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Coronavirus Vaccine Resources

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Vaccine Information for B’ShERT members (1/12/21)

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 January 11, all New Yorkers 65 and older are eligible for vaccination. Additionally, the 1a and 1b groups (healthcare workers, first responders, teachers & school staff, transit workers, group living residents & staff, and some other high risk categories) are eligible now.

Where can you get the vaccine? If you have a primary care physician, workplace/union health plan, or other healthcare provider, start with them. Those 65 and older or in eligible groups can also use the Vaccine Finder website to find vaccination providers nearby (including Advantage Care on Church Avenue, Costco, and a 24-hour site at the Brooklyn Army Terminal). 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).

There is a first-come, first-serve vaccination center at Brookdale Medical Center (Rockaway Pkwy and Linden Blvd) at the Kahn Auditorium, entrance mid-block on Rockaway Parkway between Linden and Church. Hours 8 am to 8 pm. (Thanks to Gerard Soffian and Barry Katz for the update)

NYC is scheduled to open 12 vaccine hubs across the city beginning Friday, January 15th. The hubs will be open from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, seven days a week.

Hubs opening Friday 1/15:
Abraham Lincoln High School 2800 Ocean Parkway
Bushwick Educational Campus 400 Irving Avenue
Canarsie High School 1600 Rockaway Parkway
George Westinghouse Vocational HS 105 Johnson Street

Appointments are REQUIRED to be vaccinated (except at Brookdale). You may have to look ahead several weeks to find an open appointment. Once you receive your first vaccine dose, you will need 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. Protection is not absolute (the vaccines are about 95% effective) and there is not yet enough evidence to determine whether the vaccine will also prevent you from transmitting COVID-19. 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!