City health officials have already launched several COVID-19 vaccination sites across the five boroughs. Over the weekend, a Department of Health and Mental Hygiene clinic in Corona also began administering the vaccine.
“The Mets are hitting it out of the park today,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said last week. “By making Citi Field a 24/7 vaccination site, they’re stepping up to the plate for New Yorkers across our city.”
Eventually, the Citi Field site will ramp up to administer between 5,000 and 7,000 vaccines for eligible New Yorkers per day, officials said. The city has set the goal of delivering one million doses by the end of January.
On January 15, however, de Blasio warned that New York City is on pace to run out of accine supplies this week. He called on the federal government to send more doses.
“The supply should go to where there is an infrastructure to get it into people’s arms,” he said. “We know there is supply in this country not being used.”
As of last week, New Yorkers 75 years or older, as well as frontline essential workers, including teachers, child care staff, first responders, public transit workers and grocery workers, are eligible to get the free vaccine.
“All New Yorkers must have access to the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Dr. Ted Long, executive director of the NYC Test & Trace Corps, “and this massive new site gives us the ability to deliver the vaccine rapidly so that we can protect New Yorkers and keep our city safe.”
Mets owner Steve Cohen noted the importance of the New York Mets being actively involved in the community.
“Partnering with the mayor and city to open Citi Field as a 24/7 vaccination site will help get more people vaccinated faster as part of the city’s recovery from COVID-19,” he said.
To make an appointment to receive the vaccine, visit vaccinefinder.nyc.gov.