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Citi Field Opens Coronavirus Vaccine Hub, With Barclays To Follow

Patch logo Patch 2/10/2021 Matt Troutman
a group of people walking down a street: People wait in line Wednesday to enter a coronavirus vaccination site at Citi Field in Queens. © David Dee Delgado/Getty Images People wait in line Wednesday to enter a coronavirus vaccination site at Citi Field in Queens.

NEW YORK CITY — A new coronavirus vaccine “mega site” at Citi Field soon will be joined by Barclays Center, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.

Queens residents lined up Wednesday morning for a different type of opening day at Citi Field, as the sports venue officially began offering vaccinations.

De Blasio promised that Citi Field will be able to hold many more than its current 200 vaccine appointments a day, if only the city received more than its currently-meager ration of doses.

It can do 5,000 vaccinations a day when it ramps up to a full 24/7 site, he said.

“It’s going to be building up more all the time,” he said.

New York City’s sports venues are taking new roles as the city’s coronavirus vaccination effort rolls out.

Yankee Stadium last week opened as a Bronx residents-only site. Citi Field will follow a similar model, only serving Queens residents, taxi and ride share drivers and food delivery workers.

Barclays Center will follow their lead, de Blasio said Wednesday. He said the venue’s owners and Brooklyn Nets management agreed to host a “mega site” for Brooklyn residents.

“They’re raring to go,” he said.

And the forgotten borough won’t be left out of the mega site game.

Empire Outlets in Staten Island will also host a vaccination site only for residents of its borough, de Blasio said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday also announced that Barclays Center will start hosting sports events on Feb. 23 at limited capacity.

Federal officials also revealed that they’ll open sites at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College and York College in Queens. Those sites will bring 3,000 coronavirus vaccines per day to the city's hardest-hit neighborhoods and will be supplied directly from the federal government, unlike state- and city-run sites, officials said.

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