NEW YORK — To help improve COVID vaccination rates in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new incentive program on Monday called “A Shot in the Park.”
Anyone who gets vaccinated between May 24 and May 31 can receive a free two-day pass to any state park in New York.
“If you come to a state park on Memorial Day weekend, if you get a shot when you come — Jones Beach is perfect, you’re driving in, you have to go right past the vaccine center — stop, get a vaccine, and you get a two-day pass to come into any state park,” Cuomo said Monday during a COVID briefing at Jones Beach on Long Island.
Additionally, pop-up vaccination sites will be held at the following state parks over Memorial Day weekend:
- Belmont Lake State Park: May 30
- Buffalo Harbor State Park: May 29 – May 31
- Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park: May 29 – May 31
- FDR State Park: May 29th – May 31
- Grafton Lakes State Park: May 29 – May 31
- Green Lakes State Park: May 29 – May 31
- Harriman State Park at Lake Welch: May 29 – May 31
- Heckscher State Park: June 5
- Hempstead Lake State Park: June 6
- Letchworth State Park: May 29 – May 30
- Robert Moses State Park: May 29 – May 30
- Roberto Clemente State Park: May 29 – May 31
- Sunken Meadow State Park: May 29, May 31
- Taughannock Falls State Park: May 29 – May 31
- Westcott Beach State Park: May 29 – May 30
The governor said the state parks system recorded a new record of visitors in 2020 with 78 million guests.
As of Monday, 63.7% of adult New Yorkers have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine and 54.9% were fully vaccinated.