COVID 19 Vaccine Information
February 25 2021
The COVID-19 vaccine is an important tool to protect New Yorkers from the COVID-19 virus and finally bring about an end to the pandemic in New York City and our nation. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has stated its commitment to ensure that all New Yorkers can access these free, safe, and easy-to-administer vaccines.
Right now, while there is limited supply of the vaccine, distribution and vaccination is being done in phases to various groups, based on risk categories established by federal and state guidance. On February 14th, Governor Cuomo announced people with comorbidities and underlying conditions, including HIV, are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Amida Care commends Governor Cuomo and expresses deep appreciation to the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute’s leadership for their research that led to action in New York State by including people living with HIV in expedited vaccine access. This is yet another example of New York’s leadership in ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic while also addressing a pandemic. The following populations are also eligible to get the vaccine, as of January 13th: individuals ages 65 and older; first responders; health care, frontline, education, grocery store, and public safety and transit workers; and people with certain underlying conditions. Please continue to check the State’s website for the full list of eligible groups, and for answers to common questions, consult this COVID-19 Vaccine Factsheet.
Eligible New Yorkers can find locations near them and make appointments online at vaccinefinder.nyc.gov or by calling 877-VAX4NYC for assistance in multiple languages. Because the supply of vaccine is very limited and will fluctuate daily, appointments will be given based on availability. Additional sites are opening every day, so continue to check the website regularly or call the City’s hotline.
Remember, with rising cases and hospitalizations, we must also remain vigilant and continue practicing proven strategies to stop the spread of COVID-19:
- Stay home, especially if you are sick or recently tested positive for COVID-19, were exposed to someone with COVID-19, or traveled.
- Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer often.
- Wear a face covering whenever you’re not at home (indoors and outdoors).
- Remain six feet apart from others.
- Get tested
The COVID-19 vaccine and the Black community
Watch this special video with Tyler Perry, which provides helpful and factual information for viewers looking to protect themselves and their families from this unprecedented crisis. Tackling issues head-on, Perry asks the hard-hitting questions to help the community gain insight into the vaccine.
- Share the City’s COVID-19 vaccine website: nyc.gov/vaccinecommandcenter
- Share the COVID-19 Vaccine Factsheet
- Share the flyer for posting
- Promote the finder and assistance number – https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/ and 877-VAX4NYC
- Use our social media kit to help spread the word, with hashtags #NYCVaccineForAll and #IGotTheShot NYC
- Share vaccine messaging in American Sign Language: https://youtu.be/xKLN4rEroTc
Thank you for your partnership in helping to stop COVID-19 in its tracks!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING THE COVID-19 VACCINE
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