NY-12 COVID Vaccination & Recovery Update 11/17/2021

Nov 19, 2021
Newsletter

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.

This week, 10 of New York State's mass vaccination sites began administering COVID-19 vaccines to newly eligible 5 - 11 year-olds.

 

Additionally, Canadian vaccination credentials will now be accepted for business entry in New York.

 

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: 7,560,767,991

*data from Johns Hopkins

 

United States

Doses Administered:  443,374,199

People Fully Vaccinated: 195,435,688

% Fully Vaccinated: 59.54%

*data from Johns Hopkins

 

New York State

Doses Administered: 28,683,544

People Fully Vaccinated: 13,169,871

% Fully Vaccinated: 67.29%

*data from Johns Hopkins

 

New York City

Doses Administered: 12,268,734

  • Dose 1 of 2: 6,199,756
  • Dose 2 of 2: 5,529,742
  • Single Dose: 539,236

People Fully Vaccinated:  5,692,983

% Fully Vaccinated: 68.3%

*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.

 

10 of 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. 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.

 

 

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.

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. Click here to see a list of #VaxtoSchool 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 answered some common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 – 11.

 

 

New York Updates

NY Mass Vaccination Sites Open to 5 – 11 Year-Olds

10 of New York State's mass vaccination sites will now be administering COVID-19 vaccines to newly eligible 5 - 11 year-olds. Following the CDC's recommendation of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children in this age group, New York State's Clinical Advisory Task Force endorsed the CDC recommendation and the state issued guidance to providers.

 

Find the list of mass vaccination sites offering the vaccine for this age group here.

 

 

Canadian Vaccination Credentials for Business Entry

Today, Governor Hochul today announced digital COVID-19 vaccination credentials issued from Canadian provinces and territories that adhere to SMART Health Cards specifications will immediately be accepted through the state's Excelsior Pass Scanner application. Following the reopening of the U.S.- Canadian border, this means fully vaccinated Canadians can use their compatible vaccination credentials for business entry in New York.

 

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