New York’s new attraction; a free Covid-19 vaccine

Nora Quintanilla

New York, May 14 (EFE).- New York, one of the most visited cities in the United States, has become a hub for Latin American tourists who have travelled to the US just to get a free Covid-19 vaccine.

The Big Apple has fully embraced its new attraction, using it as their new tourism campaign to reactivate its economy which has been hit hard by coronavirus.

The message is clear: ”We will make sure you get vaccinated while you stay with us,” US authorities ensure travelers coming from countries where vaccines are less accessible.

Germán Sánchez travelled from Colombia to New York with his daughter and son-in-law. Even though he has already been vaccinated, he is accompanying his family to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. His son-in-law Andrés Sintura, said that because he is 25 years old and in good health, it will be “too long” until it is his turn for a vaccine back home.

In Colombia, they are starting to inoculate the age group 50-60, unlike in the US where all ages have access to vaccines.

The only requirement is a photo ID including name and date of birth, a police officer overseeing the pilot vaccination initiative told EFE. The campaign is receiving some 300 people a day and is expecting to receive more over the weekend, he added.

Dennis Alvarado and his wife were enjoying their holiday when they stumbled upon organisers promoting the vaccination campaign outside Grand Central train station.

“We are on a vacation with my wife and we had planned to get vaccinated if we found the opportunity, and here in Grand Central we found it,” he told EFE.

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