Covid-19 Vaccinations

Updated: April 7, 2021
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In December, Sandra Lindsay, the director of critical care nursing at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and a LEHMAN COLLEGE nursing grsduate, became the first person in the U.S. to receive a Covid-19 vaccination.
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WHO? HOW? WHERE? We created this page to compile information and links on the (unfortunately uneven) rollout of Covid-19 vaccines.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: As of April 6, ALL NEW YORKERS 16 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER are eligible to receive the vaccine.

A significant number of our members live in New Jersey or Connecticut -- and PSC retirees live in many states across the nation. Most states have enlarged the pool of residents eligible to receive vaccinations. Generally, the best sources of vaccination information are state, county and city department of health websites. See some of the links below for more information.

ALL NYS EMPLOYEES ARE ENTITLED TO UP TO FOUR HOURS OF PAID TIME PER COVID-19 VACCINATION. Effective March 12, under a new law passed by the New York state legislature, employers in NYS must provide employees with up to four hours of paid time off per COVID-19 vaccination. The new law sunsets on Dec. 31, 2022.

The law provides that;

  • All New York employees must receive a paid leave of absence for "a sufficient period of time" not to exceed four hours per vaccine injection. In other words, employees may be entitled to up to eight hours of paid time off if receiving a two-injection COVID-19 vaccine.
  • This leave must be paid at the employee's regular rate of pay.
  • Employers cannot require employees to use other available leave (such as sick leave, vacation time or any other paid time off already granted under a collective bargaining agreement) before providing this leave.

Everyone employed by CUNY is entitled to four hours of paid time per Covid-19 vaccination.

Who's next in your state's vaccine line? Go to this site, created, maintained and updated by the NY Times, to see who is eligible in your state.

Much of the information below was compiled by our retirees chapter, but it is useful to all members.

New York City: Members eligible under phases 1A and 1B (and those 30 and over as of March 30 and 16 and over as of April 6) should visit the "NYC health" website that enables scheduling vaccination appointments. The availability of appointments, however, seems to change with considerable frequency and from location to location. (There is a free transportation service to vaccine appointments in Manhattan for those disabled, even if temporarily. Call Project Cart at 212-956-0855.}

Another Useful Site for Finding Vaccination Appointments: Here is an unofficial site created by a few creative web developers to help find locations where COVID-19 vaccines are available in NYC: https://nycvaccinelist.com/

National Vaccine Finder. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is supporting a centralized, national portal develped by Boston Children’s Hospital where the public can search for nearby vaccination locations with doses on hand. The site is presently operational for a few states; partially operational for others. The site is step by step adding capacity and by mid-March should be helpful for finding vaccine locations in all states. Go to: https://vaccinefinder.org/.

NY State Updates. Go to the NY State Covid-19 Vaccine web page where you can check your eligibility and sign up for email and/or text updates.

New York State county health departments to set up COVID-19 vaccination sites for those over the age of 65. Announced on Friday, February 26, the soon-to-launch clinics — which may be new vaccination sites or clinics at existing sites, depending on the county — will include support staff to help seniors with vaccination paperwork, according to the state. Some facilities will include transportation assistance for getting them to and from the vaccine site, according to the state.

Links to other state health department web pages on Covid-19 vaccinations:

Appointments at Pharmacy Chains. Several chains have set up appointment web sites. Here are two:

CVS: https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine

Walgreens: https://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/covid-vaccine.jsp

Dr. B. The standby list for leftover COVID vaccines.
Leftovers happen. People miss their appointments. Vials come with extra doses. Any thawed vials must be used within 6 hours, or they get thrown out. Looking to get vaccinated but can’t get an appointment? Join the standby list to get connected with local providers with extra doses.

When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated. Read the recommendarions of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how "people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic".

What You Need To Know About Your Vaccine Card (NY Times). For now, the best way to show that you’ve been inoculated against the coronavirus is a simple white card. Here, your key questions answered.

Some useful links provided the NYC Department of Health. The retirees chapter had a speaker from the NYC Department of Health Vaccine Command Center at its 2/1/21 chapter meeting who provided the following links:

Vaccine landing page: nyc.gov/covidvaccine
Who is eligible? https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-vaccine-eligibility.page
Vaccine Command Center Site Suggestions: https://airtable.com/shr7kmERtMbZH0LgK
Data: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-data-vaccines.page
Making an appointment:
Vaccine site locations for eligible New Yorkers: https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/
Vaccine appointment phone number: 877-VAX-4NYC or 877-829-4692

Here are some key resources for sharing - these and more, all here in 13+ languages:

What New Yorkers Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines
Flyer: Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine
COVID-19: Prevent the Spread Palm Card
COVID Facts Youtube Video
FAQ about the COVID vaccine

"How to master the vaccine-appointment website: A guide for everyone:"
Here is a useful article from the Washington Post.

Vaccines 101: Dr. Jennifer Rosen from the Bureau of Immunization, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and her colleague Dr. Julian Watkins answered PSC members’ questions about the availability and the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines at two webinars on February 9. Members of the PSC Health and Safety Watchdogs committee also presented at the events organized by the PSC. Click the images below to view a recording of one or both webinars.