Lions And Zoos

Bronx Zoo is now a vaccination site; offering a free ticket for a future visit


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A medical worker administers an injected COVID-19 vaccine to Luis Herrera of the Bronx at a walk-in vaccination site at the Bronx Zoo on Friday, May 21, 2021 (Photo courtesy of the Wildlife Conservation Society / Julie Larsen Maher)

Animal lovers can now be protected from coronavirus by visiting the Bronx Zoo to get their photo and a free ticket to visit the animals at a later date.

The Bronx Zoo is now a New York City designated walk-in closet COVID-19 vaccination site weekdays through Wednesday, June 30, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. As an incentive, anyone vaccinated at the zoo’s vaccination site will leave with a free entry ticket on a subsequent visit (so not on the same day during vaccination).

Bronx Zoo director Jim Breheny said he and his staff were excited to be part of the city’s efforts to get New Yorkers shot in the arms.

“We are all in this fight together to defeat COVID-19,” Breheny said in a statement. “Our participation, including offer free tickets to those getting vaccinated at the Bronx Zoo, will provide a very convenient option for our neighbors and all New Yorkers to get vaccinated. “

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The clinic offers the Pfizer vaccine, which means anyone 12 years of age and older is eligible to be vaccinated. (A parent or guardian must accompany children 17 and under.)

To get vaccinated at the zoo, you must go to the Southern Boulevard parking lot, which is the location of the clinic. You can walk to the grounds via the pedestrian entrance to the Bronx Zoo on Southern Boulevard or drive there through the entrance to the Southern Boulevard parking lot. You will be allowed to park in this parking lot while you are getting vaccinated.

Temporary medical tents and metal barricades in a Bronx Zoo parking lot

A COVID-19 vaccination site in the Southern Boulevard parking lot of the Bronx Zoo on Friday, May 21, 2021 (Photo courtesy of the Wildlife Conservation Society / Julie Larsen Maher)

“The Bronx Zoo has helped the community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” WCS said in a press release.

The zoo served as a staging area for emergency vehicles when the pandemic hit New York City in the spring of 2020 and as a COVID-19 testing site for Montefiore Medical Center employees. And several of the zoo’s lions and tigers tested positive for the coronavirus last year.

The city will also set up a vaccination site at the New York Aquarium on Coney Island in the near future, according to WCS.

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A red river hog in a zoo habitat

A red river hog at the Bronx Zoo. (Courtesy of the Wildlife Conservation Society)

Bronx Zoo Vaccination Clinic FAQs

Here is a summary of the location, dates, times and procedures, adapted from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s FAQ page:

Where and when can I get vaccinated?

South Boulevard parking lot, 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10460, From Friday, May 21 to Wednesday, June 30, 2021, WEEKLY ONLY, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What vaccine is offered at this location?

The Pfizer vaccine, which requires two doses of vaccine. Appointments for the second dose will be made on site after receiving your first dose. After June 3, appointments for your second dose will be scheduled at a different location.

Who can get vaccinated at the Bronx Zoo?

All New Yorkers aged 12 and over. Children aged 12 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Sea lion habitat and signs on mask wearing and social distancing

The sea lion pool at the Bronx Zoo. (Courtesy of the Wildlife Conservation Society)

What should i bring with me?

Please refer to Vaccine eligibility in New York to find out what type of ID you need to bring. Please also fill in the NYS COVID-19 vaccine sheet before your arrival.

Why should I get vaccinated at the Bronx Zoo?

Anyone receiving a vaccine at the Bronx Zoo will receive a free ticket for a future visit. The Bronx Zoo determines the date of the visit; you cannot exchange it for another day.

Can I visit the zoo after being vaccinated?

Due to capacity restrictions at the zoo, the free ticket you will receive will be for an upcoming visit date – not the day you get vaccinated.

You can read a full explanation of the vaccination logistics here.

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