Updated April 21, 2021
CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information
CDC: Información Sobre la Enfermedad por Coronavirus 2019 (COVID‑19)
Message from Rep. Kathleen Rice:
During this pandemic, it’s more important than ever to stay informed and be prepared. That’s why I put together this webpage so you can stay up-to-date with the latest information and my work to keep our communities safe.
As of March 2020, my offices in Garden City, NY and Washington, DC have been operating under mandatory telework. We have taken the necessary steps to continue providing the same services we have always provided to the residents of NY-04, with the exception of in-person meetings. Please call our office at 516-739-3008 or 202-225-5516 or send an email through this link for immediate assistance. If you have any questions on COVID-19 in general, please call the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the NYSDOH website.
I will continue to fight in Congress to ensure we are providing the resources needed to crush the virus and build back our economy. Because we’re all in this together. And together, we will get through it.
NOTE: As of April 6, all residents aged 16 and over are eligible for the vaccine.
TYPES OF VACCINES
On April 13, the FDA and CDC released a statement recommending that states pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine after it was discovered that six recipients of the shot developed rare blood clots. The FDA and CDC are investigating this matter further, but it’s important to note that the condition is extremely rare—out of the roughly 6.9 million Americans who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine thus far, only six have developed this condition. Following the federal government’s recommendations, New York State announced that it would temporarily pause the use of the vaccine. Click here if you would like to view New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker’s statement on the matter.
Only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for 16- and 17-year-olds. Pfizer also recently requested that the FDA approve the use of its vaccine for adolescents aged 12 to 15.
The CDC notes that other vaccines are being reviewed as well. AstraZeneca and Novavax’s vaccines are currently in clinical trials. You can learn more about each vaccine and vaccine safety on the CDC website here.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
As of April 6, residents aged 16 are eligible for the vaccine. Please note that all eligible residents can receive the vaccine from any distribution site, except for pharmacies. For a complete list of eligible groups, visit the NYS distribution website here. You may use the NYS eligibility form to check whether you can receive the vaccine as well. Click here to access the form.
WHERE CAN YOU GET A VACCINE?
There are different providers that individuals can contact to make an appointment for a vaccine. Below are options for providers.
New York State
- Click here to see if you are eligible for a vaccine. Once you fill out the online form, you will see a list of New York State-run providers in your region. If appointments are available, the website will indicate that and give you the chance to book an appointment.
- In addition, you can use the New York State hotline to book appointments by phone: 1-833-697-4829
- Once you successfully book an appointment for a vaccine at a state-operated site, be sur e to complete the NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Form. A link to that form, as well as all NYS vaccine site information, can be found here.
Pharmacies nationwide have started to receive vaccine doses from the federal government to distribute in accordance with state and local government eligibility guidelines.
- If you are eligible, you can call the Northwell Health vaccine hotline to potentially schedule an appointment: 1-844-919-8222
- Visit the Northwell Health website for updates and information on appointment availability.
- CVS: Approximately 202 CVS stores in New York have the ability to provide vaccines. This will be expanded over the coming weeks. At the time of writing, the CVS stores in Amityville, Baldwin, Bay Shore, Bellerose, Bellmore, Bethpage, Bohemia, Cedarhurst, Center Moriches, Centereach, Central Islip, Commack, Copiague, Deer Park, East Hampton, East Northport, East Rockaway, Elmont, Farmingdale, Floral Park, Franklin Square, Freeport, Glen Cove, Glen Head, Great Neck, Hewlett, Huntington, Inwood, Islip Terrace, Jamaica, Kings Park, Levittown, Long Beach, Lynbrook, Manorville, Mattituck, Medford, Mineola, New Hyde Park, North Babylon, North Baldwin, North Bay Shore, North Bellmore, Northport, Oceanside, Oyster Bay, Patchogue, Port Jefferson, Port Jefferson Station, Riverhead, Rockaway Beach, Rockville Centre, Ronkonkoma, Selden, Shirley, Smithtown, Setauket, South Setauket, Southampton, Valley Stream, West Hempstead, West Islip, West Sayville, Westbury, Westhampton Beach, Williston Park, and Woodmere can provide vaccines. However, CVS has stated that its participating locations may change over time. You can use their mobile app or website to book an appointment.
