New York City will be providing COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone who wants to walk up to a city-run site, regardless of age or what part of the city they live in, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday.
Previously, younger New Yorkers were required to make an appointment for a vaccination, and some sites catered specifically to people from that borough. Now, anyone at least 16 years old can walk up to any location offering a Pfizer vaccine, and those at least 18 can walk up to any location offering a Moderna vaccine.
De Blasio said he is encouraging the community health centers that have been offering vaccines by appointment, to now allow walk-ins as well.
State-run sites are allowing walk-in vaccinations for anyone at least 60 years old.
More than six million vaccine doses have been given thus far in New York City, and 2.2 million people have been fully vaccinated, receiving either two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, whose use has been paused by the CDC over concerns that it may cause blood clots.
De Blasio has said guidelines on masking and social distancing will remain in place until June. He has set a goal of having five million New Yorkers fully vaccinated by June.
Updated Friday, April 23, 2021 at 11:14 am .