NYC looks to vaccinate subway riders with free ticket incentive
New Yorkers could start getting some free rides on the subway if they get vaccinated at certain locations in the city.
Those who get vaccinated at select subway stations can receive a free seven-day MetroCard.
Anyone traveling on the Long Island Rail Road or Metro-North can get a free roundtrip ticket.
The goal of the initiative is to vaccinate 300 people a day.
No appointment is needed at the stations, and those getting vaccinated will receive the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says they are trying to get creative with ways to get people vaccinated, and get the vaccination rate up again.
In order to get the message out there, the MTA says it has been advertising on more than 12,000 screens and onboard buses and trains.
A man visiting from Colombia says he saw the ad on the subway and decided to come out to get vaccinated.
“My country is very hard to get the vaccine,” he says.
There are eight sites that opened today, including in the Bronx and Brooklyn.
At the East 180th Street station, vaccinations occur from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Coney Island subway station offers vaccinations from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Broadway Junction subway station will be administering vaccines from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Some other stations where the vaccine is available are Grand Central and Penn Station.
The sites will run through Sunday.