NY-12 COVID Vaccination & Recovery Update 11/3/2021

Nov 3, 2021

Dear Paul,


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.


Last Friday, following a rigorous and independent scientific review, the Food and Drug Administration authorized Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 - 11. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has also endorsed this decision.


New York also launched their #GetTheVaxFacts campaign.


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: 7,130,581,196

*data from Johns Hopkins



United States

Doses Administered:  423,942,794

People Fully Vaccinated: 192,726,406

% Fully Vaccinated: 58.72%

*data from Johns Hopkins



New York State

Doses Administered: 27,714,684

People Fully Vaccinated: 12,997,106

% Fully Vaccinated: 66.41%

*data from Johns Hopkins



New York City

Doses Administered: 12,099,996

  • Dose 1 of 2: 6,119,934
  • Dose 2 of 2: 5,451,542
  • Single Dose: 528,520

People Fully Vaccinated:  5,606,277

% Fully Vaccinated: 67.3%

*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.



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 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 #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. Last Friday, following a rigorous and independent scientific review, the Food and Drug Administration authorized Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 - 11. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has also endorsed this decision. The Biden Administration was prepared for this, and has secured enough vaccines for all 28 million children in this age bracket. You can read President Biden’s full statement on this here.


Additionally, leaders at the G20 World Summit came together in support of the COVID-19 response and global vaccination targets and the Biden Administration announced additional actions to increase COVID-⁠19 screening testing in schools and keep students safe.



New York Updates

Pharmacy Vaccinations

Yesterday, Governor Hochul signed legislation that enables licensed pharmacists to administer the COVID-19 vaccine permanently.


Read more here.




New York’s #GetTheVaxFacts program to combat COVID-19 vaccine misinformation online has now launched. The campaign includes a dedicated website as well as downloadable toolkits to address the most pressing misinformation topics around the COVID-19 vaccine. The new resources cover misinformation related to pregnancy and infertility, side effects, safety and speed, as well as conspiracy theories that continue to circulate on social media and digital forums.


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!

Old Astoria Neighborhood Association & Queens Together are hosting a Community Virtual Town Hall next week on Tuesday, November 9th from 6:30pm-7:30pm. I'll be there, and you should too! 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