NY-12 COVID Vaccination & Recovery Update 8/4/21

Aug 4, 2021
Newsletter

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, the CDC renewed an eviction moratorium for U.S. counties experiencing substantial and high levels of community transmission levels of COVID-19, which currently includes all 5 boroughs of New York City. This order will temporarily prevent Americans from getting evicted until October 3, 2021.

 

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

Global

Vaccine Doses Administered: 4,261,887,982

*data from Johns Hopkins

 

United States

Doses Administered:  348,102,478

People Fully Vaccinated:165,334,987

% Fully Vaccinated: 50.37%

*data from Johns Hopkins

 

New York State

Doses Administered: 23,091,118

People Fully Vaccinated: 11,165,792

% Fully Vaccinated: 57.05%

*data from Johns Hopkins

 

New York City

Doses Administered: 10,037,551

  • Dose 1 of 2: 5,076,661
  • Dose 2 of 2: 4,521,840
  • Single Dose: 439,050

People Fully Vaccinated:  4,593,277

% Fully Vaccinated: 55.1%

*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 shipping more than 100 million COVID-⁠19 vaccine doses donated abroad, taking action to support the safe reopening of schools for in-person instruction, calling on state and local governments to prevent evictions and provide emergency rental assistance, and a series of other actions to get more Americans vaccinated and slow the spread of the Delta Variant.

 

 

Extending the Eviction Moratorium
Yesterday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed an order which stated that the evictions of tenants for failure to make rent or housing payments could be detrimental to slowing the spread of COVID-19. This order will temporarily prevent Americans from getting evicted until October 3, 2021. It applies to U.S. counties experiencing substantial and high levels of community transmission levels of COVID-19, which currently includes all 5 boroughs of New York City.

The eviction moratorium allows additional time for rent relief to reach renters and to further increase vaccination rates. Eviction moratoria—like quarantine, isolation, and social distancing—can be an effective public health measure used to prevent the spread of communicable disease. It also facilitates self-isolation and self-quarantine by people who become ill or who are at risk of transmitting COVID-19 by keeping people out of congregate settings and in their own homes.

Read more here.


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 and in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission – this 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

Vaccination Requirements


Patient-Facing Healthcare Workers
Patient-facing healthcare workers at state-run hospitals will be required to get vaccinated for COVID-19 by Labor Day. There will not be an option to be tested in lieu of vaccination for these patient-facing healthcare workers. Additionally, all New York State employees will be required to get vaccinated for COVID-19 by Labor Day. State employees who do not get vaccinated will be required to be tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis.

More information here.


MTA & NY Port Authority Employees
MTA and Port Authority employees working in New York facilities will be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or be tested weekly starting Labor Day. Employee-only vaccination sites that previously closed as usage dropped will be re-opened while those that remained open will continue to operate. Nine new vaccination sites will open in locations with a high concentration of state employees to make getting vaccinated as convenient as possible for those who haven't been yet.

More information here.


Supporting Childcare Providers
New York State will administer nearly $1.1 billion in federal funding directly to childcare providers to help stabilize the industry and enable more parents to return to the workplace fulltime. This funding will provide direct support to childcare programs and help replenish losses experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding applications open today.

More information here.


Restaurant Return-to-Work Tax Credit Program
Last week the $35 million Restaurant Return-to-Work Tax Credit program launched. It is designed to help expand employment opportunities for workers and provide relief to COVID-impacted restaurants. The program offers a tax credit for the rapid hiring of restaurant workers to reduce the restaurant industry's pandemic-induced economic difficulties. Qualifying restaurants could receive a $5,000 tax credit per net new hire, totaling up to $50,000 in tax credits per business.

Read more here.


Relieving Student Debt
New York State last week announced the CUNY Comeback Program, a plan to eliminate up to $125 million in unpaid debt for at least 50,000 students who attended CUNY and suffered financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, students who did not accrue unpaid tuition and fee balances during the period but experienced financial hardship stemming from the pandemic will receive relief in the form of enhanced Student Emergency Grants.

Read more here.


Grant Awards for Live Performances
Last week New York State announced the first of four rounds of grant awards to 438 performance organizations across the state. In this round, 773 grants were awarded through the "Restart NY: Rapid Live Performance Grants" program. In addition, nearly $2 million was distributed to NYSCA's Statewide Community Regrant partners to support performances in local communities around the state. In total, nearly $9 million was awarded through NYSCA's Restart NY program.

More information here.

 

 

New York City Updates

Testing

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

 

 

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.

 

You're Invited!

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Tomorrow, August 5, my office is hosting Mobile Casework Hours at St. Vartan Park from 1:00-2:00pm to answer questions and provide help with federal agencies.

 

 

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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Sincerely,

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Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress