People rest in the observation area to the right after receiving COVID-19 vaccinations under the 94-foot, 21,000-pound model of a blue whale in the Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life in the American Museum of Natural History. in New York, Friday, April 23, 2021. Appointments are no longer required at any of the New York City-operated coronavirus vaccination centers. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that anyone eligible for the vaccine could go to one of the city’s mass vaccination sites and get a chance. The change comes because vaccine stocks have increased. (AP Photo / Richard Drew)
Appointments are no longer mandatory at any of the New York City-operated coronavirus vaccination sites, including the newest and perhaps coolest location: under the giant blue whale at the Museum of Natural History.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday that the city will now accept walk-ins at its vaccination sites.
“You can just go up and get vaccinated,” he said.
This includes the museum’s Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, which is dominated by a 28.5-meter-long model of a blue whale that appears to float through the air. The vaccinations in the hall started on Friday.
The whale now wears a bandage on one of its fins, like those that are stuck to people’s arms in the healthcare sector after being shot.
The walk-in service is expanding as the range of vaccines has increased. Just a few weeks ago, most people trying to get a vaccination appointment in the largest city in the country had to play online appointment systems that gave up tight slots in a matter of moments.
However, for the past few days, tens of thousands of appointments have been available at any given moment, although organizing those appointments still requires planning and some level of computer literacy.
A week ago, the city started offering vaccinations to all over 50s. De Blasio, a Democrat, said it had gone well enough that the city was now doing the same for people of all ages.
COVID-19 vaccination booths will be set up under the 94-foot, 21,000-pound model of a blue whale on Friday, April 23, 2021 in the Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life in the American Museum of Natural History in New York New York City-operated coronavirus vaccination centers require more appointments. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that anyone eligible for the vaccine could go to one of the city’s mass vaccination sites and get a chance. The change comes as vaccine stocks have increased. (AP Photo / Richard Drew)
“We saw really good results. A lot of people said it was the reason they came and got the vaccine. It was a lot easier for them. And we didn’t have the kind of lines we were worried about,” said the mayor.
New York State will be offering walk-in admissions at vaccination sites starting Wednesday, but these will only be available to people aged 60 and over.
By Friday, about 40% of New York residents had received at least one dose of vaccine. About 26% were fully vaccinated.
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