When Covid vaccines became widely available last year, major US landmarks seemed to turn into mass vaccination sites overnight, from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
One such site in New York was the American Museum of Natural History, where residents lined up for Covid bites under a life-size model of a blue whale that awed visitors for more than half a year. -century. That is now coming to an end: the last day to get vaccinated there will be March 31.
From April, a mobile vaccination bus will be temporarily parked outside the building, the museum said Wednesday. The city will continue to distribute free at-home rapid test kits at the 77th Street entrance.
News that the museum would be setting up a mass vaccination site under the famous whale was met with enthusiasm in April 2021. Some residents went out of their way to make an appointment at the Manhattan institution, and many families brought their young children as they became eligible. for the blows.
It’s become an “iconic vaccination experience for so many New Yorkers and visitors,” said Patrick Gallahue, spokesman for the city’s health department.
More than 97,000 vaccinations have been administered at the museum, but in recent weeks the site has only seen dozens of vaccinations a day, said Scott Rohan, a museum spokesman.
The planned closure of one of New York’s most notorious mass vaccination sites comes as the city faces a spike in new cases and low vaccination rates among children. Authorities this week began reopening vaccination clinics in public elementary schools in a bid to boost vaccinations.