NY-12 COVID Vaccination & Recovery Update 7/28/21

Jul 28, 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. 


This week, Mayor de Blasio announced a new requirement for 340,000 city workers to either get the COVID-19 vaccine or start weekly testing by September 13. Additionally, unvaccinated city employees must mask up indoors in New York beginning August 2. 


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: 3,959,104,414

*data from Johns Hopkins


United States 

Doses Administered: 343,361,524

People Fully Vaccinated: 163,588,042

% Fully Vaccinated: 49.84%

*data from Johns Hopkins


New York State 

Doses Administered: 22,820,585

People Fully Vaccinated: 11,056,206 

% Fully Vaccinated: 56.49%

*data from Johns Hopkins 


New York City 

Doses Administered: 9,902,097 

  • Dose 1 of 2: 4,997,253
  • Dose 2 of 2: 4,471,845
  • Single Dose: 432,999

People Fully Vaccinated: 4,536,101

% Fully Vaccinated: 54% 

*data from NYC Health



Getting Your Vaccine

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. 



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, that included taking actions to prevent foreclosures and advancing the Buy American strategy by increasing U.S. capacity to produce critical COVID-19 products



Updated CDC Mask Guidance 

New research and concerns about the COVID-19 Delta variant led the CDC to recommend a return to masking in certain parts of the country. This includes wearing a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission – this currently includes Kings, New York, and Queens Counties. The most important protection we have against the Delta variant is to get vaccinated. 


More information here



New York State Updates

NYC Musical and Theatrical Production Tax Credit 

This week, Governor Cuomo announced a new $100 million New York City Musical and Theatrical Production Tax Credit, designed to help revitalize an industry vital to the state’s continued economic recovery. This program will further jump-start the entertainment industry. Prior to the pandemic, Broadway theaters welcomed a collective audience of nearly 250,000 people each week, with the industry supporting more than 90,000 local jobs and contributing more than $14 billion to the New York City economy annually. Since the program was first announced as part of the FY 2022 Budget, at least 35 productions have announced opening performance plans for this year. 


Read more here



Allocating Vaccination Funding 

On Monday, New York State allocated $15 million from the budget to promote vaccination in communities across the state that were hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be used to strengthen communication, expand public education, and enhance ongoing outreach efforts throughout diverse communities. 


Read more here



Identifying COVID-19 Variants 

The State selected five laboratories this week to bolster efforts in identifying COVID-19 variants. The New York State Department of Health is partnering with these laboratories to expand the genetic sequencing of specimens positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The selected laboratories have sequencing expertise and experience, as well as capacity and access to SARS-CoV-2 positive specimens from large multi-county areas in New York State, outside of New York City. 


More information here



New York City Updates 


To find the testing site closest to you, click here, text “COVID TEST” to 855-48, or call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). 



NYC Workforce Healthcare Mandate 

On Monday, New York City announced a new health care mandate requiring all city workers to provide one-time proof of vaccination or weekly COVID-19 tests beginning September 13. 


Read more here



Health Worker COVID-19 Safe Requirement 

Beginning August 2, New York City will require employees of NYC Health + Hospitals and employees working in Department of Health and Mental Hygiene clinical settings to provide either a one-time verification of immunization, or weekly proof of a negative COVID-19 test. 


More information here



Additional Resources 


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