FILE PHOTO: Registered nurse Sheba Phillip prepares a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during a vaccination event for local adolescents and adults outside the Bronx Writing Academy school in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York, U.S., June 4, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Segar

New York City is offering $100 to encourage unvaccinated people to take the Covid-19 vaccine, starting Wednesday through Oct. 3, at a southeast Queens site.

Two of the three COVID-19 vaccines approved by the FDA will be available. The Pfizer vaccine for people 12 years of age and older, and the Johnson and Johnson single-shot for all adults aged 18 and older.

Officials at the designated vaccine location — Ss. Joachim & Anne Parish Catholic School / Wayanda Park — will give a $100 pre-paid debit card or gift card to anyone age 18 or older getting vaccinated for the first time. Sixteen- to 17-year-olds must have a note from a parent or a guardian to receive the Pfizer vaccine and get the $100. Youth ages 12 to 15 must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian. 

All New Yorkers can get a vaccine regardless of immigration or documentation status, language spoken or health insurance status, the city says. People’s information will be kept private and will not affect their immigration status. At-home appointments are also available for those who cannot travel to the sites. Those New Yorkers will also receive the $100 for their first shot.

No medical documentation is needed to take a vaccine or booster shot.

The shots will be available Wednesday, Sep. 22, Sunday, Sep. 26, Wednesday Sep. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 3 from 8 am to 6 pm. Ss. Joachim & Anne Parish Catholic School / Wayanda Park is located at 218-27 Hollis Ave, Queens, NY 11429. The entrance is near the parking lot at 105th Ave. & 217th Lane. 

For more information about Covid-19 vaccine incentives, visit the city’s coronavirus site

Paul Jr. Prudent

Paul Junior Prudent started his journalism career in 2011 at Radio Ibo in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In 2018, he received accreditation from the NBA to cover the Knicks and the Nets for Radio Ibo. He's collaborated with multiple media outlets in Haiti including Le Nouvelliste, Le Matin, Ayibopost, and Port-au-Prince Post.

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