It's another major step forward in the war on the coronavirus today in New York City, with the arrival of the initial supply of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
SHIRLEEN ALLICOT: We begin now with the race to vaccinate, and a major step forward today in New York City, with the arrival of the first initial supply of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
KEN ROSATO: Tonight, Yankee Stadium will be looking for a grand slam when they begin offering doses of the J&J vaccine around the clock.
SHIRLEEN ALLICOT: Eyewitness News reporter Derick Waller is live outside Yankee Stadium with the details. Derick?
DERICK WALLER: Shirleen, Ken, much of the state's supply of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is headed right here to Yankee Stadium, and they're going to start using it tonight to make this a fully 24/7 operation. The state run vaccine site is going to be open 24 hours a day, starting tonight, with the J&J one dose shot being administered in the overnight hours.
The Javits Center is also going 24 hours starting Friday night. The mayor's senior advisor for public health says any vaccine is effective.
JAY VARMA: We really want to steer away from this notion that getting one brand of vaccine is going to be demonstrably different than getting another brand of vaccine. I would really hope that the story would be about 24 hour access at Javits Center, as opposed to if you come at this time, you're getting this brand, versus another time, you're getting another.
DERICK WALLER: And this morning at 8:00 AM, the city is opening another vaccine site at Co-op City in the Bronx. The Bronx, by the way, has the highest COVID infection rate right now. It will also be accessible to other residents of the Northeast Bronx, like Edenwald and Wakefield. So back here at Yankee Stadium, I can tell you the city is getting its own separate supply of the J&J vaccine, and that, they say, is going to be allotted to homebound seniors.