New York City plans vaccination sites for theater workers, in advance of fall reopening

Posted on: March 29, 2021

“New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday that the city plans to create a coronavirus vaccination site on Broadway that will be reserved for theater industry workers, promising to dedicate city resources to help Broadway theaters reopen for live performances in the fall,” write Julia Jacobs and Michael Paulson in Thursday’s (3/25) New York Times. “Mr. de Blasio said that in addition to the Broadway vaccination site, there would be a mobile vaccination unit to serve theater workers beyond Broadway. The sites will be staffed by theater workers, many of whom have been relying on unemployment insurance since Broadway shut down over a year ago…. The city’s plans will not change the state’s rules around vaccine eligibility…. Mr. de Blasio said that the sites would be set up over the next four weeks.… There will also be pop-up coronavirus testing sites located at or near Broadway and Off Broadway theaters to make sure that there is ample testing available as the theater industry tries to get back on its feet…. Once eligibility rules are expanded, this newly announced vaccination site would not turn away workers in the performing arts industry who are outside the theater sector.”