Broadway Junction subway station will be used as a pop-up vaccination site starting Wednesday, Sept. 29, in an effort to get more people in the neighborhood vaccinated.
Governor Kathy Hochul and the MTA opened launched the Broadway Junction site and a pop-up at East 180 St subway station in the Bronx to increase vaccination rates in the neighborhoods that are lagging behind the city average.
Both sites will accept walk-ins and anyone vaccinated at the site will receive a free 7-day MetroCard of round trip ticket for the LIRR or Metro-North.
Hochul said with more people returning to the workplace in-person, and with the increase in ridership across the MTA system, there was a great opportunity to reach people with pop-up sites at station stops.
“If you still need to get your shot and are passing by one of these stations, you can just walk in to get the single-dose vaccine and then be on your way. It’s that seamless, and it’s the best thing you can do to better protect yourself and others from COVID-19,” she said.
The new sites at Broadway Junction and E. 180 St will be open Mondays through Fridays, and the pop-up at Broadway Junction will be open between 3:00pm and 8:00pm.
Janno Lieber, MTA acting vhairman and CEO, said the city’s subways were back to carrying three million people a day, and by positioning pop-up sites at two of the busier stations in the system, the city was bringing the vaccine to those who otherwise might not have been able to take time off to get the vaccine.
“Increasing vaccination rates is vital to ensuring New York’s recovery stays on track,” he said.
“The more people who are vaccinated, the safer our state is for everyone, and we’ll continue to work with Governor Hochul to pursue all avenues to distribute the vaccine.”
The subway station vaccination pop-up program was launched on May 12 at eight stations across New York City Transit, Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad, offering the public the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. So far, more than 34,300 people have been vaccinated at the sites.
The program provides anyone, including those visiting New York, the opportunity to get vaccinated without needing to set an appointment.