The Mets proceed to make huge waves this offseason — however this time it has nothing to do with baseball.
The group will permit Citi Discipline to function a COVID-19 vaccination hub that’s opening to all New Yorkers starting the week of Jan. 25, Mayor Invoice de Blasio introduced Tuesday. The “24/7” vaccination web site will look to jab as many as 7,000 folks with the vaccine every day.
“It’s Amazin’ information, you would possibly say,” de Blasio stated in a Tuesday information convention. “That is going to be improbable. That is going to assist so many individuals to get vaccinated. The Mets group has stepped as much as the plate to assist us out. …
“We even welcome Yankees followers,” the mayor joked.
New Mets proprietor Steve Cohen additionally attended the information convention through video, per AMNewYork.
“We all know the struggling that’s occurring with COVID. Any method the group might assist help this effort, we have been going to do it,” Cohen stated. “We talked about being concerned in our communities and I can’t consider any method that’s extra essential than what this hub goes to do.”
This information is prone to additional ingratiate the brand new Mets proprietor to his fellow New Yorkers. Since taking the helm late final 12 months, Cohen has made good on his pledge to enhance the group. Simply final week, for instance, the Mets traded for superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitcher Carlos Carrasco.
Like Mets followers, Cohen appears wanting to get the 2021 season began, and the vaccination clinic at Citi Discipline might assist give the season at the very least some sense of normalcy.
“The objective is to only get the vaccine in folks’s arms,” Cohen stated through the information convention, per AMNewYork, “so we are able to get this disaster over with and get again to dwelling a standard life.”
Like most areas of the nation, New York has already been vaccinating essentially the most susceptible populations, corresponding to folks 75 years and older and first responders. The checklist of eligible recipients expanded Tuesday to incorporate grocery retailer employees, different public-facing workers and anybody 65 years and older, based on media reviews.
This isn’t the primary time the Mets group has been concerned in group efforts. Shea Stadium’s car parking zone was the location of 9/11 donations drop-offs for these working at Floor Zero and in metropolis firehouses. The Citi Discipline car parking zone was additionally the location of Hurricane Sandy-related aid efforts in 2012.