NY-12 COVID Vaccination & Recovery Update 10/6/2021

Oct 6, 2021

Dear Friend,


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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.

On Saturday, we passed the devastating milestone of 700,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19. My thoughts are with all those who have lost loved ones. They will never be the same. Getting vaccinated can save your life and the lives of those you love. If you have not done so, please consult with your doctor and get vaccinated today.

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: 6,365,763,194

*data from Johns Hopkins



United States

Doses Administered:  398,675,414

People Fully Vaccinated: 186,385,751

% Fully Vaccinated: 56.78%

*data from Johns Hopkins



New York State

Doses Administered: 26,251,120

People Fully Vaccinated: 12,518,165

% Fully Vaccinated: 63.96%

*data from Johns Hopkins



New York City

Doses Administered: 11,613,686

  • Dose 1 of 2: 5,912,646
  • Dose 2 of 2: 5,199,005
  • Single Dose: 502,035

People Fully Vaccinated:  5,338,367

% Fully Vaccinated: 64%

*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 MAYreceive 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.



New Pop-Up Vaccination Sites
The State is continuing to open new #VaxtoSchool pop-up vaccination sites to increase vaccination rates among school-aged New Yorkers. New locations are established on a rolling basis, and more sites will be announced each week over the 12-week period.

Find a full list of new locations and hours 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.



New York Updates

Expanded Healthcare Worker Vaccine Mandate
Yesterday, the State announced an expansion of the healthcare worker vaccine mandate to include employees who work in facilities offering healthcare to individuals served by the Office of Mental Health and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. Under the new directive, staff who work in settings that treat some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers will be required to show proof of at least the first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine series by November 1, without a test-out option. Ahead of that requirement, staff in these settings will be required to submit to weekly testing, if unvaccinated, beginning October 12.

Read more here.


Healthcare Staffing Update
Following the implementation of the State's vaccination mandate, zero healthcare facilities across New York have closed. Governor Hochul has directed a 24/7 Operations Center to constantly monitor staffing operations and trends statewide, provide guidance to healthcare facilities, and help troubleshoot situations with providers as necessary.

Read more here.

Excelsior Pass Update
This week, New York’s Excelsior Pass Scanner app has been updated to enable the validation of SMART Health Cards from trusted issuers outside of New York State based on federal and state COVID-19 guidance. The app can be downloaded for free by any business or venue in the United States.

Read more here.

Severance Pay for Hotel Service Employees
This week, City legislation was signed that requires severance pay for hotel service employees if a hotel with more than 100 rooms and laid off more than 75% of its employees or closed during the COVID-19 pandemic fails to reopen by November 1. If a hotel does not reopen by this date, the hotel must pay a weekly benefit of $500 per employee for a period of up to 30 weeks.

Read more here.

NYC Public Health Corps
Last week, Mayor de Blasio announced that the City has established the NYC Public Health Corps (PHC), a new, innovative effort to expand the public health workforce, strengthen community health infrastructure, and promote health equity for the communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more 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


This Friday, October 9 from 10:30 - 11:30am my staff and I are hosting Mobile Casework Hours at Driggs Ave and Russell Street. We'll be there to answer questions and provide help with federal agencies. 


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