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Spike Lee on Friday morning made a surprise visit to Yankee Stadium on Opening Day — of New York City’s newest COVID-19 vaccination mega-site.
The “Do the Right Thing” director looked unassuming in a gray Yankees bomber jacket, khakis and baseball cap as he chatted with people queued up to get their first jab.
The Bronx Bombers mecca opened up for the first time Friday as a vaccination mega-sites after weeks of delays due to vaccine shortages.
The borough has posted one of the highest coronavirus positivity rates. Only Bronx residents will be able to be vaccinated there.
Several hundred people were lined up early to get the first shot of the two-dose vaccine.
Officials said they’d already administered jabs to a couple hundred people before mid-morning at the stadium, where appointments are fully booked for at least the next five days.
On Thursday, there were still thousands of open timeslots for appointments, City Councilman Mark Levine said, as he questioned whether the Big Apple has conducted enough outreach to drum up interest in the shots.
Two lines stretched from Gate 4, with one line was for people with appointments and the other for those without.
Spike Lee seen outside Yankee Stadium on February 5, 2021.REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
“I’ve been trying for the last couple of months to make an appointment,” Ralph Davis, a 69-year-old semiretired sanitation worker, told The Post at 8:15 a.m., saying he heard about the site on the “Michael Kay Show.”
“I just called up, got the appointment instantly,” he added.
Two restaurant workers, Jennifer Andon, 27, and her father, Ruben, 50, also were waiting on line after signing up on the Somos Vaccinations website.
“My dad had an appointment at 8:10, it just needs to be more organized, especially in temperatures like these,” Andon said.
“It’s wintertime, it’s unorganized, but we’re more than grateful to have the vaccine either way.
I literally went right away, I saw the link, I made the appointment,” she said. People talking with director Spike Lee outside Yankee Stadium on February 5, 2021.REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
“I helped my neighbors and my aunts make their appointments as well, because we’re all Bronx residents,” Andon added.
Godwin Vorgbedor, a 58-year-old healthcare worker, waited on line without an appointment.
“I heard about it on the TV two days ago and I tried to register on the computer several times. It keep rejecting me, and I’m like, ‘I can’t continue, let me just walk in and see,’” he said after waiting for 45 minutes.
“It’s not moving. They only tell us to space out. I’m ready to pay the price for it, just to make sure I get it,” Vorgbedor added.
People line up outside Yankee Stadium on February 5, 2021.Robert Miller for NY Post
They’re right here. They don’t want to go anywhere, they want to get the vaccine,” Tallaj said.
A City Hall spokeswoman said Thursday that an outreach effort was well underway in The Bronx to spread the word and help facilitate sign-ups.
The city has previously come under fire for a convoluted online sign-up process for its own vaccination hubs that confounded seniors, and admitted that it has to do more to encourage minority communities to get their shots.