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- A new vaccination site opened in Times Square on Monday.
- The site aims to vaccinate those involved in the theater, TV and film.
- De Blasio and Lin-Manuel Miranda celebrated the opening.
As vaccination sites continue to pop-up and expand across the country, Lin-Manuel Miranda helped celebrate the opening of a new vaccination site in Times Square. The new site will vaccinate people involved in the theater, TV and film.
“We want to make it easier for the actors and crews to get vaccinated,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio during a press conference.
Broadway shut down in March 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic swept across the nation. On April 2 this year, New York eased restrictions to allow entertainment venues to reopen at 33 percent capacity, or a maximum of 100 people indoors. However, this has not helped Broadway shows, which are now selling tickets for a reopening in September.
Miranda created and starred in Broadway’s “Hamilton,” which features a song titled “My Shot.” To create excitement and awareness surrounding the new vaccination center, de Blasio tweeted, “Don't throw away your shot! Join me, @Lin_Manuel and more at our new Times Square #COVID19 vaccination site.”
Johns Hopkins University data states that the United States is vaccinating at a rate above the global average.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 36.4 percent of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 22.3 percent are fully vaccinated.
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