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Coronavirus Vaccine Resources

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Vaccine Information for B’ShERT members

Among our highest Jewish values is pikuach nefesh, the preservation of human life. In that spirit, and in the hope of returning in health to our physical home on Marlborough Road as soon as possible, we have set up this small clearinghouse of vaccine information for our members.

As of April 9, all New Yorkers 16 and older are eligible for vaccination. The latest detailed information is here on the city’s Command Center page.

Where can you get the vaccine? If you have a primary care physician, workplace/union health plan, or other healthcare provider, start there. Those in eligible groups can also use the Vaccine Finder website or Vaccine Hub to find vaccination providers nearby (including Advantage Care on Church Avenue, Costco, and a 24-hour site at the Brooklyn Army Terminal).

New 4/7: Some city-run sites, including the Flatbush YMCA and the Brooklyn Army Terminal, are offering walk-up vaccination for anyone age 75 or older, plus a companion 16 or older. No appointment is required. Check the sites available here.

New 3/15: NYC is taking door-to-door vaccination for the homebound citywide, or seniors & those with disabilities. The goal is to vaccinate entire homebound population by end of April. To sign up: https://forms.cityofnewyork.us/f/homebound or call 877-VAX-4NYC. This program will use the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, so a single shot/visit with no secondary appointment.

As of March 17, pharmacies in New York have opened their appointments to those with comorbid conditions. Each pharmacy chain has a different registration process.

The FEMA-supported mass vaccination site at Medgar Evers College is now up and running providing up to 3,000 vaccinations per day.

If you are not comfortable using a computer or smartphone to register for an appointment, please call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). Appointments may be added at any time so be sure to check for the latest availability; the NYC Health & Hospitals site tends to add appointment slots shortly after midnight, for the night owls. You can also sometimes find community programs or pharmacy availability at https://nycvaccinelist.com/ — be sure to filter for Brooklyn locations.

NYC vaccine hubs will be open from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, seven days a week. Certain hubs (Javits, Medgar Evers) may be open 24 hours.

Except for specifically designated walk-in sites, appointments are REQUIRED to be vaccinated. You may have to look ahead several weeks to find an open appointment. Once you receive your first vaccine dose, you will generally automatically be given a second appointment (either three or four weeks later) to get your booster shot.

Vaccination is not permission to stop being careful! It takes approximately 10 days from your first vaccine dose to start being protected from COVID-19, and full protection is not in effect until 10-14 days after your second dose for two-dose regimes (the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single dose). Protection is very strong but not absolute, and while preliminary evidence suggests the vaccine will also prevent you from transmitting COVID-19, it is not fully confirmed. Wash your hands, keep your distance, and wear your mask!

Need help navigating the registration process? Email vaccinehelp@bshert.org and Mike or a member of the Caring Committee will reach out to work with you.

Please note that New York’s vaccine guidelines are changing rapidly and some of this information may be out of date. We will aim to keep the page updated and current as much as possible. The City’s Vaccine Finder and Command Center should always have up-to-date details.

Other useful websites: Eligibility Checker, NYC Health & Hospitals Scheduler, NYC Health Department Scheduler, Mount Sinai Scheduler, NYU Langone Vaccine Info.

You can sign up for email updates from New York State on the COVID response here. If you use Twitter, you can follow the city’s Health & Hospitals Corporation, DOH, Governor Cuomo or Mark Levine (city council chair of the Health committee) for minute by minute information.

Be well & be safe!