Now, in one of the largest cities in the United States, you can get vaccinated against COVID by simply walking in from the street.
New York City authorities on Friday made vaccination available to any resident of the city without an appointment – for the first time in one of the largest cities in the United States, you can get vaccinated just by walking in from the street. To get the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you need less than half an hour and any document with a photo.
In February, the basis of vaccination in New York became large-scale hubs-equipped in stadiums, concert halls, and museums centers, where dozens of people can be vaccinated at once. One such center was established at the American Museum of Natural History near Central Park. In recent weeks, it has become one of the symbols of the fight against the coronavirus. Vaccinations are made in one of the main halls of the museum under a huge life-size model of a blue whale. Photos taken at this location are often used to illustrate stories about New Yorkers ‘ struggle with the pandemic.
You can get to the center located in the museum directly from the metro. In the first hall, at two dozen tables, there is a recording of the data of the vaccinated-whether the person has been ill in recent days, whether he has allergic reactions. The whole procedure takes about five minutes; it is enough to present a driver’s license or any other document with a photo for its passage. If possible, you should confirm your permanent residence in New York, but you can do without it. There are several dozen separate vaccination booths in the main hall, where the vaccination is taking place, and behind them – 50 places for monitoring the newly vaccinated for 15 minutes. There are no queues in this organization. You can come at any time of the day or night; the center staff reminds you when you make an appointment for a second vaccination.
This result was not achieved immediately. “Now, of course, the procedure is organized very conveniently, but recently everything was not so, – one of the women who came to the vaccination told the TASS correspondent. – Then only older people could get vaccinated. I tried to record my mother several times, got up at five in the morning, waited for the appearance of recording slots on the site, but still, I was not able to do it the first time.”
At the end of February, vaccination hubs like the one at the museum under the whale began to open, and the situation began to change. At some stage, queues became a problem. At the end of March, all residents of the city over 30 years old were able to register for vaccination, and from the beginning of April – over 16. Even large centers have not always been able to cope with the influx of applicants. “I signed up at the beginning of April, but I came, saw the queue, and decided that it would be better to come later,” said another visitor to the vaccination center. “But to be honest, I was probably just scared to get vaccinated.”
New York’s two-month journey can illustrate the approach to vaccination in the United States as a whole. If it was almost impossible to get vaccinated at the beginning of February, it could now be done in the shortest possible time and without any difficulties. The return to the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, in accordance with the recommendations of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will obviously bring the rate of vaccination in the US to an even higher level. According to the US Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 41.3% of the state population (over 137.2 million people) received at least one dose of the drug for coronavirus. Approximately 27.5% (91.1 million people) were fully vaccinated.