In order to make vaccination easier for those who are most vulnerable to the coronavirus infection, New York has now allowed residents over the age of 75 to walk-in for a jab, without prior appointment at any of the 3 24/7 mass vaccination sites at Brooklyn Army Terminal, Bathgate Contract Postal Station and Citi Field.
While millennials are finding it extremely tedious to book their appointments, seniors above the age of 75 can now carry just an age proof with them to get vaccinated at three of the above sites. And what’s more, is that they could also get a plus one along.
As part of the city’s Test & Trace Corps to reach the most vulnerable, qualifying New Yorkers (again, those age 75-plus) and an eligible escort of any age can get vaccinated together at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Bathgate Contract Postal Station, and Citi Field sites, which run 24/7.
“New Yorkers 75 and over are at high risk from COVID-19, and we need to do everything in our power to help them get vaccinated,” Dr. Ted Long, executive director of the NYC Test & Trace Corps and senior vice president of Ambulatory Care and Population Health at NYC Health + Hospitals, said in a statement. “We need to tear down all barriers for New Yorkers 75 and older to be vaccinated, and our new practice of walk-up vaccinations for them and an eligible escort makes it as convenient as possible for them and their loved ones.”
Furthermore, the city offers free transportation to and from vaccine sites for adults who are older than 65 or have an ambulatory, visual, intellectual, or developmental disability. To reserve transportation, including ambulette and cab options, call 877-VAX-4-NYC. An operator will walk through eligibility and provide other options over the phone based on the caller’s need, the city says.
On the other hand, as vaccine eligibility was expanded on Monday, making those above 30 eligible to make an appointment, the influx of New Yorkers trying to book caused major problems for many. Those who tried to schedule appointments when they first earned eligibility Tuesday morning likely encountered a series of red “NO FIRST DOSE APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE” messages regarding city sites or “No Appointments Available Currently” at state ones within a reasonable distance from their homes.