24/7 mega COVID-19 vaccination site coming to Citi Field

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the "amazin'" news Tuesday that a 24/7 mega COVID-19 vaccination site is coming to Citi Field.

"It's such a welcome moment for the people of this city, particularly for the people in Queens," de Blasio said during his daily briefing. "This is going to be fantastic, this is going to help so many people to get vaccinated."

He applauded the Mets organization for having "stepped up to the plate" to help the city out.

"I am so grateful for that," de Blasio said. "I really appreciate the fact that the Mets wanted to do this, they wanted to be part of solving this problem and helping the Queens community and helping all of New York City."

The site will be run by NYC Health + Hospitals and is expected to give out between 5,000 and 7,000 vaccine doses per day.

"I want to be clear. We welcome Queens residents, we welcome all New Yorkers, we even welcome Yankees fans. There's no discrimination," de Blasio said. "It's a great site, it's an amazin' place, it's easy to get to by the 7 train, there's also plenty of parking for those who prefer to drive."

The mayor was joined at his briefing by Mets owner Steve Cohen via Zoom.

"We were just so excited to participate in this program. It's so important. We know the suffering that's going on with COVID and any way the organization could help support this effort we were going to do it," Cohen said. "We had talked about being involved in our communities and I can't think of any way that's more important than what this effort is."

Bill de Blasio and Steve Cohen
Bill de Blasio and Steve Cohen Photo credit NYC Mayor's Office

"The goal is to just get the vaccine in people's arms so we could get this crisis over with and get back to living a normal life," Cohen added. "I really would look forward to that and I think everybody else would too."

The site is expected to launch the week of Jan. 25.

"It'll be here soon, we've got some last minute work to do to get it ready, but it's going to be big, it's going to be a game changer," de Blasio said.

Two other vaccine mega sites have already opened at Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park and at the Bathgate Contract Postal Station in the Bronx.

Those eligible for the vaccine can schedule an appoint online nyc.gov/vaccinefinder or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC.