Some Big Apple subways and LIRR and Metro-North stations are being turned into pop-up COVID-19 vaccination sites this week in an effort to boost lagging immunizations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.
Those people receiving the vaccine — Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot dose only — at a subway station will receive a free seven-day MetroCard pass, while Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North riders can expect two free trips, Cuomo said.
“Get a shot, and take a free ride on the MTA,’’ the governor said a press briefing.
“You are walking into the subway station anyway. You are walking past the vaccination site. It’s a one-shot vaccine,” he said.
The New York City train stations where free walk-up vaccinations will be doled out Wednesday through Sunday are: Penn Station, 3 to 8 p.m.; Grand Central Terminal, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Broadway Junction, 3 to 8 p.m.; 179th Street in Jamaica, Queens, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and East 180th Street in The Bronx, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The LIRR’s Hempstead station and Metro-North’s Ossining stop will also be giving out the vaccines, both from 3 to 8 p.m.
Officials said the transit immunization push is limited so they can see what works best where and when.
“We have a lot of theories, we’re going to test them,” Cuomo said.
“It is a creative idea — because we have to get the vaccinations up,.”
Cuomo has noted that while older people are getting vaccinated at a fast pace, the younger sect is not.
The push came as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Gotham will give away free tickets to everywhere from the Bronx Zoo to Lincoln Center to those who get vaccinated.
“We’ve got to make it easier, we got to make it more fun, we’ve got to make it more local,” the mayor said of vaccinations at a separate briefing.
He said those getting immunized could get free tickets to: the New York City Aquarium; New York Botanical Garden; Brooklyn Botanic Garden; Bronx Zoo; Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Cyclones, the New York City Football Club and the New York City Ferry. They also can receive a membership to the Public Theater.