New COVID-19 vaccine site coming to American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History vaccines
The American Museum of Natural History is now a COVID-19 vaccination site. Photo credit Twitter/NYCMayorsOffice

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is "whale-coming" a new COVID-19 vaccination site in New York City.

The mayor announced that starting Friday, New Yorkers will be able to get vaccinated directly below the blue whale at the American Museum of Natural History.

De Blasio said during his daily briefing Monday that the vaccination site will be open to everyone, but with a particular focus on public housing residents, cultural workers and museum staffs.

"We want to reach all these folks who we depend on to bring back our cultural community," de Blasio said. "This is an exciting new effort and I guarantee you a lot of people are going to say, 'That's where I want to get vaccinated.'"

The iconic whale is sporting a Band-Aid to mark the occasion.

"Having the vaccination site kick off under our beloved blue whale is very meaningful to all of us at the museum," museum director Ellen Futter said. "I know that in years to come we will look at images of New Yorkers getting vaccinated under the whale and it will be a snapshot of New York and New Yorkers fighting back, caring for themselves, caring for one another and of the time when things started to turn for the better."

Appointments will be available Friday through Tuesday each we