NY-12 COVID Vaccination & Recovery Update 10/20/2021

Oct 20, 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.

Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for all City workers. Beginning October 29, City employees will be required to have proof of at least one dose. And this week, the Biden administration announced an update on operational planning for COVID-19 vaccinations for kids ages 5 – 11.

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


Vaccine Doses Administered: 6,942,520,669

*data from Johns Hopkins



United States

Doses Administered:  408,265,959

People Fully Vaccinated: 189,141,481

% Fully Vaccinated: 57.62%

*data from Johns Hopkins



New York State

Doses Administered: 26,841,626

People Fully Vaccinated: 12,627,804

% Fully Vaccinated: 64.52%

*data from Johns Hopkins



New York City

Doses Administered: 11,872,679

  • Dose 1 of 2: 6,017,727
  • Dose 2 of 2: 5,342,094
  • Single Dose: 512,858

People Fully Vaccinated:  5,486,479

% Fully Vaccinated: 65.8%

*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.



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.

In accordance with the CDC's recommendations, there are four groups of New Yorkers who are now eligible for their COVID-19 booster dose.

New Yorkers who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine SHOULD receive their booster dose at least six months after their primary vaccine series IF:

  • They are 65 years and older or residents in long-term care settings.
  • They are 50 - 64 years of age with underlying medical conditions.

New Yorkers who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine MAY receive their COVID-19 booster dose at least six months after their primary vaccine series IF:

  • They are 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions, based on individual benefits and risks.
  • They are 18 - 64 years and are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their occupational or institutional setting, based on individual benefits and risks.

Read more here.



Vaccine Walk-Up & Appointment Information

All New York State run mass vaccination sites are open to New Yorkers aged 16 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. Click here to see a list of #VastoSchool pop-up locations.



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, the Biden administration announced a plan to ensure that if a vaccine is authorized for children ages 5-11, it is quickly distributed and made conveniently and equitably available to families across the country. Read more here.


Also, last Thursday President Biden gave remarks on the COVID-⁠19 Response and Vaccination Program where he noted that COVID-19 cases are down 47% and hospitalizations are down 38% over the past six weeks.



New York Updates

NYC Workforce Vaccine Mandate

Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for all City workers. Starting now, City employees will receive an extra $500 in their paycheck for receiving their first shot. This benefit will end at 5pm on Friday, October 29, by which point City employees are required to have proof of at least one dose. Unvaccinated employees will be placed on unpaid leave until they show proof of vaccination to their supervisor.


Read more here.



Updated New York COVID-19 Data Website

Yesterday, New York launched a new centralized website for the State’s COVID-19 data. This website includes new data as well as a reorganization of previously released data to make it easier for the public to access, read, and understand. In addition, more COVID-19 data is now being made available on Health Data NY.


You can find the new website here.



Flu Shots

Flu season is now upon us. Please remember to consult with your doctor and get both a flu and COVID-19 vaccine this year. The COVID-19 vaccine and/or a booster dose can be received at the same time as the seasonal flu shot. Flu season occurs primarily from October through May, often peaking between December and February.


Watch Governor Hochul’s new Flu shot PSA here.




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.



You're Invited!

I’m kicking off my Community Virtual Town Hall Series this week with an event for Queens and Long Island City on Thursday, October 21st from 7pm-8pm. Please RSVP to attend this event by clicking here.



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