NY-12 COVID Vaccination & Recovery Update 9/29/2021

Sep 29, 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 past weekend, at pharmacies alone, more than 400,000 Americans received the additional protection of a booster. Nearly 1 million people have already scheduled their booster shots through pharmacies for the coming weeks! Additionally, 200 million adults have received at least one COVID vaccination shot. If you are able, please talk with your doctor and get vaccinated today.

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: 6,197,839,801

*data from Johns Hopkins



United States

Doses Administered:  391,152,574

People Fully Vaccinated: 185,265,610

% Fully Vaccinated: 56.44%

*data from Johns Hopkins



New York State

Doses Administered: 25,812,074

People Fully Vaccinated: 12,367,937

% Fully Vaccinated: 63.19%

*data from Johns Hopkins



New York City

Doses Administered: 25,812,074

  • Dose 1 of 2: 5,840,145
  • Dose 2 of 2: 5,120,825
  • Single Dose: 494,815

People Fully Vaccinated:  5,253,919

% Fully Vaccinated: 63%

*data from NYC Health



Getting Your Vaccine

New York has made available this COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker Dashboardis available to keep us all updated on the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in our communities.



Booster Shots
This week, New York announced a robust implementation of booster doses into the State's COVID-19 vaccination program, ensuring an efficient, equitable, and effective distribution of booster doses to eligible New Yorkers statewide.

In accordance with the CDC's recommendations, there are four groups of New Yorkers who are now eligible for their COVID-19 booster dose.

New Yorkers who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine SHOULD receive their booster dose at least six months after their primary vaccine series IF:

  • They are 65 years and older or residents in long-term care settings.
  • They are 50 - 64 years of age with underlying medical conditions.

New Yorkers who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine MAYreceive their COVID-19 booster dose at least six months after their primary vaccine series IF:

  • They are 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions, based on individual benefits and risks.
  • They are 18 - 64 years and are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their occupational or institutional setting, based on individual benefits and risks.

Read more here.



Pop-Up Vaccination Sites
Two new pop-up vaccination sites located at the Broadway Junction and E. 180 St subway stations began operation yesterday, September 28. The site at E. 180 St. will run each day from 8am until 1pm The Broadway Junction site will be open between 3pm and 8pm.

Find more information here.



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. Last week, CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation for a booster shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in certain populations and also recommended a booster dose for those in high risk occupational and institutional settings.

Find out if you are eligible for a booster shot here.

Additionally, the U.S. hosted the first-ever in-person Leaders’ Summit of the Quad during which they discussed the Quad Vaccine Partnership to help enhance equitable access to safe and effective vaccines in the Indo-Pacific and around the world.



New York Updates

COVID-19 Report Card

The New York State School COVID-19 Report Card, an online dashboard which tracks near real-time COVID-19 infections and testing operations reported by New York schools and school districts, is now updated and available to the public as another source of information for families and communities.


As of Monday, September 13, all schools are required to submit a daily report to the Department of Health on each operational day of the school year. This includes information on cases reported to the school and must be differentiated by students, staff, and teachers.


Report card data includes:

  • positive cases by date;
  • number of students and staff on site;
  • percentage of on-site positive cases;
  • number of tests administered by school and test type;
  • and date of last submission and update.

You can find the Report Card here.



Alleviating Potential Healthcare Staffing Shortages
This week, Governor Hochul signed an executive order to alleviate potential staffing shortages in hospitals and other healthcare facilities statewide. The executive order significantly expands the eligible healthcare workforce and allows additional healthcare workers to administer COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. You can find updated data about the impact of the healthcare staff vaccine mandate here.

Read more on the State’s protective measures 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