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New York City Is Now Offering Vaccinations for Tourists

by Jori Ayers May 10, 2021

New York City is now offering vaccinations to tourists after a change in state regulations. The city received state approval to offer one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to US tourists at mobile vaccination hubs at popular spots.

The initiative is part of the city’s overall effort to support the tourism and hospitality industry and boost the number of people offered the vaccine in the area. Approved by the state’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, the scheme has successfully rolled out after a change in eligibility regulations, which allows anyone older than the age of 16, who lives in the US, the opportunity to receive a vaccination in New York.

Mayor Bill de Blasio stated during a news conference on May 6, “This is a positive message to tourists. Come here, it’s safe, it’s a great place to be, and we’re going to take care of you.” He continued, “This summer, you’re going to see tourism come alive again in New York City; you’re going to see a lot of jobs come back because of it. We want to go the extra mile, make it easy for tourists.”

Vaccination sites will be set up at popular tourist attractions like Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Sunset Park, and many other locations dotted around the city. According to ABC 7 New York News, testing sites will be available from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

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