NY-12 COVID-19 Vaccine and Recovery Update 6/9/2021
As our city, state, and country continue to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, I write today to update you and your loved ones with the most important information during this ever-changing pandemic landscape. I hope you find it helpful. If you have friends or family who would like to receive this update, they can sign up here.
By the Numbers
Vaccine Doses Administered: 2,208,407,256
Doses Administered: 304,753,476
People Fully Vaccinated: 140,980,110
% Fully Vaccinated: 42.85%
New York State
Doses Administered: 20,311,072
People Fully Vaccinated: 8,703,798
% Fully Vaccinated: 44.47%
New York City
Doses Administered: 8,593,779
People Fully Vaccinated: 3,782,085
% Fully Vaccinated: 45%
President Biden and his administration continue to take steps to combat the health and economic crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, that included celebrating the 13 states reached the milestone of 70% of adults with at least one dose of a vaccine, COVID-19 cases being down over 90% and deaths being down over 85% since President Biden took office, securing enough vaccine supply for all Americans, and announcing a strategy for global vaccine sharing.
New York State Updates
Vaccination Walk-Up Appointments
All New York State mass vaccination sites are open to New Yorkers 16 and older for walk-in vaccinations on a first come first serve basis. The walk-in appointments are reserved for first doses, with second doses to be scheduled automatically after administration of the initial shot. Vaccine providers are also encouraged to allow walk-in appointments.
People who would prefer to schedule an appointment at a state-run mass vaccination site can do so online here or by calling 1-833-NYS-4-VAX. New Yorkers can also contact their local health department, pharmacy, doctor, or hospital to schedule appointments where vaccines are available.
You can also use vaccinefinder.org to find information on vaccine appointments near you.
Pop-Up Vaccination Sites
11 new pop-up vaccination sites – including 3 here in New York City – were announced by New York State this week. The NYC pop-up sites will be open at SAGE Center Bronx at Crotona Pride House tomorrow, Thursday, June 10 and at Prospect Plaza Community Center and Challenge Charter Middle School this Saturday, June 12.
Full list of locations here.
Lifting COVID-19 Restrictions
New York State has announced that most of the remaining COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted once 70% of New Yorkers ages 18 or older have received at least the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccination series. Specific guidelines — including capacity restrictions, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, health screening, and contact information for tracing — will become optional for retail, food services, offices, gyms and fitness centers, amusement and family entertainment, hair salons, and barber shops and personal care services, among other commercial settings. Large-scale event venues, pre-K to 12 schools, public transit, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, nursing homes, and healthcare settings must continue to follow the State's guidelines until more New Yorkers are vaccinated.
More information here.
School Mask Guidance
School districts can now choose to lift the requirement that their students must wear masks outdoors. Guidance on mask use indoors remains in place. This change aligns New York State's guidance on schools with CDC guidance on summer camps, where even unvaccinated students are not currently required to wear masks outdoors.
Small Business Recovery Grant Program
This week, New York State introduced legislation to waive taxes on grants from the $800 million COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program. Applications for the program will be accepted starting tomorrow for small and micro businesses and small for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations. Flexible grants of up to $50,000 will be made available to eligible small businesses and can be used for operating expenses including payroll, rent or mortgage payments, taxes, utilities, personal protective equipment, or other business expenses incurred during the pandemic.
More information here.
COVID-19 Vaccine Incentives
Vax & Scratch
Vax & Scratch is a vaccination program providing free NYS lottery scratch-off tickets to individuals aged 18 and older for a chance to win up to $5 million. This program has been extended through Friday, June 11.
A list of participating vaccine sites and more information is available here.
Empire State Realty Trust
New York State is partnering with Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., which will use Excelsior Pass at all of its New York State properties. Starting today, any Empire State Realty Trust tenant or visitor in New York will be able to present their Excelsior Vaccination Pass as proof of COVID-19 vaccination and skip the building's screening procedures which include temperature screening.
New York City Updates
To find the testing site closest to you, click here, text “COVID TEST” to 855-48, or call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).
Signing Up To Get Your Vaccine
If you are 16 or older, you can use the NYC Vaccine Finder to find a vaccination location near you and make an appointment.
Additional COVID-19 vaccine sites will be added as they are available. You can also make an appointment by phone by calling 1-877-VAX-4NYC (1-877-829-4692).
Vaccinations at Home
New York City is providing in-home Johnson & Johnson vaccinations to eligible NYC residents who are 75 years of age or older, have a disability, or are fully homebound.
If you think you may be eligible for an in-home vaccination, fill out an interest form.
The form does not set up an appointment, but allows you to be contacted to further discuss your eligibility.
Read more about vaccinating fully homebound New Yorkers.
NYC Mobile & Pop-Up Vaccine Sites
To better meet New Yorkers' needs, NYC has deployed temporary, roaming vaccination sites across the City. There are two versions of these temporary sites: mobile and pop-up. Appointments are not required, but you can book an appointment at many of these sites in advance online or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC.
Click here to see the upcoming schedule.
While the vaccination process is underway, every New Yorker should continue to follow NYC’s prevention guidance and do your part to stop the spread.
As always, your concerns still and always remain my top priority. Please do not hesitate to email me through my website.