Mayor Bill de Blasio suggested giving the one-time Johnson & Johnson vaccine to tourists visiting New York City, even though less than half of residents have had a first COVID-19 injection.
De Blasio suggested having the health department launch a program to create vaccination stations in popular tourist destinations such as Times Square and Brooklyn Bridge Park, Gothamist reported.
Data from NYC health department shows that there are 3,713,467 urban residents who have received at least one dose of a vaccine, or about 45 percent of all residents. Only 2,779,992 residents, or about 33 percent, are considered fully vaccinated.
Right now, nonresidents who can prove they work or go to school in New York City can get vaccines, but the mayor said he wants to “ go the extra mile and make things easy for tourists. ”
“If they’re here, get vaccinated while you’re here. It makes sense to put mobile vaccination sites where the tourists are, ‘de Blasio said at a press conference on Thursday.
Mayor Bill de Blasio suggested giving the one-time Johnson & Johnson vaccine to tourists visiting New York City
Data from the NYC Health Department shows that there are 3,713,467 city residents who have received at least one dose of a vaccine, or about 45 percent of all residents
Dr. Arthur Caplan, a professor of bioethics at New York University, overturned De Blasio’s plan as a ‘stupid’
Dr. Arthur Caplan, a professor of bioethics at New York University, blamed de Blasio’s plan as a “stupid” in an interview with DailyMail.com.
‘It encourages people who have not been vaccinated … people will come here who have not been vaccinated, maybe they do, maybe not. It’s too risky, ”said Caplan.
‘You don’t want’ to bring a large group of people at risk into the city uncontrolled. You don’t know how soon it will be before they get vaccinated or if they will. ‘
Caplan added, “I don’t think when they come here, vaccines will be their tourist priority.”
The doctor said he supports vaccine passports, which show that people have been vaccinated before they arrive.
“If they can’t travel because they can’t get vaccines, that’s a shame, but it’s not unfair,” he said.
De Blasio would require permission from government officials to set up the tourist vaccination program – which he acknowledged in the press conference.
“We need the state to change the rule that allows us to provide vaccinations to people from out of town,” de Blasio said, according to Gothamist.
‘But we think this is a positive message to tourists who come here, it’s safe, it’s a great place to be, and we’ll take care of you, we’ll get you vaccinated while you’re here.’
A map of the United States shows that there have been a total of 32,590,734 coronavirus cases in the country with 579,929 deaths
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A chart shows the number of daily deaths from coronavirus in the United States in April and May
Government Andrew Cuomo has expressed support for similar measures in recent days. On Wednesday, he announced that unvaccinated visitors to Yankee Stadium and CitiField, where the Mets play, could get a J&J shot with free tickets to future games.
“You’re going to the game anyway, it’s on your way, stop and get a vaccine,” Cuomo said, according to Gothamist.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Cuomo’s office for further comment.
Dr. Caplan said, “It’s one thing to give a ticket [at Yankee Stadium] to come back, but it’s another to say, ‘Hey world! Come and visit us. ‘
De Blasio brushed aside questions from reporters asking how administering the vaccine to tourists could combat outbreaks in New York City, as people are not considered fully protected until two weeks after their injection.
“The fact is, the more people get vaccinated, the better for all of us,” said de Blasio.
“It’s an interconnected country, an interconnected world, and the more people get vaccinated, the better, when people visit us here and we have the opportunity to vaccinate them.”
De Blasio also said at the press conference that the city has no plan yet to track tourists’ vaccination status upon arrival.
New York City is lifting many of its remaining capacity restrictions on May 19, but companies can decide which coronavirus measures to take, Gothamist reported.
There have now been dropped residency requirements for people seeking vaccines, according to at least 18 states NBC News.