City opens outdoor vaccination sites in Brooklyn; will begin vaccinating tourists
For months, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city have said the demand for COVID-19 vaccines is there, they just need to make sure the supply matches it. Now, with demand seemingly waning, the city is beginning a few initiatives this weekend.
Beginning today, the city is opening a pair of outdoor vaccination sites in Brooklyn, giving out the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot in Sunset Park at the entrance of Sixth Avenue and 44th Street, and also at the Pier 2 handball courts in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
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That second location is part of another new effort that starts today, with the state giving approval for the city to begin vaccinating tourists. Previously, only people who lived and worked in New York could get the shot.
Pop-up sites are being put in popular tourist locations such as Times Square, the Highline and other places around the city.
Critics are pointing out that plenty of minority and underserved communities in the five boroughs are still lagging in their vaccination rates and this tourism effort could just increase the disparity.
The city's mobile vaccine bus will also be in the Parkchester section of the Bronx both today and tomorrow, and has appointments available.