Vaccines, Whales and Travel

By 6/14/2021 07:02:00 PM , ,

So we recently did a vaccinated at American Museum of Natural History.

Honestly I've been on the fence about this. I had lots of pro and con concerns about which vaccines, when we should get them and where we'd go.

But once the vaccine became available for kids 12+, my son and I started discussing travel again and how much we missed going places.

My son has been asking for months, when we're going somewhere. While we love being in NYC, my son enjoys being part of the activities when we visit different cities. I get it. I'm the one who introduced him to that lifestyle!

Now we're ready to be part of that "we outta state" lifestyle again, and we both agreed it was time to get it done.

We looked over various locations to find the right fit for distance, timing and options. Once we saw that American Museum of Natural History had availability, we knew it was the right spot for us. I mean come on, we LOVE that museum.

Once there, the overall process was organized and went quickly. After it was done, we celebrated with a photo beneath the Blue Whale and next to the T-Rex heads. Because of course we would.

Now we can plan a trip to see the Blue Whales in real life. As for dinosaurs, we'll stick to seeing the one's in the museums. No real life dinosaurs for me!

My Disclaimer

Without getting into the vaccination debate, I think it's a personal choice. People do what's right for their families, based on the right information, in the right time and with the right motivation. I encourage families to make informed choices.

If your choice is to get vaccinated, then you have options, use them, which can include going to the American Museum of Natural History to get vaccinated.

COVID Vaccination at American Museum of Natural History

New York City opened a new COVID-19 vaccination site at the American Museum of Natural History. The vaccination site opens under the blue whale in the Museum’s Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.

The Museum’s partnership with the City on this historic and lifesaving effort aligns with its mission of public access and fostering scientific knowledge and understanding, and continues its work to address and educate the public about issues at the frontiers of human health, including COVID-19.

How to Get Your Vaccination

Vaccinations are available 7 days a week, 10 am to 5 pm.

This vaccination site is open to walk-ins, serving U.S. residents ages 12+, with set-aside appointments for New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents and staff and District Council 37 (DC37) members, New York’s largest public employee union, with members who work at New York City cultural institutions.

You can also register for an appointment by visiting NYC Vaccine Finder and selecting the American Museum of Natural History vaccination site or calling 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692).

What to Expect On Arrival

All visitors must proceed through security check and follow the Museum’s Code of Conduct. Luggage, carry-ons, and oversized backpacks are not allowed in the Museum.

Come Back and Visit the Blue Whale

Everyone who receives their vaccination at the Museum will receive a voucher for complimentary general admission to the Museum for up to a group of four. You can redeem this voucher online to reserve timed-entry general admission for a future visit.

Find out more about how an infectious disease like COVID-19 emerges, how vaccines work, and why vaccination will play a critical role in the next phase against COVID-10 in The Science of COVID-19.

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