Empire State Building vaccine site opens up; free Luna Park wristbands are latest COVID-19 vax incentives

New York City skyline
A new COVID-19 vaccination site has opened on the 80th floor of the Empire State Building.
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Plan on getting vaccinated? You can now do it while 1,250 feet up in the air in the heart of Manhattan.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday morning that New Yorkers will now be able to receive their vaccination at the Empire State Building. It is just the latest incentive to try and get as many New Yorkers vaccinated as possible as part of the city’s recovery plan. 

You can now receive the vaccination on the Empire State Building’s 80th floor and then go up to the observation deck and take a selfie at the top of the tallest building in the City for free.

“Here is an opportunity to have a truly memorable vaccination site at arguably the best selfie spot in New York City,” said de Blasio.

The city has already had a number of unique vaccination sites in an attempt to entice people to get vaccinated like the Museum of Natural History and using sports venues like Yankee Stadium and Citi Field. 

New incentives have been also been added to those getting vaccinated at Coney Island and Luna Park. The city’s giving away 10,000 donated family fun wristbands for entry into Luna Park, where guests can enjoy 2 hours of unlimited access to the park’s Zone A, as well as free rides on the historic Cyclone roller coaster. 

De Blasio also announced a record low positivity rate of 0.57% for New York City, another sign that the spread of COVID is decreasing. A total of 8,789,865 total doses have been administered as of today.

With New York state reaching 70% of the population vaccinated against COVID — the threshold Governor Andrew Cuomo set for removing most of the remaining pandemic-related safety measures — de Blasio expressed optimism this would further advance New York City’s comeback.

“That means we get to open up even more, that means we get to keep moving forward, and that means the summer of New York City is even closer,” said de Blasio.