People line up as health care workers and military personnel work to distribute doses of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the New York State COVID-19 vaccination site at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, in New York City, January 13, 2021.
Brendan McDermid | Reuters
New York opened a mass Covid-19 vaccination site at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan on Wednesday, a key step toward speeding up the rollout of the life-saving doses.
The Javits Center, commissioned as an emergency hospital in the early days of the pandemic, welcomed its first New Yorkers for inoculations.
“It’s been a challenging year for all of us – especially the events industry. But we are honored to play a role in vaccinating New Yorkers & defeating this invisible enemy,” representatives for the center said in a tweet.
New York state has administered roughly 630,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines, out of a total 1.8 million allocated for the state so far, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That amounts to roughly 3,200 vaccine doses per 100,000 residents, according to the CDC.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio previously set a goal of vaccinating 1 million New Yorkers by Feb. 1.
Javits Center begins for COVID-19 vaccination for essential workers and people over 65 years old age this morning in New York City, on January 13, 2021.