- Walgreens: In order to obtain a vaccine from Walgreens, you will need to create an online account. This can be done here. After creating an account, you can book online or by phone at 1-800-925-4733. The following locations have Walgreens stores that are accepting appointments for the vaccine: Amityville, Baldwin, Bellmore, Bethpage, East Meadow, Elmont, Franklin Square, Freeport, Garden City, Glen Cove, Glen Oaks, Hempstead, Hewlett, Hicksville, Long Beach, Manhasset, Mineola, New Hyde Park, Oceanside, Port Washington, Uniondale, Valley Stream, and Westbury. Please note that this list is not exhaustive. Contact your local Walgreens to check whether that location is offering the vaccine.
- Vaccine appointments can be made on Rite Aid’s website here. You cannot call a local store to book an appointment.
- King Kullen announced on March 3 that it would offer the vaccine at eight of its pharmacy locations. Eligible residents can make appointments through ZocDoc.com. More information is not available at this time, but will be added as soon as possible.
- Stop & Shop recently announced that it would provide a small number of vaccines at a few of its locations in New York. Please use their website here to check for availability.
- The Nassau County website contains information on vaccine distribution. As mentioned previously, the Nassau Coliseum has now opened up for vaccines. You can use the county’s website here to make an appointment or to get more information.
- The county has also created a preregistration form to notify people when an appointment becomes available. Use this link here to view their preregistration form.
Mass Vaccination Sites
- On March 19, three Long Island new mass vaccination sites opened up in Southampton, Brentwood, and Old Westbury. Visit the NYS website or call the NYS hotline to check availability at these sites.
Pop-Up Community Sites
- NYS sometimes announces pop-up vaccination sites. As a result, it is worth visiting the state’s website to see if any pop-up sites are planned to open in your area.
- On April 12, NYS announced that it would begin sending COVID vaccines directly to SUNY and private colleges to vaccinate young adults before the school year ends. Students can make appointments through their schools. Click here for more information.
- With its partners, the CDC has rolled out a new tool to help people find vaccines in their areas. Use this link here to search for vaccines near you.
For specific questions or concerns regarding the vaccine rollout in NYS, please call the New York State Department of Health hotline at 1-888-364-3065, or fill out the online form here.
Nassau County has launched a dedicated hotline to assist seniors in scheduling vaccine appointments. Seniors can call (516) 227-9590 on Monday-Sunday from 9:00 am-4:45 pm.
NYS recently launched its “Excelsior Pass” app as a way for people to confirm with businesses or venues that they are vaccinated or have negative COVID test results. Please note that all public health guidelines must still be followed after vaccination. If you would like more information, please click here.
Lastly, you can also sign up here for further COVID-19 updates from New York State.
American Rescue Plan
I was proud to vote for the American Rescue Plan Act, which was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021. This $1.9 trillion comprehensive package provides desperately needed support to help lift up millions of Americans, reopen our schools, build back our economy, and crush this virus. Click here to see the provisions included in the bill.
New York State continues to increase testing capacity for COVID-19 on a daily basis. Click here to find a test site near you. If you have questions regarding testing, you may call the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the NYSDOH website.
Below are some COVID-19 testing locations on Long Island by appointment only:
South Ocean Care Health Center: Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (516) 396-7500 to inquire about an appointment. Tests are performed regardless of insurance or immigration status. 101 South Bergen, Freeport, NY 11520
Hempstead Health Center: Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (516) 396-7500 to inquire about an appointment. Tests are performed regardless of insurance or immigration status. 135 Main St., Hempstead, NY 11550
Elmont Health Center: Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (516) 396-7500 to inquire about an appointment. Tests are performed regardless of insurance or immigration status. 161 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont, NY 11003
Westbury Family Health Center: Open Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (516) 571-9500 to inquire about an appointment. Tests are performed regardless of insurance or immigration status. 682 Union Ave. Westbury, NY11590.
Long Beach -Mount Sinai South Nassau Center for Primary Care: Open Tuesdays and Thursdays only 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 516-544-2351 for an appointment. Tests are performed regardless of insurance or immigration status. 761 Franklin Blvd. Long Beach, NY 11561.
