COVID Community Updates


  • People 30 and older, grocery workers, first responders and support staff, Preschool-12th grade teachers, public transit workers, and those living or working in homeless shelters are now eligible for the vaccine. You can make appointments at many locations by clicking here or here or here. Starting April 6, 2021, those 16 and older will be eligible. 

  • Starting February 15, 2021, people with the following underlying conditions are also eligible to receive the vaccine: cancer, chronic kidney disease, pulmonary disease, intellectual and developmental disabilities including Down syndrome, heart conditions, immunocompromised state, severe obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease or thalassemia, type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus, cerebrovascular disease, neurologic conditions, and liver disease.

  • Pharmacies are now free to vaccinate those with underlying conditions (in addition to the already-eligible educators, childcare workers and those 50 and above.

  • Information on the vaccine, including possible side effects and other questions, can be found here.

  • The latest information on COVID-19 restrictions can be found here.

  • NYS passed legislation banning new evictions until May 1, 2021, freezing all open eviction cases for at least two months, and making it easy for renters to prevent eviction with a one page form. Click here to fill out the form from Housing Justice for All. 


  • NYC urges older residents and those with underlying conditions to stop non-essential activities and avoid outdoor gatherings. 


  • Pregnant Women, regardless of immigration status can enroll in Medicaid and it won’t factor into a Public Charge determination.


  • New Public Charge policies won’t affect NYCCare members, enroll today. Call 646-692-2273 or visit 

  • Information on free food programs available can be found here. A map of locations distributing free food can be found here

  • Information for Medicaid enrollees and those looking to enroll can be found here

  • Information on the The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), a federally funded program that helps low-income homeowners and renters pay for utility and heating bills, can be found here

  • Additionally, if you or a family or household member are elderly, blind, disabled, or mentally impaired, you may be eligible for assistance paying your utilities bill. Call 212-331-3150. If you are currently receiving benefits, please see a list of additional cash assistance you may be eligible for here



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