NY-12 COVID Vaccination & Recovery Update 12/8/2021
Coffee with Carolyn Rescheduled
My December Coffee with Carolyn has been rescheduled to next Friday, 12/17 at 8 AM.
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.
Cases of the COVID-19 omicron variant continue to be confirmed in NY. If you haven’t already, the best means of defense against this virus is to get vaccinated, get boosted, and wear your mask.
This week, Mayor De Blasio expanded the “Key to NYC” program, the vaccination mandate for workers and customers at indoor dining, fitness, entertainment, and performance venues.
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: 8,291,715,500
Doses Administered: 475,728,399
People Fully Vaccinated: 200,400,533
% Fully Vaccinated: 61.05%
New York State
Doses Administered: 30,907,627
People Fully Vaccinated: 13,488,689
% Fully Vaccinated: 68.92%
New York City
Doses Administered: 12,719,737
People Fully Vaccinated: 5,852,533
% Fully Vaccinated: 70.2%
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. Last Friday, the Biden administration announced an action plan to battle COVID-19 this winter. You can read the full action plan here.
New York Updates
Updates to NYC Vaccine Mandates
On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced expansions to the “Key to NYC” program, the vaccination mandate for workers and customers at indoor dining, fitness, entertainment, and performance venues. Starting December 14, the program will require children aged 5 - 11 to show proof of one vaccination dose for those venues. Starting December 27, New Yorkers aged 12 and older will be required to show proof of two vaccine doses, instead of one, except for those who have received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The Mayor also announced a vaccine mandate for private-sector workers. The mandate will take effect on December 27.
Finally, the Mayor announced 5 - 11-year-old children will be required to get vaccinated to participate in high-risk extracurricular activities. These activities include sports, band, orchestra, and dance. This requirement for the initial vaccine dose will take effect on December 14.
Read more here.
Updated NY Department of Health Guidance
Last Friday, New York released written guidance on Executive Order No. 11, which enables the Department of Health to protect access to critical health care services by limiting non-essential, non-urgent procedures at certain hospitals currently experiencing limited capacity. This order is now in effect.
NYC Small Business Resilience Grant
Today, NYC announced the $100 million NYC Small Business Resilience Grant to provide immediate funding to small businesses in the arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food sectors and in low to moderate income (LMI) communities to help them recover from the pandemic.
Learn more here.
‘Ski for Free’ Vaccine Incentive
The 'Ski for Free' COVID-19 vaccine incentive sweepstakes for children ages 5 - 11 and booster shot recipients is now underway! Eligible New Yorkers will be able to enter a random drawing for free lift tickets to participating mountains. Tickets awarded through the 'Ski for Free' Sweepstakes can be used any time during the 2021-2022 Winter season and will contain information on any holiday blackout dates that may apply. Entrants will be able to select their region of choice, in either the east or west of the state.
Learn 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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