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New York launches new 'Shot in the Park' vaccine incentive

With vaccination rates down by more than half, New York State is offering another incentive to get vaccinated with the new ‘Shot in the Park’ initiative.

Posted: May 24, 2021 12:39 PM
Updated: May 24, 2021 3:40 PM

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. – With vaccination rates down by more than half, New York State is offering another incentive to get vaccinated with the new ‘Shot in the Park’ initiative.

On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced anyone who gets the first vaccine shot, or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson, from May 24 - 31 will get a free two-day pass to any state park.

Cuomo said the state will also set up vaccine clinics at 16 state parks so people can get vaccinated and then receive a free pass to the park all at the same time.

Vaccinations will be offered at the following new pop-up sites:

  • 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 29 - 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
  • Jones Beach State Park: Already operates as state-run site
  • 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

A visitor can show confirmation of their eligible vaccination at any of New York's 181 State Parks to receive their pass, including Delta Lake State Park, Pixley Falls State Park and Verona Beach State Park.

Passes can be used for parking and beach and pool privileges throughout park network, which includes 67 beaches and 35 pool and splash pads.

Monday also marked the first day of a new vaccine incentive offering a free lottery scratch-off ticket to those who get vaccinated at state-run sites. The top lottery prize is $5 million.

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