Thousands of MTA Workers Expected to Receive On-Site Vaccination at MTA Facility Beginning Tomorrow
New Site Triples Vaccination Appointments for MTA Employees & Complements MTA Vaccination Efforts at Jacob K. Javits Center
More Than 10,000 MTA Workers Have Received the Vaccine to Date
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced the launch of a new dedicated COVID-19 vaccination site for employees in Downtown Brooklyn. Beginning tomorrow, as many as 200 MTA employees per day will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccination on site at NYCT's 130 Livingston St– effectively tripling the number of transit workers who will be able to get the vaccine at an MTA location. Currently, 100 transit workers a day have been receiving the vaccination at the Jacob K. Javits Center. To mark the launch of the new site, senior MTA officials joined five transit workers and executives from Mobile Health—the company administering the vaccine—for a kickoff event in Brooklyn today. MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick Foye and each of the five transit workers present received their first of two vaccine doses.
"Our employees heroically moved this city during its most challenging hour," said MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick Foye. "Today is about making sure that those efforts are honored. While over 10,000 Transit workers have already received the vaccine, we still have a long way to go as supply continues to increase and this new site will help us get shots in the arms of our employees faster. This is a great day for our workforce and for the entire city. The heroes who moved heroes throughout the darkest days of this pandemic are now going to be able to do their jobs without the fear of getting this dangerous virus."
"Today is a special day for our workforce," said New York City Transit Interim President Sarah Feinberg. "Our employees have kept this system running through the most challenging year in New York City Transit history and we have lost more than 148 of our brothers and sisters. The arrival of the vaccine at a New York City Transit work location represents what I hope is the start of better days for our workforce. I thank them for their sacrifice and commitment to keeping this city going during its bleakest moment and for providing essential service to the healthcare workers who have fought to save lives throughout the pandemic."
"We are proud to partner with the MTA in their efforts to make sure our city's heroic transit workers can get the vaccine," said Mobile Health CEO Andrew Shulman. "We launched this company right here in New York City nearly four decades ago and remain deeply rooted here. We rely on the MTA to transport our employees and we're thrilled that they can now rely on us to safely vaccinate their employees."
The vaccination center is open on an appointment-only basis, Wednesday through Sunday for 12 hours at a time, with 200 appointment slots for first doses available daily. Employees will receive the Pfizer vaccine at no cost. Approximately 10,000 MTA workers have received a vaccination to date.