NY-12 COVID Update 5/26/2021
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: 33,166,418
People Fully Vaccinated: 131,850,089
% Fully Vaccinated: 40.17%
New York State
Confirmed Cases: 2,097,200
People Fully Vaccinated: 8,125,838
% Fully Vaccinated: 41.52%
New York City
Total Cases (daily average of last 7 days): 429
Hospitalizations – At least (daily average of last 7 days): 32
Confirmed Deaths – At least (daily average of last 7 days): 10
People Fully Vaccinated: 3,475,812
% Fully Vaccinated: 41.7%
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 ensuring access to affordable, safe, energy efficient, and resilient housing in the aftermath of COVID-19, announcing that 50% of American adults are now fully vaccinated, and signing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law.
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 vaccination 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 on the Am I Eligible App or by calling 1-833-NYS-4-VAX. People may 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: Airports
Seven new pop-up vaccination sites will be located at airports in New York City, White Plains, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo. The sites will be open for walk-in vaccinations on a first come, first served basis using the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Full list of vaccination sites here.
Schools Re-Opening in September
Based on current COVID trajectory, all New York State schools will reopen for full in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year beginning in September.
Renters and Small Businesses Assistance
New York State has set aside $3.5 billion in assistance for renters and small businesses experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of this $3.5 billion, $2.7 billion is designated for emergency rental assistance and $800 million for the small business recovery grant program.
Applications for the emergency rental assistance program open June 1, and for the small business recovery grant program on June 10.
More information here.
COVID-19 Vaccine Incentives
Get a Shot to Make Your Future
This week, the State announced the "Get a Shot to Make Your Future" program for 12- to 17-year-olds. Beginning tomorrow, May 27, eligible New York teens and their parents can enter into a random prize drawing to win one of fifty available full scholarships to any New York State public college or university. These scholarships will cover tuition and room and board.
New York State will select 10 winners per week over five weeks for a total of 50 winners. Federal COVID-19 relief and outreach funds will be used to cover the cost of this vaccination incentive program.
Sign-up to be notified when the drawing begins here.
Two-Day Pass to Any New York State Park
This week, New York State announced that every person who gets vaccinated, with either their first dose or single dose of Johnson & Johnson, anywhere in New York State between May 24 and 31 is eligible to receive a free two-day pass to any New York State Park. Pass will be valid through September 30, 2021 and can be picked up at any New York State Park by showing confirmation of their eligible vaccination. Passes can be used for parking, beach, and pool privileges throughout the State's Parks network.
More information available here.
Vax & Scratch
Vax & Scratch is a vaccination program that will provide free NYS lottery scratch-off tickets to individuals 18 and over for a chance to win up to $5 million.
The program will initially include 10 vaccination sites in New York City, on Long Island, and in the Mid-Hudson, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, and Western New York regions. The sites will be open until Friday, May 28.
More information 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.
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).
Get Vaccinated, Win Knicks Tickets
The New York Knicks are offering a chance to win game tickets to New Yorkers 16 and older who get their COVID-19 vaccine at The Pennsy Food Hall over the next two weeks.
The Pennsy Food Hall is located outside of Madison Square Garden at 2 Pennsylvania Plaza. The vaccination site will be open on May 27, June 1, and June 3 between 10:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M.
More information here.
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.