New York opens mass Covid vaccination site at Javits Convention Center

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People line up as health workers and military personnel work to dispense doses of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the New York State COVID-19 vaccination site at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, in New York, Jan. 13, 2021.

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New York on Wednesday opened a mass Covid-19 vaccination site at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, a key step to accelerate the deployment of life-saving doses.

The Javits Center, put into service as an emergency hospital at the start of the pandemic, has welcomed its first New Yorkers for vaccinations.

“It has been a difficult year for all of us, especially for the events industry. But we are honored to play a role in vaccinating New Yorkers and defeating this invisible foe,” said representatives of the center in a tweet.

New York state has administered around 630,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine, out of a total of 1.8 million allocated to the state so far, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That works out to about 3,200 doses of vaccine per 100,000 people, according to the CDC.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio previously set a goal of vaccinating 1 million New Yorkers by February 1.

People check in for a Covid-19 vaccination at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

The Javits Center begins COVID-19 vaccination for essential workers and people over 65 this morning in New York City, January 13, 2021.

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A man is led by a soldier to get vaccinated at the Javits center.

New York prioritizes older Americans, extending eligibility to all 65 and over.

People arrive to receive doses of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the New York State COVID-19 vaccination site at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on January 13, 2021 .

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People are lining up for a shot.

People line up to receive a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, the United States on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

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A man receives his vaccination.

A man receives a dose of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the New York State COVID-19 vaccination site at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on January 13, 2021.

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A person wears a sticker after receiving a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

New York was one of the worst-hit cities at the start of the pandemic. He’s undergoing a second wave now.

A banner hangs from the ceiling of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on January 13, 2021 during a media tour of the state’s new vaccination site in New York.

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A person wearing a face mask lets go of their thumb after receiving a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

A person wearing a protective mask gives a boost after receiving a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

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