NY-12 COVID Vaccination & Recovery Update 9/15/2021

Sep 15, 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, President Biden announced new vaccination requirements for businesses with 100 or more employees, federal employees and federal contractors, all workers in most healthcare settings that receive Medicaid or Medicare, and all Head Start educators and teachers and staff of all federally run schools.


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: 5,773,237,281

*data from Johns Hopkins



United States

Doses Administered:  381,453,265

People Fully Vaccinated: 179,289,983

% Fully Vaccinated: 54.62%

*data from Johns Hopkins



New York State

Doses Administered: 25,090,602

People Fully Vaccinated: 12,032,960

% Fully Vaccinated: 61.48%

*data from Johns Hopkins



New York City

Doses Administered: 11,106,486

  • Dose 1 of 2: 5,665,709
  • Dose 2 of 2: 4,961,039
  • Single Dose: 479,738

People Fully Vaccinated:  5,077,319

% Fully Vaccinated: 60.9%

*data from NYC Health



Getting Your Vaccine

The COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker Dashboard is available to update New Yorkers on the distribution of the COVID-19 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, his administration announced new vaccination requirements, which included:

  • all businesses with 100 or more employees ensure every worker is either fully vaccinated or gets tested at least one time a week;
  • all workers in most healthcare settings that receive Medicaid or Medicare to be fully vaccinated;
  • requiring all federal executive branch employees and all employees of federal contractors to be fully vaccinated;
  • and requiring all Head Start educators and teachers and staff of all federally run schools to be fully vaccinated.

Read more here.



New York Updates


Vaccine Mandates

Key to NYC

The Key to NYC vaccination mandate for indoor dining, entertainment, and fitness began on August 17. Enforcement will begin, with a multi-agency coalition, on September 13.


Read more here.



Universal Mask Requirements

Today, Governor Hochul announced a series of universal mask requirements. They will apply to all New Yorkers regardless of vaccination status. They include:

  • Face coverings now required at state-regulated childcare facilities for children ages two and up, all staff and visitors
  • Residential congregate programs operated, licensed, certified or approved by the office of children and family services to require masks for all staff and residents
  • Programs and facilities licensed or registered by office of mental health, office of addiction services and supports, office for people with developmental disabilities, and office of temporary and disability assistance to require masks

Read more here.



Pandemic Relief for New Yorkers
New financial relief for New Yorkers through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program and the Excluded Workers Program was announced this week. New York is now is accepting applications for rental assistance from households impacted by the pandemic and earning between 80% and 120% of the area median income, a group that was previously ineligible to receive help from the state's Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Additionally, $500 million from the Excluded Workers Program is undergoing final verification for applicants identified as eligible, which is expected to be distributed in the next month.

Read more here.

#VaxtoSchool Campaign
Last week, Governor Hochul announced the launch of the multi-faceted statewide #VaxtoSchool campaign to support increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates among school-aged New Yorkers. The campaign’s website has critical resources and materials for parents and guardians of school-aged New Yorkers and school communities.

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