In an effort to get more New Yorkers vaccinated, the city’s transit system is offering free rides and MetroCards to those who get a vaccine at new vaccination sites at major transit hubs.
From May 12-16, eight new walk-in vaccination hubs will be opened within some of the transit system’s major travel hubs, six of which are in New York City. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that those who come to one of the vaccination sites will receive a Johnson & Johnson vaccine so they will not need to return for a second appointment. Those who are vaccinated at one of the new hubs will receive a free 7-day unlimited MetroCard or two free rides on the LIRR or Metro-North train systems.
The sites will be available for commuters and MTA employees alike. The following stations will be offered as vaccination hubs:
- Penn Station, 34th Street Corridor, 3 to 8 p.m.
- Grand Central Station, Vanderbilt Hall, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Coney Island, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- East 180th Street — Bronx, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Broadway Junction, 3 to 8 p.m.
- 179th Street — Jamaica, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Hempstead LIRR station, 3 to 8 p.m.
- Ossining — Metro-North, 3 to 8 p.m.