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GET THE FACTS - The COVID-19 Vaccine Is Here!

The first COVID-19 vaccines are here. Supply from the Federal Government is limited. Additional New Yorkers will become eligible as the vaccine supply increases. While the vaccination process is underway, every New Yorker should wear a mask, social distance and avoid small and large gatherings.

Over 12 million New Yorkers are now eligible for the vaccine. Eligible groups include doctors, nurses and health care workers, people age 50 and over, first responders, teachers, public transit workers, grocery store workers, public safety workers and New Yorkers with certain comorbidities and underlying conditions.

FDA fact sheets for recipients and caregivers on each vaccine are available: Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson.

Vaccines are available at pharmacies, hospitals, local health departments and Federally Qualified Health Centers statewide – please contact your provider of choice to schedule your vaccine appointment. You can use this website for scheduling an appointment at a New York State-run site only. To determine eligibility and schedule an appointment at one of these sites, use the Am I Eligible app. Remember: The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses for effectiveness. For these vaccines, second-dose appointment will be scheduled automatically at the time you receive your first vaccine dose. The Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one dose. Appointments are not transferrable.

In addition to State-run vaccination sites, you could also go to to find information on vaccine appointments near you.


Instructions for New York State-Operated Vaccination Sites:

Step 1: Determine eligibility and schedule an appointment. The Am I Eligible app is the quickest way to see if you're eligible and make an appointment. You can also call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). Once you have successfully scheduled an appointment, you will receive a confirmation email that contains a barcode. You will need to bring this to your appointment.

Step 2: Complete the Vaccine Form. Once you have a confirmed appointment, you must complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form. This form should be filled out online and you will receive a submission ID indicating completion. You will need to bring the submission ID to your appointment. If you cannot submit the form online, it will be available at the vaccination sites.

Step 3: Bring proof of eligibility to your appointment. Depending on your eligibility category, proof can include an employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, a pay stub, a driver's license, passport, or any legal proof of your date of birth and residency. At the time of your appointment, you'll be asked a series of clinical questions to ensure readiness for a vaccine. You will be asked for insurance information BUT the vaccine is free and there will never be a charge to you. This information is for administrative use only.

Step 4: If you received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, your second dose appointment will be scheduled automatically when you receive your first vaccine dose. Your second appointment will be scheduled for the same time and at the same location, three weeks following your first dose. You will receive a card onsite with the date and time indicated and a confirmation email will follow a few days later. Please keep in mind when scheduling your first appointment that your second appointment will occur at the same time of day. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose.

Dear New Yorker,

As we begin the New Year, we want to reaffirm our commitment to keeping you informed. 

As New York City continues to respond to COVID-19, we want to ensure this newsletter continues to deliver information on critical resources and city updates. To this end, we have refreshed the look and organized it to find information easier.

As 2021 promises a new beginning, we are confident that we will overcome any challenges and rise together.

In partnership,
América Cañas,
Acting Commissioner, Mayor's Community Affairs Unit

New York City middle school buildings will reopen for in-person learning beginning Thursday, February 25.

Your child’s school will contact you with your student’s specific in-person schedule. High school students will continue to learn remotely until further notice. To find out additional details, visit  DOE's COVID-19 Information and Updates page or Read the Chancellor's February 8, 2021 letter to families for more information.


The pre-K application will open on February 24, 2021; the deadline to apply is April 7. During the application period, you can apply online or by phone. Here's what you can do now:

  • Sign up for the pre-K admissions email list (Open external link). The Department of Education will send you updates, tips, and reminders throughout the process.
  • Learn how to apply and how pre-K offers are made on this page. Missed the virtual Elementary Admissions Events? A recording from one of DOE's January sessions will be available soon, with captions in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Korean, Haitian Creole, Spanish, Russian and Urdu.
  • Throughout the admissions process, you'll use (Open external link)  to learn about pre-K programs, apply, get your offer, and learn about waitlists. Before the application opens you can:
  • Set up your MySchools account (Open external link).
  • Start exploring pre-K program options in MySchools' online, searchable pre-K directory (Open external link).

Guidance on Coronavirus Resources and Warnings about Consumer Scams

As New York continues to experience an outbreak of COVID-19, it is imperative that individuals are prepared and informed during this time. In addition to health information, New Yorkers must know about their rights, the resources available to them, and be mindful about potential consumer scams related to COVID-19.

