NY-12 COVID Vaccination & Recovery Update 12/1/2021

Dec 1, 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, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first case of the Omicron variant detected in the United States. The CDC has been actively monitoring and preparing for this variant and will continue to work diligently with other U.S. and global public health and industry partners to learn more. Despite the detection of Omicron, Delta remains the predominant strain in the United States.


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: 8,035,912,278

*data from Johns Hopkins


United States

Doses Administered:  462,263,845

People Fully Vaccinated: 197,363,116

% Fully Vaccinated: 60.13%

*data from Johns Hopkins


New York State

Doses Administered: 30,026,156

People Fully Vaccinated: 13,341,839

% Fully Vaccinated: 68.17%

*data from Johns Hopkins


New York City

Doses Administered: 12,561,367

  • Dose 1 of 2: 6,401,406
  • Dose 2 of 2: 5,612,675
  • Single Dose: 547,286

People Fully Vaccinated:  5,778,523

% Fully Vaccinated: 69.3%

*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 getting their 2nd dose are returning to NYC elementary schools on select days. To check when your child’s school is offering 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.


Reopening Queensbury Mass Vaccination Site

A state mass vaccination site in Queensbury, NY reopened today. The location will also provide COVID-19 testing. The Queensbury site will be open each day from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. The site will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for testing, and Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for vaccinations. Appointments for vaccinations can be made here. Walk-in appointments will also be available.


Read more here.



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 COVID Response Team recommended that all vaccinated adults get a booster shot as soon as possible in response to the Omicron variant of COVID-19. All adults are eligible for a booster if they were vaccinated six months ago or more with Pfizer or Moderna, or two months ago or more with Johnson & Johnson.


Effective now, the federal government has also limited travelers entering the United States from the Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Malawi, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Namibia, the Republic of South Africa, and the Republic of Zimbabwe in response to this new variant. In addition to these travel restrictions, the CDC shall implement other mitigation measures for travelers departing from the countries listed above and destined for the United States, as needed. Read more here.



New York Updates


Requiring Nursing Homes and Adult Care Facilities to Provide Booster Shots

New York State nursing home and adult care facility operators and administrators are now required to make booster doses available to all of their residents.


Read more here.


Boosting Hospital Capacity and Addressing Staffing Shortages

New York has announced urgent action to boost hospital capacity and address staffing shortages ahead of potential spikes in COVID-19 cases this upcoming winter. The Department of Health will be allowed to limit non-essential, non-urgent procedures for in-hospitals or systems with limited capacity to protect access to critical health care services. Limited capacity is defined as below 10% staffed bed capacity, or as determined by the Department of Health based on regional and health care utilization factors. This will go into effect Friday, December 3.


Read more here.


Deploying National Guard Medical Teams

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the deployment of 60 National Guard medical teams to various long-term care facility locations across New York. The medical teams will assist at nursing homes and long-term care facilities where the need for additional resources has been identified. The New York State Department of Health is coordinating the deployment of these resources with each impacted facility to ensure the deployments target each facility's unique needs and that the additional staff is assimilated smoothly.


Read more here.


Vaccine Incentive Sweepstakes

The 'Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure' sweepstakes is now open! During the month of December, anyone that receives their first COVID-19 vaccine dose is eligible to enter the sweepstakes and a random drawing to win special prize packages tailored to anglers, hunters, and other outdoor enthusiasts.


Read more here.


Marine Fishing Industry COVID Relief

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced an additional $5.7 million in federal funding is available from New York's Marine Fisheries Relief Program to provide financial relief for New York's marine fishing industry. Eligible seafood, commercial marine fishing, marine aquaculture, and marine recreational for-hire fishing businesses are eligible to apply for the funding beginning today. This funding is in addition to the $6.7 million in assistance provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, for a total of $12.4 million in aid for New York's seafood, marine commercial, and for-hire fishing industries after excessive business losses in 2020 and 2021 due to 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.



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