The Times Square coronavirus vaccination site serving the Broadway theater industry opened today with an open invitation to city film and television workers.
In a press conference this morning, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio expanded the reach of the previously announced Times Square site to include the city’s film and television industries.
“We want the film and television community to be part of our immunization effort as well,” said de Blasio, “so we invite them to join the Times Square immunization center. We want to make sure that the film and television industry always comes back stronger. Vaccinations will play a key role and we want to make that easy. “
Last month, the mayor announced that the Broadway Covid-19 vaccination site was reserved for theater industry workers as part of a city campaign to put the theater industry back on stage here September.
“It’s going to be a year to make a difference,” de Blasio said on March 25. “It’s time to raise the curtain and bring Broadway back.” In addition to the Broadway vaccination site, located at 20 Times Square in the former home of the NFL Experience attraction, the city will use a mobile vaccination unit for employees at Off Broadway theaters and establish pop-up test sites. close to Broadway sites.
The sites are manned by theater workers, many of whom lost their jobs when Broadway fell overnight on March 12, 2020. ATC Healthcare Services has hired more than 80 laid-off Broadway workers to staff the vaccination clinic in roles of administrative support, while clinical staff administer the shots. At full capacity, the pop-up clinic will distribute up to 1,500 doses of vaccine per day over the next few months.
The Times Square site, located on 7th Avenue between 47th and 48th Street, is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.