The COVID-19 Pandemic has been active in New York City since before March 9, 2020 when the State of New York and the City of Nw York declared emergencies and shut our society down.
SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19 a severe respiratory syndrome and infectious disease. Its symptoms include but are not limited to fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell.
Here is a list of COVID-19 Resources for New Yorkers to utilize.
Individuals 12+ are able to book vaccine appointments at many locations throughout the city using the NYC Vaccine Finder or by calling 1-877-VAX-4NYC. For updates from the City of New York text COVID to 692-692 to receive real-time updates on vaccine distribution.
New York City offers free transportation services to its residents ages 65+ and individuals with disabilities (ages 16-64) to and from vaccination sites. Eligible passengers can request to be picked up anywhere in the five boroughs and taken to any vaccination site located within the City. For more information, call the NYC Vaccine Hotline: 877-VAX4NYC (877-829-4692).
The NYC Vaccine Command Center (VCC) is led by Melanie Hartzog, New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, and brings together experts from across city government. More than a dozen City agencies conduct operations through the VCC, including the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, NYC Health + Hospitals, NYC Emergency Management, NYC Department for the Aging, the Mayor's Office, and the City’s Task Force on Racial Equity and Inclusion.
Most city-run sites are offering walk-up vaccinations without an appointment, including for individuals 12 years and older. You can find the closest wall-up site to you by visiting NYC Vaccine Finder and clicking the "Walk-ups" toggle button.
Please note the NYC Vaccine Finder does not support Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer. Please use another web browser such as Google's Chrome Browser.
New York City is offering in-home COVID-19 vaccinations to any City resident who requests one. Any New Yorker requesting in-home vaccination will now have the option to request their vaccine brand preference (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson). Click here to complete the request form.
To better meet New Yorkers where they live, work, go to school, and play, NYC has deployed temporary, roaming vaccination sites across the City. There are two versions of these temporary sites: mobile and pop-up. All are fully equipped with in-take personnel and nurses to safely and conveniently administer the vaccine and observe patients. Appointments are not required, but you can book an appointment at many of these sites in advance online or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC.
Click here to view the current schedule of Mobile and Pop-up sites.
The City of New York has setup a testing portal for those who would like to get tested for SARS-CoV-2 (novel coronavirus). Please call the testing site before you arrive to ensure the site is open and to see if the site is taking walk-in or if you need an appointment.
Testing is being prioritized for all Department of Education students (3K through 12th Grade), employees, employees of DOE contracted early childhood programs, and affiliated family child care networks, and employees of DOE- and DYCD-contracted Learning Bridges programs at 22 H+H testing sites during the 2020-2021 school year.
The NYC Test & Trace Corps is a public health initiative to fight the threat of COVID-19. The Corps is a group of doctors, public health professionals and community advocates working to reverse the COVID-19 outbreak and protect New York City. The public health program is led by NYC Health + Hospitals in close collaboration with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and other city agencies.
Through its robust and citywide partnerships, The Corps helps New Yorkers receive free, safe and confidential testing for COVID-19 and for the antibody test. It ensures that anyone with the virus receives care, and can safely isolate to prevent the spread. To help New Yorkers navigate this process, The Corps has activated a specialized group of Contact Tracers to provide resources and support every step of the way.
The Test & Trace Corps website can help you navigate COVID-19 Testing and Medical Care.
Burial Assistance Programs
The Human Resources Administration, Office of Burial Services assists individuals in need of financial assistance to meet funeral expenses for a deceased low-income New York City resident (decedent). Payment may be authorized to reimburse funeral expenses that have already been paid or pre-approval for payment may be authorized for the cost of a planned funeral.
Click here for more Burial Assistance programs.
Note: Details for this program may change without notice. Please check the program's website for current information.
- This is a one time payment for New Yorkers who lost income during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Application forms will not include questions about citizenship or immigration status.
- You must currently live in New York State and must have lived here before March 27, 2020.
- There are 2 Tiers of compensation based on the documents that you can provide.
- Tier 1 can provide up to $15,600 in benefits (minus taxes).
- Tier 2 can provide up to $3,200 in benefits (minus taxes).
- Benefits will be paid by direct deposit, cash card, check, or another payment method.
Eligibility CriteriaTo be eligible to receive benefits from the EWF program, applicants must show they:
- Lived in New York State before March 27, 2020, and continue to live in New York State;
- Are not eligible for and did not receive unemployment insurance or any other COVID-19 income relief or other specified benefits from the state or federal government;
- Earned less than $26,208 in the 12 months prior to April 2021; and
- Lost at least 50% of weekly work-related earnings or household income at any point in time between February 23, 2020 and April 1, 2021 due to total or partial unemployment, or inability or unavailability to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic or, became responsible for a majority of their household income due to death or disability of the head of household.
If you need help with completing the application there are Community Based Organizations that can assist.
Seven communities that received funding for emergency rental assistance directly from the federal government opted to administer their own programs. Residents of City of Rochester and Monroe County, the City of Yonkers, Onondaga County and the towns of Hempstead, Islip and Oyster Bay must apply with their local programs for emergency rental assistance and are ineligible for assistance from the state-administered Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
An "eligible household" is defined as a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meets the following criteria:
- Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19
- Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability and
- Has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median income.
ERAP is not guaranteed and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.