NY-12 COVID Vaccination & Recovery Update 11/10/2021
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.
This week, New York launched a new website to help parents navigate the guidance surrounding vaccinations for 5 – 11 year-olds. And the Biden Administration announced additional details of two major vaccination policy updates.
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: 7,346,761,339
Doses Administered: 434,486,889
People Fully Vaccinated: 194,382,921
% Fully Vaccinated: 59.22%
New York State
Doses Administered: 28,221,988
People Fully Vaccinated: 13,101,512
% Fully Vaccinated: 66.94%
New York City
Doses Administered: 12,178,451
People Fully Vaccinated: 5,645,083
% Fully Vaccinated: 67.7%
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. 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.
Additionally, pop-up vaccination sites for 5 -11 year-olds will be operating at NYC elementary schools on select days. To check when your child’s school is offering first dose vaccinations or to download a consent form, please visit the NYC DOE website by clicking here.
Read more here.
Vaccine Walk-Up & Appointment Information
All New York State run mass vaccination sites are open to New Yorkers aged 12 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 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.
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’s program for vaccinating kids ages 5 through 11 launched 20,000 locations, including pediatricians and family doctors’ offices, pharmacies, children’s hospitals, community health centers, rural health clinics, and school-based clinics. They estimate that over 900,000 children have already gotten their first shot. New York City alone has over 1,000 clinics planned at schools, including early-morning-hour clinics before the work-and-school-day begin.
Additionally, the Biden Administration announced new investments to support the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts in the country’s hardest-hit and high-risk communities and populations. Read a breakdown the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force’s final report here. Finally, you can read about two new vaccination policies endorsed by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services here.
New York Updates
Vaccinate, Educate, Graduate' Vaccine Incentive Program
New York has announced new efforts to support vaccinating 5 to 11-year-olds, including the launch of a new vaccine incentive program - 'Vaccinate, Educate, Graduate' - for young New Yorkers. Parents and guardians of children ages 5 through 11 who receive their first vaccine dose by December 19 can enter the State's incentive program for a chance for their child to win a full scholarship to any two or four year SUNY or CUNY college or university; the scholarship includes tuition, room, and board. Ten winners will be announced each week beginning November 24, with a total of 50 winners being selected over the five-week period.
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.
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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