets vaccinated helps us move everything else forward, so you’re going to hear about these exciting incentives and more in the coming days,” the mayor said at a press conference Monday.

As of May 12, 7.2 million doses have been administered in the city, according to the city’s data, with 46% of city residents at least partially vaccinated and 37% fully vaccinated. However, the Bronx continues to trail other boroughs in vaccinations, with only 37% of its residents partly vaccinated and 29% fully vaccinated. Only 30% of residents in the Hunts Point zip code of 10474 have been at least partly vaccinated, fewer than any other zip code in the Bronx.

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