Get your COVID-19 vaccine for free in subway and train stations

Visit a vaccination pop-up stop, extended indefinitely, to get your single-dose vaccine and free MetroCard or train ticket. Just drop in, no appointment needed. Here’s the schedule and what to expect.

Updated August 26, 2021

We’ve partnered with the New York State Department of Health and SOMOS, Northwell Health, and Westchester Medical Center to launch vaccination pop-up stops inside key subway and train hubs. Our partners will be giving out the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, to those 18 years and older.

We’ll be giving out free rides.

You don’t need an appointment, and it’s quick to get your shot and be on your way.  

Where we'll be

We're extending our pop-up vaccination stop program at Grand Central and Penn Station. Here’s the full schedule of where we’ll be and when. Once you’re at the station follow the blue and red signs directing you to the pop-up spot.

Penn Station

When: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily

Where: Inside Penn Station on the lower level, closest to entrance at 33rd St and 8th Ave.


Grand Central Terminal

When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily

Where: Metro-North Terminal, inside Vanderbilt Hall.

Free rides with your vaccine

If you get your vaccine at a Long Island Rail Road or Metro-North Railroad station, you’ll get two one-way Commuter Rail Tickets or a free 7-day Unlimited MetroCard.

This MetroCard doesn't activate until you swipe the first time, so you can save it and use it later if you'd like. Learn more here

What to expect

1. Stop by the station You don’t need to make an appointment. Visit any of our pop-up sites at the times and locations listed above.  

2. Check in You’ll check in with the team on site and show your ID (this may include a government-issued ID, like an IDNYC, driver's license, passport, Permanent resident card, Certificate of Naturalization). If you have any questions or concerns, our partners will be there to help answer them. You can read more about the vaccine here. Team members will be there to help translate or connect you with translation services. 

3. Get your vaccine  You’ll meet with the nurse or doctor who can answer any other questions you have. Then, they’ll give you your shot.  

4. Wait 15 minutes To make sure you’re ok, you’ll be asked by the medical team to wait 15 minutes. 

5. Pick up your CDC vaccination card, free MetroCard or train ticket and Go. No second dose needed!