NY-12 COVID Vaccination & Recovery Update 9/8/2021

Sep 8, 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, Governor Hochul announced that the commissioner of health has designated COVID-19 a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health under New York State's HERO Act, which requires all employers to implement workplace safety plans in the event of an airborne infectious disease, helping to prevent workplace infections. If you are able, it is imperative that you talk with your doctor and get vaccinated against COVID-19 if you have not done so already. 

  

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: 5,560,281,371 

*data from Johns Hopkins

  

  

United States

Doses Administered:  376,955,132 

People Fully Vaccinated: 177,104,652

% Fully Vaccinated: 53.96% 

*data from Johns Hopkins

  

 

New York State

Doses Administered: 24,778,591 

People Fully Vaccinated: 11,886,438 

% Fully Vaccinated: 60.73% 

*data from Johns Hopkins

  

  

New York City

Doses Administered: 10,901,787

  • Dose 1 of 2: 5,561,615
  • Dose 2 of 2: 4,867,898
  • Single Dose: 472,274

People Fully Vaccinated:  4,980,256 

% Fully Vaccinated: 59.7% 

*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, that included releasing a plan for transforming U.S. capabilities to prepare for and respond rapidly and effectively to future pandemics and other high consequence biological threats and investing $3 billion in the vaccine supply chain. 

  

  

New York Updates

Designation of COVID-19 as an Airborne Infectious Disease
This week, Governor Hochul announced that the commissioner of health has designated COVID-19 a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health under New York State's HERO Act, which requires all employers to implement workplace safety plans in the event of an airborne infectious disease, helping to prevent workplace infections. The NY HERO Act mandates extensive new workplace health and safety protections in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the law, all employers are required to adopt a workplace safety plan, and implement it for all airborne infectious diseases designated by the New York State Department of Health. Employers can adopt a model safety plan as crafted by the New York State Department of Labor, or develop their own safety plan in compliance with HERO Act standards. 

  

Read more here

  

 

NY Goes Back to School 
All teachers, administrators, and other school employees will be required to submit to weekly COVID-19 testing unless they show proof of vaccination, with either a CDC vaccine card or the Excelsior Pass. Additionally, the Governor also announced that the New York State Department of Health has finalized and released official guidance for classroom instruction. These new mandates follow the earlier announcement of a mask requirement for everyone in school buildings during instructional hours and extracurricular activities.

Read more here.


NY Evictions Moratorium 
Last week, Governor Hochul signed into law a new moratorium on COVID-related residential and commercial evictions for the state which is in effect until January 15, 2022. Under the new law, all protections of the Tenant Safe Harbor Act for residential tenants who are suffering financial hardship as a result of the pandemic will remain in place, along with new protections on commercial evictions.

Read more here

  

  

Vaccine Mandates 

Healthcare Workers 

All healthcare workers in New York State, including staff at hospitals and long-term care facilities (LTCF) -- including nursing homes, adult care, and other congregate care settings -- will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Monday, September 27. 

  

Read more here

  

 

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

  

  

Vaccination or Test Requirements

City Employees & Contractors

Mayor de Blasio previously issued Executive Order 78 which mandates that City employees and covered contractors must either provide proof of vaccination or submit to weekly testing beginning on September 13. 

  

Read more here

  

  

Biodefense Commercialization Fund 
Today, New York opened a new $40 million Biodefense Commercialization Fund. The program will accelerate the development and commercialization of life science research and innovations that address serious infectious health threats, including COVID-19 and its variants—an issue of growing urgency given the recent uptick in cases across the nation.

Read more here

  

  

Testing

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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Sincerely,

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Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress