NY-12 COVID Vaccination & Recovery Update 12/15/2021
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.
Yesterday, we marked the tragic milestone of 800,000 American deaths due to COVID-19. If you haven’t already, please consult with your doctor and get vaccinated against this virus today to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
This week, the CDC and FDA have expanded their booster recommendations to include all Americans 16 and older, if it has been at least 6 months since their initial Pfizer vaccination series. The CDC is also recommending booster shots for all Americans 18 years and older, if it has been at least 6months since their initial Moderna vaccination series or at least 2 months since receiving their Johnson & Johnson vaccine. New York’s mask protocol for all indoor public places is now in effect. Masks are required in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement.
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By the Numbers
Vaccine Doses Administered: 8,545,408,325
Doses Administered: 486,574,475
People Fully Vaccinated: 202,504,037
% Fully Vaccinated: 61.69%
New York State
Doses Administered: 32,421,705
People Fully Vaccinated: 13,724,043
% Fully Vaccinated: 70.12%
New York City
Doses Administered: 12,867,790
People Fully Vaccinated: 5,909,380
% Fully Vaccinated: 70.9%
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 are returning on select days to NYC elementary schools for 5 - 11 year-olds getting their 2nd dose . 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.
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 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 FDA and CDC updated their booster guidance to include 16 and 17 year-olds if they are at least 6 months post their initial Pfizer vaccination series.
Yesterday, President Biden also marked the tragic milestone of 800,000 American deaths due to COVID-19 and gave remarks on Pfizer’s COVID-19 antiviral pill.
New York Updates
New York’s mask protocol for all indoor public places is now in effect. Masks are now required in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement. An indoor public place is defined as any indoor space that is not a private residence -- businesses and venues New Yorkers frequent that are publicly owned or owned by private business. These entities include indoor entertainment venues, concert halls, indoor sports stadiums, recreational spaces, restaurants, office buildings, shopping centers, grocery stores, pharmacies, houses of worship, and common areas in residential buildings. This measure will be reassessed on January 15, 2022.
Rent Supplements for Struggling New Yorkers
Yesterday, Governor Hochul announced $100 million is available for counties to help homeless individuals and families leave the shelter system for a permanent home by providing rental assistance. The funds may also help very low-income New Yorkers pay their rent and increase their housing security. This will provide funding to localities in all 57 counties and New York City to offer rental assistance to individuals and families who are currently experiencing homelessness or facing the imminent loss of housing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read more here.
COVID Recovery: Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector
This week, New York announced $45 million in grant awards through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). Grants administered by NYSCA this year will provide critical aid to bolster nonprofit arts and culture organizations and artists as they embark on a dynamic multi-year recovery process. NYSCA's round-three grants will invest in more than 1,000 organizations and over 300 artists across all 10 regions of New York State.
Read more here.
Christmas Spectacular Booster Incentive
New York has launched the Christmas Spectacular Booster Incentive! Five vaccination sites will hand out vouchers to be redeemed for tickets to the Rockettes production to the first 50 individuals to receive their booster shot.
Read more here.
Ski for Free Vaccine Sweepstakes
The new 'Ski for Free' COVID-19 vaccine sweepstakes is now open for children ages 5 to 11 and booster shot recipients. The six-week sweepstakes will have its first drawing on January 4, 2022. Eligible New Yorkers will be able to enter a random drawing for free lift tickets to participating mountains and resorts. You can enter any time to win here.
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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