You can find more information on resources, rights, and potential scams from the link below:

Guidance on Coronavirus Resources and Warnings about Consumer Scams | New York State Attorney General (

Additional Resources:

NYC Health Post-COVID Clinics:

Post-COVID care clinics bring together multidisciplinary teams (including pulmonology, cardiology, rehabilitation, neurology and mental health) to provide a comprehensive treatment approach. Click here to find out more information.


Emergency Food Assistance Program - NYC.GOV/GETFOOD

Become an Emergency Food Provider -

NYC Health + Hospitals:

As part of the largest municipal health care system in the world, NYC Health + Hospitals’ public hospitals and neighborhood health centers offer a wide variety of excellent mental health services to foster recovery from mental illness of all kinds. We help patients rediscover their strengths and abilities, as well as overcoming the stigma of mental illness. Click to learn more.


Call 1-888-NYC-WELL If you are thinking about suicide, or know someone who is, counselors are available to listen to and support you 24/7. Contact NYC Well by calling 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355), texting “WELL” to 65173 or chatting at If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of hurting themselves, or in immediate danger because of a health condition or other situation, call 911.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

Hours: Available 24 hours. Languages: English, Spanish. 

Domestic Violence Support:

NYC 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-621-HOPE

NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP):

File Your Taxes with NYC Free Tax Prep

File your taxes in-person or online with NYC Free Tax Prep if you earned $68,000 or less in 2020. See filing options below. Additional sites will open in January. The deadline to file 2020 tax returns is April 15, 2021.

Read FAQs about NYC Free Tax Prep.

Workplace Laws

NYC workplace laws are still in effect. There have been new amendments to the NYC Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law that will take effect in 2 Phases. Click here to learn more about employee rights and employer responsibilities

Returning to Work During COVID-19

Important Information for Domestic Workers and Their Employers. Click here for more information. 

Learn more about important guidelines and resources available to workers under Phase 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the reopening:

NYC Department of Small Business Services: 

Training for Your Employees,” a new resource that provides business owners and their employees with training in digital literacy, marketing tools, online security, and COVID-19 safety. Training courses include:

  • Communication: Google Meet and Gmail
  • Document Creation: Google Docs, Sheets, Slides
  • Scheduling and Managing Zoom Meetings (for Hosts)
  • Microsoft Office Basics
  • Cloud Storage: Microsoft OneDrive and more.

Businesses can learn more about the program’s eligibility criteria and access the application at

City Agency Service Update: 


Schedule Your At-home COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Today

COVID-19 vaccines are free, safe and effective. In home vaccination is available to any New Yorker who requests one.
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Senior Center Vaccination Drive
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FEMA program will pay up to $9,000 for each COVID-19 funeral. Here's how you can apply.

To help those left behind, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is paying a maximum of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application.
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Walk-up COVID-19 Vaccinations for New Yorkers Age 75 and Over.

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Schedule Appointment and Get Vaccinated

New York's vast distribution network and large population of eligible individuals still far exceed the supply coming from the federal government. Due to limited supply, New Yorkers are encouraged to remain patient and are advised not to show up at vaccination sites without an appointment.
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Vaccine Safety

In the United States, a number of safeguards are required by law to help ensure that the vaccines we receive are safe. Because vaccines are given to millions of healthy people—including children—to prevent serious diseases, they’re held to very high safety standards.
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The New Rules on Quarantine after Arrival to Poland

On the night of Monday to Tuesday (March 29-30), revised travel quarantine regulations will come into force. Everyone entering Poland will be sent to quarantine, which in the case of those arriving from the Non Schengen zone will only be revoked by a negative result of the COVID-19 test made in Poland. At Warsaw Chopin Airport, it will be possible to perform a coronavirus test before leaving the terminal.
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Community Forum on the COVID-19 Vaccine. Tuesday, March 16, at 6pm

Have questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine? Join the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for a town hall. This event will be conducted in Arabic.
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The 1st round of vaccine held at Palmetto Gardens NYCHA Senior Center

The 1st round of vaccine held at Palmetto Gardens NYCHA Senior Center on Friday, March 12th from 9AM-5PM. This will be available for eligible residents of Palmetto Gardens only. Medical Provider will be SOMOS; vaccine that will be administered is Pfizer.
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