Vaccine Distribution Update from Rep. Andrew Garbarino

A Message from Rep. Andrew Garbarino, 2nd District of New York

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have fought for the safety and wellbeing of Long Islanders by working with community leaders and facilitating the donation of personal protective equipment to local organizations and small businesses. The COVID-19 pandemic has not only disrupted our entire economy but continues to claim the lives of countless Americans.

I’ve heard from many of you with questions regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution in New York. I want to provide you all with the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 vaccine, from what types of vaccines are available to eligibility and scheduling an appointment. For those of you who are interested in receiving additional information regularly in your inbox, please sign up for my newsletter here.

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UPDATE RE: COVID-19 Vaccine for People With Developmental Disabilities Living at Home

A Message from Commissioner Kastner, Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

I am pleased to share that the most recent expansion of prioritization in the New York State vaccination rollout now includes all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As you know, people living in OPWDD certified residential settings, as well as staff providing support to people in all settings, were previously prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine. On February 5, 2021, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in non-certified settings will be added to the 1b prioritization category and will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines as of February 15, 2021.

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VAXXMATTERS NEWSLETTER

Stay up-to-date on the latest developments on the COVID-19 vaccine with The Center for Family Support’s newly launched VaxxMatters newsletter. Click below to access copies of the newsletter.

COVID-19 VACCINE FAQs

CLICK HERE FOR FAQs

COVID-19 VACCINE RESOURCES

New York City
NYC COVID-19 Vaccine Page
https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-vaccines.page

NYC Vaccine Eligibility Page
https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-vaccine-eligibility.page

NYC Covid-19: Vaccine Locations (includes links to schedule appointments)
https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-vaccine-locations.page

Lo que los neoyorquinos necesitan saber sobre las vacunas contra la COVID-19
https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/covid/covid-19-vaccines-faq-sp.pdf

NYC Vaccine List
A volunteer-led effort to help you find a COVID-19 vaccine in and around NYC
https://nycvaccinelist.com/

Nassau County
Nassau County Info Page
https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/5126/COVID-19-Vaccine-Information

How to sign up for a vaccine appointment in Nassau County
https://fernandinaobserver.com/county-news/how-to-schedule-a-covid-19-vaccine-appointment-in-nassau-county/

New York State
NY State COVID Vaccine Site
https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

NY State Eligibility Form – Am I Eligible
https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

OWPDD
COVID-19 Vaccine Page
https://opwdd.ny.gov/coronavirus-guidance/covid-19-vaccine

COVID-19 Guidance Documents
https://opwdd.ny.gov/coronavirus-guidance/covid-19-guidance-documents

COVID-19 Vaccine Plain Language Description
https://opwdd.ny.gov/coronavirus-guidance/covid-19-vaccine-plain-language-flyer

New Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine Registration

COVID-19 vaccines are on the way to hospitals and clinics across New Jersey. You can reserve your spot to get a vaccine now by pre-registering.

https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/

General Vaccine Info
CDC Facts about Covid-19 Vaccines
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html

FDA Safety Guidance
https://www.fda.gov/media/142749/download

PFIZER Vaccine Fact Sheet Sheet
https://opwdd.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/12/pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine-eua-fact-sheet-for-recipients.pdf

MODERNA Vaccine Fact Sheet
https://opwdd.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/12/fact-sheet-recipients-caregivers-moderna-covid-19-vaccine.pdf

COVID Vaccine Information in Plain Language
https://arcwestchester.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/COVID-19-Vaccine-Information-in-Plain-Language.pdf

Talking COVID Vacines Presentation

Click below to watch the presentation on COVID vaccines by Brendan Camellato, PhD student in molecular biology at NYU Langone Health.

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the presentation.

COVID-19 ALERT PAGE

Click below for our information page on the coronavirus.

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WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.

HOW DOES COVID-19 SPREAD?

Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands • between people who are in close contact with one another when an infected person coughs or sneezes • by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?

Fever (100.4F) • cough • shortness of breath

HOW CAN I HELP PROTECT MYSELF?

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available

IF YOU ARE SICK, TO KEEP FROM SPREADING RESPIRATORY ILLNESS TO OTHERS, YOU SHOULD:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

PREVENT THE SPREAD OF GERMS WITHIN EACH HOME:

  • Observe standard Universal Precautions as trained
  • Monitor individuals at least once per shift; notify nurse or designated staff if the individual show symptoms fever; cough; shortness of breath
  • Encourage individual to… • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw tissue in the trash.
  • Wash hands frequently or use hand sanitizer
  • Stay home when showing signs of illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath)
  • Stay in their room—if they must leave the room, encourage them to wear a facemask (if tolerated)
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS – UPDATED INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE

  • Direct Support Professionals are essential and integral employees to Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)’s provision of services, and that is especially true during this public health emergency. OPWDD has remained in close consultation with our partners at the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Education Department, as well as with those at the federal and local level, to ensure the health and safety of all staff.

    In guidance issued by the NYS Education Department, found at: Additional Guidance on Statewide School Closures Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak in New York State – March 17, 2020, DSP’s are classified as essential health care workers:

    “Essential health care workers may include licensed health professionals such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, LPNs and nurse assistants or laboratory personnel and direct support professionals. First responders may include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, and firefighters.”

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