After almost a year of being introduced as a site to boost NYC’s vaccine drive, the American Museum of Natural History is preparing to wrap up its inoculation desk.
Successfully completing around 100,000 shots, the museum, till now, offered New Yorkers the chance to get their dose of the COVID-19 vaccine underneath the iconic blue whale before moving the site to Gallery 77. Since the museum first started distributing shots on April 23, 2021, more than 97,000 vaccinations have been handed out, according to museum officials.
But this is your last chance to get jabbed at this iconic location, since vaccinations will be available inside the museum only through March 31, at which point a mobile vaccination bus will be parked temporarily outside at 77th Street and Central Park West in order to continue the drive.
“It is my hope that, in years to come, images of people getting vaccinated under the iconic blue whale in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life will be a reminder of New York and New Yorkers fighting back, caring for themselves and one another, and of the Museum providing support and hope,” Museum President Ellen Futter said.
Anyone who wants to get their first second or third COVID shot at the location, can do so before Thursday. This being said, New Yorkers can still pick up free at-home COVID tests at the museum’s 77th Street entrance. Tests are available Wednesday through Sunday, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.