NY-12 COVID Update 3/3/2021
As our city, state, and country continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic and community spread, 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
Confirmed Cases: 28,721,261
People Fully Vaccinated: 26,162,122
% Fully Vaccinated: 8.00%
New York State
Confirmed Cases: 1,656,684
People Fully Vaccinated: 1,694,387
% Fully Vaccinated: 8.52%
New York City
(Last 7 days)
Total Cases: 26,480
Confirmed Deaths: 413
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 the emergency use authorization of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and the announcement that the United States will have enough vaccine doses for all adults by the end of May.
The White House also announced the recommitment of both the United States and Mexico to continuing cooperation in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes ensuring operational continuity of supply chains and reforming border policies to reflect on-the-ground realities. You can read more about President Biden’s meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador here.
Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
Last weekend, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization for a third safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, the Janssen COVID-19 (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. This vaccine arrived in New York today, and is available at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan, and Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. New York expects to receive approximately 164,800 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week.
New York State Updates
As of March 2, 15.2% of New Yorkers have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and more than 3 million first doses have been administered by New York providers.
Where and How Can I Get a Vaccine Through NYS?
Vaccines are available at pharmacies, hospitals, and through local health departments statewide – please contact your provider of choice to schedule your vaccine appointment.
Additionally, there is a network of State-run sites distributing vaccine statewide – to determine eligibility and to schedule an appointment at New York State-run vaccination sites, use the Am I Eligible app.
An appointment is required. If you visit a location without an appointment you will not receive a vaccine.
New FEMA Vaccination Sites: Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, & Yonkers
Today, the State announced the opening of New York State-FEMA mass vaccination sites in Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, and Yonkers. These sites will vaccinate 1,000 New Yorkers each day. Appointments are available to eligible New Yorkers within the host county, with the exception of Albany, which will also serves residents from Rensselaer and Schenectady Counties.
Vaccine Network Expansion
New York State will begin to partner with local health departments to include vaccination sites for the 65+ population across the state. This program will be in partnership with local health departments and will assist New Yorkers with transportation to and from the vaccination facilities.
Extended Open Enrollment
The Open Enrollment Period for uninsured New Yorkers has been extended through May 15, 2021. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health, New York's Official Health Plan Marketplace, or directly through insurers.
Coverage start dates will vary:
Individuals who are eligible for other NY State of Health programs - Medicaid, Essential Plan, and Child Health Plus - can continue to enroll year-round.
New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health online at nystateofhealth.ny.gov, by phone at 1-855-355-5777, or by connecting with a free enrollment assister.
COVID Alert NY
As a reminder, New York State has launched COVID Alert NY, an app to provide COVID-19 exposure alerts to help protect your community while maintaining your privacy. More information here.
The State is strongly encouraging eligible and healthy New Yorkers to donate blood. During this crisis, we have seen severe blood shortages across NYS. Your donation could save a life. More information here.
As I make this request, I am aware of and working to reverse the antiquated three month deferral policy for MSM who wish to donate blood. Earlier this year, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez and I were successful in getting the FDA to decrease the 12 month deferral period to three months, but we need to completely get rid of this policy that is not based on current science, stigmatizes the LGBTQIA+ community, and undermines crucial efforts to increase the nation’s blood supply as we grapple with the coronavirus crisis.
New York City Updates
Vaccine-Eligible New Yorkers
New York is currently in Phase 1a and 1b of vaccination distribution.
Signing Up To Get Your Vaccine
If you are eligible, 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).
While the vaccination process is underway, every New Yorker should continue to wear a mask, social distance and avoid small and large gatherings. Please 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.