Students and Educators
Nassau County has met the requirements for Phase Four of reopening as of July 8. Governor Cuomo has tasked County Executive Laura Curran to continue monitoring the data on the virus to consider whether the reopening phase is going smoothly. Information on the reopening requirements can be found here in the New York Forward plan.
On July 13, Governor Cuomo announced data-driven guidance for reopening schools in New York State. Schools in a region can reopen if that region is in Phase Four and if its daily infection rate remains below 5 percent, using a 14-day average, since PAUSE was lifted. Schools will close if the regional infection rate rises above 9 percent, using a 7-day average, after August 1.
New York State, the Reimagine Education Advisory Council and the Department of Health released finalized guidance and guiding principles for reopening schools, which are available here.
The New York Times Company and Verizon partnered to offer all students and teachers in high schools within the U.S. free digital access to NYTimes.com. Click here
to learn more and get access.
The New York Department of Education and New York's Public Television Station's have partnered to provide "Learn-at-Home" programming to students pre-K-12 in response to school closings. More information can be found here.
There is a wide range of educational material available via the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution. You can find descriptions and links to Smithsonian Institution resources here
, and Library of Congress resources here
. The material includes resources for students of all ages from two of our nation’s top educational institutions. In addition, the National Gallery of Art has excellent resources available, you can find those by clicking here
. The National Archives is also providing some very cool virtual programs and you can find those by clicking here
If you need to file for unemployment, click here for a step-by-step guide
. For further information, refer to the guidance below from the New York State Department of Labor.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will continue to monitor issues related to the COVID-19 virus, and will post updated information on the IRS coronavirus page
Direct payments to Americans:
If you’re still waiting to receive your stimulus check, you can check the status of your payment using the IRS’s Get My Payment app
. You can also contact the IRS at 1-800-919-9835
to speak with a live representative about your stimulus check.
for Economic Impact Payment FAQs.
for Get My Payment FAQs.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the SBA website
for more information and to apply.
New York has new paid leave protections to support families affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Call the Paid Family Leave Helpline at (844) 337-6303 or visit PaidFamilyLeave.ny.gov/COVID19
for more information.
Mental Health Resources
If you are you experiencing anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency, you are not alone. You can receive help immediately by calling the NYS Emotional Support Line: 1-844-863-9314.
The Support Line is staffed by trained volunteers and mental health professionals with experience in crisis counseling. Helpful tips on managing stress and anxiety during this crisis can be found here.
Thanks to a new partnership between New York State and Headspace, New Yorkers now have access to free guided meditations, mindfulness workouts and sleep aids. Information on these programs can be found here
. Click here
to learn more about COVID-19 and available mental health resources in New York.
The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel at this time due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice. More information is available on the Department of State website
At this time, my office can provide support to constituents looking to apply for or renew their passports. While the State Department handles all expedition requests on a case-by-case basis, my staff is ready to assist you by liaising with the National Passport Information Center. Please review the State Department’s latest updates on Passport Services here.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its medical facilities are taking steps to protect and care for veterans during the outbreak. Veterans should refer to the VA’s website for the most current information: www.va.gov/coronavirus
. Guidance from local VA medical facilities about their current operating status is available on each facility’s website, which can be found through VA’s facility locator tool: https://www.va.gov/find-locations
Veterans experiencing coronavirus symptoms are encouraged to call their VA medical facility or call MyVA311 (844-698-2311, press #3 to be connected).
Washington D.C. Tours and Flag Requests
As a public health precaution, the following sites have temporarily suspended public access and cancelled all previously scheduled tours:
· U.S. Capitol Building - indefinitely
· The White House - indefinitely
· Bureau of Engraving and Printing - indefinitely
· U.S. Supreme Court - indefinitely
· Library of Congress - indefinitely
· National Archives - indefinitely
· FBI - indefinitely
· State Department - indefinitely
· Treasury Building - indefinitely
· The Pentagon - indefinitely
· Kennedy Center - indefinitely
· Arlington Cemetery - indefinitely
· Smithsonian Museum - indefinitely
· Ford’s Theatre - indefinitely
· U.S. Botanical Garden - indefinitely
· Constitution Hall - indefinitely
Additionally, all flag requests will be delayed until we are able to resume normal operations. If you have any questions, please contact Gavin.Wolf@mail.house.gov.