New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in the US has introduced a new feature on its Live Subway Map, helping the commuters to easily locate the nearest Covid-19 vaccination sites.
Launched in a beta phase last year, the map will allow commuters to see which subway stations are situated closest to vaccination sites.
It will also deliver precise information in connection with the type of vaccine provided at the centre, cost and eligibility, along with a link to schedule an appointment.
New York City Transit interim president Sarah Feinberg said: “We know that many New Yorkers rely on public transit to get to a vaccination site. Just as we did by launching new bus routes in Queens and Brooklyn last week, this new feature represents yet another way in which New York City Transit is thinking outside the box to make sure that the people of this city can seamlessly access the vaccination sites.”
MTA chief customer officer Sarah Meyer said: “When we debuted the Live Subway Map in October, we promised that it would evolve and take on new functions over time. Today is an example of just that. We’re proud to play a small role in helping untold numbers of New Yorkers find out how to get up to date, accurate subway directions to their vaccination sites. As more sites open and the numbers of New Yorkers eligible for receiving the vaccine grows, we’ll continue to adapt and help keep the map up to date with the latest information.”
The new feature has been added by Work & Co, a Brooklyn-based technology and design company.
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This is the same firm that has developed the Live Subway Map, which is a first-of-its-kind guide for navigating through the subway system in real-time.
The data powering the MTA’s Vaccine Locator feature and New York City’s vaccine website is the same.