BRONX, N.Y. — The New York Yankees are stepping up to the plate in the fight to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Yankee Stadium will serve as a mass vaccination site. The site has been established through a partnership between New York State, New York City, the Yankees, SOMOS Community Care, and the New York National Guard.
“The New York Yankees recognize the devastating effect COVID-19 has had on our borough, and it is our privilege to have Yankee Stadium as a host site for providing vaccines to Bronx residents. These vaccinations will make an immediate difference in improving the health of our local community — which has been so overwhelmed by this pandemic — and we extend our appreciation to all those involved with bringing this effort to fruition, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, the State of New York, Mayor Bill De Blasio, the City of New York and SOMOS Community Care. We will do whatever is needed to make this a success,” the Yankees organization stated in a released statement.
“It’s abundantly clear that Black, Latino and poor communities have been hit the hardest by COVID, and the Bronx is no exception,” Cuomo said.
A mass vaccination site at Yankee Stadium is opening on FRIDAY for #Bronx residents.
Vaccinations are by appointment only. You MUST be an eligible resident of the Bronx.
“Our efforts to target vaccinations by locations with higher positivity rates have been working to not only keep the infection rate down, but to help ensure equity in our vaccine distribution process, and opening a mass vaccination site at Yankee Stadium – the Bronx’s most iconic landmark – is the perfect solution to helping this borough get vaccinated and defeat COVID once and for all,” Cuomo explained.
Mayor de Blasio echoed those sentiments on what having a mass vaccination site at Yankee Stadium means for Bronx residents.
“This mega-site shows what our grassroots, equity-driven NYC Vaccine for All effort is all about,” de Blasio remarked.
“Yankee Stadium has always been known for its World Series banners, but now it’ll be recognized as a place where the people of the surrounding community in the Bronx can receive the vaccine doses that they need and deserve. This is about justice and standing up for the neighborhoods that were hardest hit by COVID-19,” de Blasio added.
The Yankee Stadium mega site will bring the #COVID19 vaccine to communities hardest hit by the pandemic.