Metropolis Opens Outside Inoculation Facilities In Brooklyn; will begin vaccinating vacationers

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May 8, 2021 at 9:50 a.m. EDT

Updated on:May 8, 2021 at 9:50 a.m. EDT

For months, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city have been saying the demand for COVID-19 vaccines is there. You just have to make sure that the offer matches it. Now that demand seems to be waning, the city is launching some initiatives this weekend.

Starting today, the city of Brooklyn is opening two outdoor vaccination sites serving the single dose of Johnson & Johnson in Sunset Park at the entrance to Sixth Avenue and 44th Street and the handball courts at Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

This second location is part of another new effort that begins today. The state gives the city permission to start vaccinating tourists. Previously, only people who lived and worked in New York could get the shot.

Pop-up sites are placed in popular tourist spots like Times Square, the Highline, and other locations in the city.

Critics point out that many minorities and underserved communities in the five counties are still lagging behind their vaccination rates and that these tourist efforts could only increase inequality.

The city’s mobile vaccine bus will also be in the Parkchester area of ​​the Bronx today and tomorrow and will have appointments available.

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