NY-12 COVID-19 Vaccine & Recovery Update

Jun 16, 2021

Dear Friend,


Before we get to this week's COVID-19 Vaccine and Recovery Update, I want to invite you to this month's virtual Coffee with Carolyn. I hope to see you Friday morning. RSVP here.





This week, New York finally reached 70% of adults who have now received at least one of their COVID-19 vaccinations, ahead of President Biden's goal for the country to reach this benchmark by July 4th! Additionally, President Biden made strides at both the US-EU Summit and G7 summit to end COVID-19 across the globe and COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted across New York. 


More on these and other updates below. If you have friends or family who would like to receive this update, they can sign up here.



By the Numbers


Vaccine Doses Administered: 2,439,233,633

*data from Johns Hopkins 


United States 

Doses Administered: 312,915,170

People Fully Vaccinated: 146,456,124

% Fully Vaccinated: 44.62%

*data from Johns Hopkins 


New York State 

Doses Administered: 20,912,179

People Fully Vaccinated: 9,078,957

% Fully Vaccinated: 46.39%

*data from Johns Hopkins


New York City 

Doses Administered: 8,831,882

  • Dose 1 of 2: 4,604,443
  • Dose 2 of 2: 3,852,018
  • Single Dose: 375,421

People Fully Vaccinated: 3,942,635

% Fully Vaccinated: 47% 

*data from NYC Health



Getting Your Vaccine

Vaccine Walk-Up & Appointment Information

All New York State run mass vaccination sites are open to New Yorkers 16 and older for walk-up vaccinations on a first come first serve basis. These walk-up 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. 


You can find New York State run sites here or use the NYC Vaccine Finder to find a vaccination location and make an appointment. 


You can also make an appointment via phone by calling 1-833-NYS-4-VAX for state run sites or 1-877-VAX-4NYC for city run sites.



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, you can fill out an interest form here


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.



New Vaccine Sites

College of Staten Island 

The College of Staten Island vaccination site will operate until tomorrow, Thursday, June 17, and is participating in the State's 'Vax & Scratch' Program. 


More information here



Empire State Building Observatory

The Empire State Building Observatory vaccination site will open beginning Friday, June 18. It will operate for three consecutive weekends: June 18-20, June 25-27, and July 2-4 from 8 AM -  12 PM. Second-dose appointments will be made on-site. Those receiving their first vaccine dose will be given the opportunity to go up to the 86th floor outdoor deck and enjoy the view. 


More information here



National Updates

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 entering a joint pledge with the European Union to end the COVID-19 pandemic, prepare for future global health challenges, and drive forward a sustainable global recovery; committing to provide more than 2 billion vaccines for the world in partnership with other G7+ leaders; launching the Build Back Better World (B3W) Partnership at the G7 Summit; announcing Child Tax Credit Awareness Day; and donating half a billion Pfizer vaccines to 92 low- and lower middle-income countries and the African Union.



New York State Updates

Opening NY 

COVID-19 restrictions are now lifted as 70% of New Yorkers aged 18 or older have received the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccination series! New York State’s health guidance and New York Forward industry specific guidelines — including social gathering limits, capacity restrictions, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, health screening, and contact information for tracing — are now 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. 


State health guidelines continue to require the wearing of masks for large-scale indoor events, pre-K through grade 12 schools, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, nursing homes, health care facilities, and public transit. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear a mask in accordance with CDC guidelines. 


More information here



New York State Fair 

The 2021 New York State Fair will increase capacity to 100% and reopen many popular buildings with additional vendors. 


More information here.



NYC Parks 

As of this past Monday, June 14, the first phase of recreation center re-openings began with 13 centers opening to existing members. Two additional recreation centers will reopen to members on Wednesday, June 23. To prevent overcrowding, recreation centers will only be open to members who were active as of March 2020 for the time being. 


More information here



COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program 

Applications opened for the $800 million New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program on June 10.


This program reimburses New York small businesses with grants of up to $50,000 for COVID-19 related expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and April 1, 2021. Grants will be awarded to small and micro businesses and small for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations. 


More information here



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). 



COVID-19 Vaccine Incentives 

NYC Vaccine Referral Bonus 

The ‘NYC Vaccine Referral Bonus’ program launched this week. The City will work with community-based organizations to turn out their neighbors, awarding $100 for each referral that leads to an individual receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a City-run site. 


More information here.



Hometown Heroes Ticker Tape Parade 

New York’s essential workers more than deserve to be honored with a ticker tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes. I look forward to celebrating and thanking the incredible New Yorkers who kept this city going throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


The parade, which will take place at 11 AM on July 7, 2021, will begin by Manhattan’s Battery Park, travel along the Canyon of Heroes, and end with a ceremony in City Hall Park. 


More information here



Additional Resources 


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

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Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress