NY-12 COVID Update 4/14/2021

Apr 14, 2021

Dear Friend,


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


Cases: 137852,958

Deaths: 2,965,374

*data from Johns Hopkins


United States

Confirmed Cases: 31,345,985

Deaths: 563,446

People Fully Vaccinated: 69,211,473

% Fully Vaccinated: 21.15%

*data from Johns Hopkins


New York State

Confirmed Cases: 1,967,248

Deaths: 51,258

People Fully Vaccinated4,595,143

% Fully Vaccinated: 23.51%

*data from Johns Hopkins 


New York City

Total Cases (Last 7 days) 21,373

  • Confirmed Cases: 15,261
  • Probable Cases: 6,112

Hospitalizations (Last 7 days) 1,074

Confirmed Deaths (Last 7 days) 258

People Fully Vaccinated: 1,860,168

% Fully Vaccinated: 28%

*data from NYC Health 



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 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? 
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 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 locationAll 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.




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.



Donate Blood 

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).



Additional Resources 


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
Member of Congress