Mar 8, 2021 -- The Javits Center in New York City is now open for COVID-19 vaccine appointments around the clock — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The convention center began the overnight shift on Friday, offering only the Johnson & Johnson vaccine between 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which received FDA approval last Saturday, arrived in New York this week.
Several other mass vaccination sites, such as Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, are administering vaccines around the clock and using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at night, according to ABC News.
Earlier this week, the Javits Center announced online that it had distributed 100,000 vaccinations since it opened as a vaccination site in January. A year ago, the center was a COVID-19 field hospital as the pandemic overwhelmed the city.
“We surpassed 100,000 COVID-19 vaccines!” the center posted on Twitter. “Every vaccine we administer brings us one step closer to getting back to normal & we appreciate everyone’s patience & support.”
The U.S. has shipped more than 116 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, according to the latest CDC tally updated on Saturday. More than 57 million people have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, and nearly 30 million have received two doses. About 9% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, based on CDC numbers.
In New York City, the goal is to fully vaccinate 5 million people by June, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Saturday afternoon, according to NBC 4.
The city has given more than 2 million doses, which includes at least one first dose to 1.5 million people, the news outlet reported. On Saturday, De Blasio celebrated the opening of a new vaccination site in the Bronx, which is one of the first sites to administer shots to homebound seniors.
“The fire department is actually providing the medical personnel who are going out, and literally, you have to go apartment by apartment, home by home and do this one-on-one,” he said. “It takes time, it’s labor intensive. But now that we’re starting to get the Johnson & Johnson doses, we’re going to be able to do it.”