(NY) Decky Tamang will not shy away from the free MetroCard he received Wednesday morning after receiving a dose of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. But it wasn’t that seven-day unlimited card that prompted her to queue up at Grand Central, New York’s iconic train station and subway station to get vaccinated.
“I had an appointment to receive my first dose of Pfizer vaccine next week, but I will be tested by then. It was more convenient to make a vaccine today, ”explained the 23-year-old marketing student. “Plus, Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine only requires one dose. Another reason. ”
In the 100-person line at Deki Tamang, each had their own reason for accepting an invitation to get vaccinated at Grand Central, one of six subway stations where New Yorkers can get the vaccine from Johnson & Johnson at least until Sunday. …
But this invitation from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, along with the MetroCard proposal, had only one goal: to revive COVID-19 vaccinations in New York, which has recently fallen. If the experiment is successful, it will continue after May 16.
Lots of incentives
“The process couldn’t be simpler,” said Patrick Foy, CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Agency, at a conference held at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central, where vaccinations were to take place. “Anyone who passes through one of the participating stations, I mean anyone, New Yorker or not, can come in, check in, get vaccinated, sit down for a waiting period, the standard 15 minutes, and leave. ”
You have a $ 33 MetroCard in your pocket.
This is not the only incentive New York State is offering to encourage vaccinations. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that New Yorkers vaccinated at the Yankees and Mets Stadiums can receive free tickets to these Major League Baseball teams.
Not to be outdone, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that the city will soon offer vaccinated New Yorkers free tickets to the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball team at the zoo. The Bronx or New York City Botanic Gardens. , among other things. The city’s offer will also include a free two-week membership to Citi Bike, New York’s self-service bike ride.
“We want people to know that it’s time [de se faire vacciner] Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
It’s not that the state or city of New York lags behind the rest of the country. According to official figures, 39.5% of Empire State residents, or 7.9 million, were fully immunized, and 48.6%, or 9.6 million, received at least one dose of the vaccine.
The proportions are similar in New York, where 39.6% of residents are fully immunized and 46.7% of them received at least one dose.
These data indicate a decrease in the number of hospitalizations, infections and deaths. On Monday, the Mayor of New York especially welcomed the 2.01% infection rate, the lowest in six months.
But vaccination rates are declining in the state and New York, as elsewhere in the United States. Overall, 46.2% of the US population received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. President Joe Biden has set a target of 70% by July 4th. Six states have already achieved this: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, and Hawaii.
Other states and cities are competing in their imaginations to encourage vaccinations. In West Virginia, the governor is offering $ 100 savings bonds to vaccinated residents between the ages of 16 and 35. In Detroit, the mayor promises $ 50 debit cards to residents who drive their fellow citizens to a vaccination site. In New Jersey, the governor and bar owners offer beer to vaccinated citizens.
And in Ohio, the governor announced the most tempting incentive on Wednesday: a weekly jackpot of $ 1 million, the winner of which will be randomly selected from among the state’s citizens who have received at least one dose. Five draws will be held on Wednesdays from May 26th.
But perhaps nothing beats the confidence of being able to receive a dose of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine upon arrival or departure from a subway station.
“It’ll save me time,” Sona Ango, 30, said Wednesday morning at Grand Central. I didn’t have to endure the hassle of making an appointment. I left home half an hour earlier than usual and will get the vaccine on my way to work. It’s perfect. ”
The Grand Central Vaccine Center has also recruited at least one United Nations representative, who is headquartered a few blocks away. It was Thomas Kontogeorgos, head of the peacekeeping department of the GDR.
“I had an appointment next week for vaccinations, but I have to return to Greece this Sunday for personal reasons,” the 51-year-old diplomat said after taking his seat at the forefront. “Reading a newspaper from Greece, I learned that I can get vaccinated here! ”