New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the owner of the New York Mets Steve Cohen jointly announced that a vaccination mega-site will be set up at the Citi Field Major League Baseball stadium later this month.
This 24/7 site – which will be run by NYC Health and Hospitals and will be able to serve 5,000 to 7,000 people a day — will launch the week of Jan. 25.
He said the Mets organization really "stepped up to the plate" to help.
De Blasio said Queens residents, and all New Yorkers are welcome. "We even welcome Yankee’s fans."
Cohen, the new owner of the New York Mets, appeared virtually at the briefing on Tuesday.
"It’s so important. We know the suffering that’s going on with Covid and anyway the organization could help support this effort we were going to do it."
He added of the stadium, "we can be reached by subways, by trains, by highways – we’re the intersection of Queens."
"The goal is to just get the vaccine in peoples arms, so we can get this crisis over with and get back to living a normal life," Cohen said.
This isn't the first Major League Baseball stadium to serve as a vaccination site: The Dodger Stadium will also become a Covid-19 vaccination site by the end of the week and will no longer offer testing after today, according to a statement from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Once the site is fully operational, up to 12,000 people can be vaccinated per day, the statement said, adding that the transition to a vaccination site will reduce testing capacity in the county but will triple the number of vaccines available to residents. Plans are underway to scale up testing at other locations throughout the county.