NY-12 COVID Vaccination & Recovery Update 9/8/2021
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.
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By the Numbers
Vaccine Doses Administered: 5,560,281,371
Doses Administered: 376,955,132
People Fully Vaccinated: 177,104,652
% Fully Vaccinated: 53.96%
New York State
Doses Administered: 24,778,591
People Fully Vaccinated: 11,886,438
% Fully Vaccinated: 60.73%
New York City
Doses Administered: 10,901,787
People Fully Vaccinated: 4,980,256
% Fully Vaccinated: 59.7%
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 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.
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
Read more here.
NY Goes Back to School
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.
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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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