Vaccination cards joined funny hats and noisemakers as the must-have accessories for Friday night’s scaled-back New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square.
Reveler Bryce Steven, 25, of Albany, said he had to show proof he’d been jabbed against COVID-19 whenever he moved from one viewing area to another ahead of the famed midnight ball drop.
“They checked my vaccination card four times,” he said of workers in special green jackets.
“It’s good, though,” he added.
“It means they care about us.”
Amid surging cases of the highly transmissible Omicron variant, a mere 15,000 people were being given access to the Crossroads of the World, a far cry from the tens of thousands who typically gather for the iconic party.