De Blasio announces city-run vaccination sites open for walk-ins for everyone 16+

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that anyone 16 and older can get a shot anytime, anywhere in New York City.

"All city-run sites will be open for walk-ins as of today for all sites, for all age levels," de Blasio said. "So you can just walk up and get vaccinated."

All city-run sites will now also be open to all New Yorkers, regardless of any geographic restrictions that existed previously.

"We want to make it simple, you can go to any city-run site — Health + Hospitals, Department of Health — any site. You can go there and get a shot. It doesn't matter where you live," de Blasio said.

Those 16 and 17 years of age can get the Pfizer shot. Moderna has been approved for those 18 and up.

De Blasio is also encouraging community health centers, including those that are federally supported, to allow walk-ins.

"We think this approach is exactly right for this point as we continue to move forward," the mayor said. "We're urging private health care providers to reach out to their patients very specifically, not just emails, but reach out one by one, personal contact, encourage folks get vaccinated. Let them know it's free, let them know it's safe, let them know it's effective, let them know it's easier than ever."

The news comes as the state allows walk-ins for those 60 years and older at 16 state-run mass vaccination sites.

Eligible New Yorkers can now make an appointment at the museum vaccination site by using nyc.gov/vaccinefinder or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC.

Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday also announced that the state will be opening select pop-up vaccination centers throughout the city to help vaccinate grocery store workers.

“Essential workers were the ones who put their own safety on the line to ensure we could weather this pandemic and we owe them an enormous debt of gratitude for their tremendous service,” the governor said. “That's why these new pop-up vaccination sites are so important--they will make it easier for bodega, grocery store and supermarket workers, who have worked every single day to provide an essential service, to get vaccinated and protect themselves, their families and their communities from COVID-19.”

The pop-up sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with the Urban Health Plan location being open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and will be located at:

Urban Health Plan
1054 Simpson St
Bronx, NY
Open: Monday, April 26 - Sunday, May 2

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club
2245 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY
Open: Saturday, May 1

Mission Society
646 Malcom X Blvd
New York, NY
Open: Saturday, April 24

Iglesia Centro Cristiano Juda
111-36 Roosevelt Ave
Flushing, NY
Open: Thursday, April 29

Manor Superette
927 Manor Rd
Staten Island, NY
Open: Wednesday, April 28

To get vaccinated at the sites, New Yorkers will have to show proof of employment at a bodega, grocery store or supermarket.

Gov. Cuomo says he is hoping people take advantage of the pop-up sites and says he believes more information might convince some who are hesitant.

As of Friday, 30% of all New Yorkers were fully vaccinated with the state distributing a total of 14,124,641 doses.

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