NY-12 COVID Update 4/14/2021
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
Confirmed Cases: 31,345,985
People Fully Vaccinated: 69,211,473
% Fully Vaccinated: 21.15%
New York State
Confirmed Cases: 1,967,248
People Fully Vaccinated: 4,595,143
% Fully Vaccinated: 23.51%
New York City
Total Cases (Last 7 days) 21,373
Hospitalizations (Last 7 days) 1,074
Confirmed Deaths (Last 7 days) 258
People Fully Vaccinated: 1,860,168
% Fully Vaccinated: 28%
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 pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as the CDC and FDA review six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals who received this vaccine. This will not have a significant impact on the country’s vaccination plan.
The full statement from the White House on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can be found here.
New York State Updates
Where and How Can I Get a Vaccine Through NYS?
Additionally, there is a network of State-run sites distributing vaccine statewide. To determine your eligibility and to schedule an appointment, use the Am I Eligible app.
An appointment is required. If you visit a location without an appointment you will not receive a vaccine.
16 Community-Based Pop-Up Vaccination Sites
This week, 16 new community-based pop-up vaccination sites opened at houses of worship, community centers, gathering spaces, and local businesses.
A full list of new locations can be found here.
Vaccinating College Students
New York will provide a new, separate allocation of 35,000 vaccines to address the college student population at SUNY schools and private colleges and universities. This initial allocation will include 21,000 vaccines to be administered to SUNY students and 14,000 vaccines to be administered at private institutions. The vaccines will be administered to residential and non-commuter students who are leaving for the summer. Students can make appointments through their schools.
More information here.
Opening NY: Graduation and Commencement Ceremonies
Effective May 1, indoor and outdoor graduation and commencement ceremonies will be allowed with limited capacity, depending on event size and location. All event organizers and venues hosting ceremonies must follow the State's strict health and safety protocols, including requiring face masks, social distancing, health screenings and collection of contact tracing information.
Detailed guidance for graduation events is available here.
Extended Open Enrollment
The Open Enrollment Period for uninsured New Yorkers has been extended through December 31, 2021. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health, New York's Official Health Plan Marketplace, or directly through insurers.
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, and 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 you and 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. Last year, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez and I were successful in getting the FDA to decrease the 12-month deferral period to three months. And just this month, I introduced a resolution highlighting the urgent need for nondiscriminatory and equitable blood and blood product donation policies in the United States. Policies governing blood and blood product donation should be grounded in science and based on individual risk factors that do not unfairly single out any group of individuals, particularly LGBTQIA+ Americans. 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
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 aged 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).
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.
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Carolyn B. Maloney