NY-12 COVID Vaccination & Recovery Update 01/13/2022

Jan 13, 2022
Newsletter

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. 
 
This week, the Biden Administration announced plans to increase COVID-19 testing in schools across the country. New York also introduced new measures to combat the pandemic, including expanded testing sites and booster requirements. 

 

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

 

Global

Vaccine Doses Administered: 9,546,363,932

*data from Johns Hopkins

 

United States

Doses Administered:  522,482,674

People Fully Vaccinated: 208,482,674

% Fully Vaccinated: 63.42%

*data from Johns Hopkins

 

New York State

Doses Administered: 35,374,426

People Fully Vaccinated: 14,114,826

% Fully Vaccinated: 72.27%

*data from Johns Hopkins

 

New York City

Doses Administered: 15,549,747

  • Dose 1 of 2: 6,936,789
  • Dose 2 of 2: 5,956,235
  • Additional Dose: 2,411,889
  • Single Dose: 571,299

People Fully Vaccinated:  6,122,495

% Fully Vaccinated: 73%

*data from NYC Health

 

 

Getting Your Vaccine

New York has made available this COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker Dashboard to keep us all updated on the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in our communities.

 

Vaccinating Young New Yorkers

New Yorkers looking to schedule vaccine appointments for 5 - 11 year-old children are encouraged to contact their child's pediatrician, family physician, county health departments, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), rural health centers, or pharmacies that may be administering the vaccine for this age group. Parents and guardians can visit vaccines.gov, text their ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find nearby locations. 
 
New York State’s mass vaccination sites will now also be administering COVID-19 vaccines to children in this age group. Make sure that the provider offers the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, as the other COVID-19 vaccines are not yet authorized for this age group.  
 
Read more here.

 

Booster Shots
New York has now announced a robust implementation of booster doses into the State’s COVID-19 vaccination program, ensuring an efficient, equitable, and effective distribution of booster doses to eligible New Yorkers statewide.

A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will help currently eligible New Yorkers maximize their protection, prolong the vaccine’s durability, and protect New Yorkers at higher risk of infection and severe disease.

Eligible New Yorkers can receive their COVID-19 booster dose. Booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are free and widely available statewide for eligible New Yorkers over the age of 16 and will likely soon be available to 12-15 year olds as well.

You should receive the same vaccine type for your booster dose that you received for your initial vaccine series. If the same vaccine type used for your initial series is not readily available, or a different COVID-19 vaccine is desired, any FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine can be used for your booster dose, according to FDA and CDC guidance.

Read more here.

 

Vaccine Walk-Up & Appointment Information

All New York State run mass vaccination sites are open to New Yorkers aged 5 years 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 offering in-home COVID-19 vaccinations to any city resident who requests one. Any New Yorker requesting in-home vaccination will now have the option to request their vaccine brand preference (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson).

 

If you are interested in this option, you can fill out an interest form here.

 

The form does not set up an appointment, but allows you to be contacted for further discussion. Read more.

 

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.

 

SUNY Testing Sites 
 
Find a full list of SUNY testing sites 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. In the last three weeks, the Biden Administration has shipped 2.4 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to help keep healthcare workers safe. They are also working to continue establishing free testing locations across the nation and stock our country’s medicine cabinet with a diverse portfolio of COVID treatments. You can read more about the latest updates on the federal COVID-19 Plan here. 
 
And yesterday, the Biden Administration also announced that they will send 5 million free rapid tests to schools each month and provide another 5 million lab-based tests each month to keep students safe and schools open. You can read their plan to increase COVID-19 testing in schools here.

 

New York Updates

Statewide Updates: Combatting COVID-19 
Last Friday, New York announced new measures to combat COVID-19. This includes:  

  • Expanded Testing Sites: Building on the existing network of MTA testing sites, four new COVID-19 testing sites will be stood up this week at 125th Street Station, Bedford Park Station, Queens Plaza Station, and Coney Island/Stillwell Station. In addition, ten new SUNY testing sites will be coming online this week, joining the ten already in operation. These new sites include Geneseo, New Paltz, Potsdam, Fredonia, Brockport, Farmingdale State, Morrisville State, Canton, Cobleskill, and SUNY Polytechnic Institute. 
  • Additional 12 million Rapid Tests: The Governor announced the State has ordered an additional 12 million rapid tests, bringing the statewide total to 49 million in the months of December and January. All public and charter schools in New York State have enough tests to implement Test to Stay. The State continues to disperse tests to school districts, counties, nursing homes, congregate settings, hospitals and test sites, among other locations. 
  • Nursing Home Visitation: All nursing home visitors are now required to wear surgical grade masks during visits, as well as provide proof of a negative test within 24 hours of a visit. Nursing homes are continuing to receive tests from the state to support this effort. 
  • Healthcare Worker Booster Requirement: New York State is implementing a first-in-the-nation requirement for healthcare workers to receive boosters within two weeks of eligibility. In addition, NYSDOH has updated its recommendations to align with the CDC recommending boosters in 12-15 year olds. 
  • Pediatric COVID-19 Hospitalizations: The sharp increase in COVID-19 cases nationwide has included our children, with the rate of hospitalizations among children in particular continuing to rise. NYSDOH issued a report  on pediatric COVID-19 hospitalization data. Of note, many children are being admitted to hospitals not because of COVID, but are found to have COVID through hospital testing. Among those who are admitted for COVID symptoms, the vast majority are unvaccinated. 

Updated Booster Dose Guidance 
Last Friday, New York announced new guidance recommending booster doses for all New Yorkers ages 12 and older. The guidance, following action by the CDC, recommends that people, including the newly authorized 12-15 year-old age group, who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine should receive a booster dose at least five months after their second dose. In addition, moderately to severely immunocompromised 5-11-year-olds can receive an additional primary dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine 28 days after their second dose. At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for children ages 5-11. 
 
Read more here.

#VaxForKids Campaign 
Yesterday, Governor Hochul announced a new campaign to increase vaccination rates among children five and older – urging pediatricians, parents, and guardians to help children get vaccinated and keep up with all recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses. 
 
You can view the full website for the campaign here. 
 
NYC Resources to Fight Omicron Surge 
Last Thursday, Mayor Adams committed nearly $145 million in resources to support safety net hospitals and allow NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H) and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to increase staffing and fight the Omicron surge. The City has added $33 million to the COVID-19 Hospital Loan Fund, for a total of $45 million that is accessible to safety net hospitals. The administration is also directing $111 million towards expanding DOHMH and H+H staffing needs, as part of the administration’s COVID-19 response master plan. 
 
You can read more here. 
 
Food Assistance 
All New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for January. All households participating in SNAP —including those already at the maximum level of benefits —will receive a supplemental allotment later this month. 
 
Read more here. 
 
Truck and Bus Driver Shortage 
Today, Governor Hochul announced a plan to help address a critical shortage of truck and bus drivers by significantly expanding the availability of road tests for Commercial Driver License (CDL) applicants. The initiative would allow qualified third parties to offer the road tests, which would create more testing locations statewide and expand capacity at the existing state-run sites, reducing the time it takes to get qualified CDL drivers on the road. 
 
You can read more here. 

 

 

Testing

To find the testing site closest to you, click here, text “COVID TEST” to 855-48, or call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

 

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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Sincerely,

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Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress