New York COVID-19 vaccination rates peaked in April, but since then, they’ve been on the decline. To make sure people keep getting vaccinated against COVID-19, Governor Andrew Cuomo is pulling all the stops. He recently announced that anyone who gets vaccinated in New York state between May 24 and May 31, 2021, is eligible for a free two-day State Park Pass to any of the 181 state parks.
“Providing those who get vaccinated with a free park pass is an incredible summer-season incentive, and a great way to get more people outdoors to enjoy all that New York has to offer,” Cuomo said.
The offer is valid for any person who gets vaccinated with either a first dose, or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson. The free-two-day State Park pass will be valid through September 30, 2021, and can be picked up at any New York State Park.
The state is also setting up pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics at 15 state parks to make getting your shot even easier, so you can snatch up that free State Park Pass before it’s too late. Vaccinations will be available at the following:
- Belmont Lake State Park: May 30th
- Buffalo Harbor State Park: May 29th – May 31st
- Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park: May 29th – May 31st
- FDR State Park: May 29th – May 31st
- Grafton Lakes State Park: May 29th – May 31st
- Green Lakes State Park: May 29th – May 31st
- Harriman State Park at Lake Welch: May 29th – May 31st
- Heckscher State Park: June 5th
- Hempstead Lake State Park: June 6th
- Letchworth State Park: May 29th – May 30st
- Robert Moses State Park: May 29th – May 30th
- Roberto Clemente State Park: May 29th – May 31st
- Sunken Meadow State Park: May 29th, May 31st
- Taughannock Falls State Park: May 29th – May 31st
- Westcott Beach State Park: May 29th – May 30st
New York City residents can double dip, as the city is offering up its own promotions. It’s bringing pop-up vaccination centers to its own parks and beaches this Memorial Day weekend, according to NBC 4. Sites include:
- Coney Island
- Brighton Beach
- Orchard Beach
- Brooklyn Bridge Park
- Central Park
- Flushing Meadows Corona Park
- Prospect Park
- Governors Island
And to take it a step further, On May 25, 2021, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that anyone 16 or older who got their COVID-19 vaccination at The Pennsy Food Hall at Madison Square Garden on May 27, June 1, or June 3 would be entered to win tickets to a Knicks game.