COVID-19 Resources

Mayor Adams Announces Next Phase of Pandemic Response

Beginning Monday, March 7, 2022, Mayor Adams announced the next phase of the pandemic response, including:

Key to NYC rules will be suspended. Indoor venues, including restaurants, fitness facilities, and entertainment spaces will no longer be required to check for proof of vaccination before customers enter. Businesses previously covered by Key to NYC rules will still have the flexibility to require proof of vaccination or masking indoors if they choose.

Masks will no longer be required on public school grounds for kindergarten to 12th grade students. While these public school children will be able to remove their masks, if they so choose, schools will continue to maintain strict COVID-19 protocols, including increased ventilation, a daily screener to ensure those with symptoms do not come to school, and test kit distribution. Masks will continue to be required for all settings with children under 5 years of age (where none of the population is yet eligible for the vaccine), including programs contracted by the New York City Department of Education with 3- and 4-year-old children as well as 3k and 4K classrooms in district schools.
Please take a moment to read the full announcement.

Vaccine For All Corps is Hiring!

Looking for a job? NYC is hiring for positions at vaccination sites across the five boroughs! No healthcare experience needed.

Interested in working at a vaccination site? Help serve your community and bring this pandemic to an end. Connect with Workforce1 Career Centers

Looking for work? Bring your restaurant, hospitality, retail, operations, management experience to the Vaccine for All Corps! No healthcare experience is necessary.

Learn more at nyc.gov/vaccinejobs

COVID Testing and Free Home Kit Information

COVID Testing Sites

There is a new Bay Ridge Testing Site in Bay Ridge. In partnership with Council Member Justin Brannan and State Senator Andrew Gounardes, NYC Health and Hospitals Corp., Mount Sinai and Century 21 family, a second COVID testing site opened at the former Century 21 Store located at 448 86 Street. There is no appointment necessary and is open for walk-in Saturdays and Sundays between 9:30 am and 4:30pm.

Please find testing site announcements here.

Free At Home Testing Kits

Anyone interested can order up to 4 at home COVID-19 rapid test kits through the US Post Office. You can order for your household here.

NYC Health COVID-19 Vaccine

More information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine could be found on the NYC Health Main Page

Vaccine Authorized for Children

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children ages 5 to 11. The vaccine dose for this age group is smaller than the dose given to people 12 and older.

Children can get vaccinated at their doctor’s office, pharmacies and vaccine sites across the city.

A parent or guardian must provide consent for their child to be vaccinated in person or by phone. They will not need to provide proof they are the child’s parent or guardian.

Some providers, including all City-run sites, will accept proof of consent in writing. However, in-person or phone consent is preferred.

All minors who are 5 to 15 should be accompanied to the vaccination site by a parent or guardian, or another adult caregiver designated by the parent/guardian.

The parent or guardian must also have a completed New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form.

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children: Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

NYC Department of Education: COVID-19 Vaccination for Students

More information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine could be found on the NYC Health Main Page

Booster Shots

Vaccine booster shots are now available for all fully vaccinated people 12 and older. These shots boost your immunity from an initial vaccination series.

We recommend a booster shot for any adult who received the second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least five months ago, or the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago. People with weakened immune systems who received a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine should get a booster shot at least five months after their third dose.

Your booster shot can be any of the three authorized or approved vaccines. We recommend you get either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for your booster shot, unless you are unable to do so. If you have questions, talk to your health care provider or call 311.

COVID-19 Booster Shot Recommendations (PDF)
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COVID-19 Vaccine Third Doses vs. Boosters (PDF)
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More information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine could be found on the NYC Health Main Page

When You Are Fully Vaccinated

After you are fully vaccinated (two weeks after your single-dose vaccine or second dose of a two-dose vaccine), you are much less likely to get or spread COVID-19.

Other benefits of vaccination:

All activities become safer.

You can take off your mask in more settings:
You do not need to wear a mask outdoors or when gathering with friends and family at home or in other private settings.
Masks are still required in schools, on public transportation, in health care settings and in certain congregate settings, such as nursing homes and homeless shelters, and at any other setting if designated by a business or location.
We recommend wearing a mask in all other public indoor settings, even when it is not required, as well as in any setting when you do not know the vaccination status of those around you.
Keep your mask on if you are around unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19.

You no longer need to quarantine after exposure to someone with COVID-19.

You no longer need to get tested for COVID-19, unless you have symptoms of COVID-19 or a recent exposure, or testing is required for work, school or a specific activity.
Even after you are vaccinated, you should still stay home if you are sick or test positive for COVID-19.

If you have a condition or are taking medicines that weaken your immune system, you may not be protected even if you are fully vaccinated. You should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people until advised otherwise by your health care provider.

CDC: Choosing Safer Activities

More information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine could be found on the NYC Health Main Page

Free Transportation and In-Home Vaccinations

City residents 65 and older can get free transportation to and from a vaccination appointment. This service is also available for those with disabilities who have no other way to get to a vaccination site.

To schedule free transport by either ambulette or taxi (including wheelchair accessible vehicles), call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692). If you are younger than 18, you must have your parent or guardian call to book the trip on your behalf.

You can also sign up online for an in-home vaccination or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692). Anyone 5 or older is eligible for in-home vaccination.

In-Home Vaccination Information

More information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine could be found on the NYC Health Main Page

Third Doses for People with Weakened Immune System

Separate from booster shots, people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised (meaning they have a weakened immune system) are eligible for a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, as part of their initial vaccination series. They can get a third dose 28 days after their second shot.

This shot is intended to help a small number of people who may not have had sufficient immunity from the first two shots. People who receive this shot may also be eligible to later receive a booster shot.

COVID-19 Vaccines: Third Dose for People Who Are Immunocompromised (PDF)
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More information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine could be found on the NYC Health Main Page

NYC Health & Hospitals COVID-19 Local Testing Sites

NYC Health and Hospitals provides free COVID-19 testing at various locations throughout New York City.

A schedule of mobile testing locations as well as detailed information on locations and types of testing offered at regular testing sites (including rapid testing and antibody tests) can be found online.  These are no cost testing sites open to all New Yorkers
Find information about local testing sites

Bay Ridge has a local testing site at 8511 – 8515 5th Avenue:

  • Site will be open Monday thru Sunday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Currently offering regular diagnostic COVID-19 test and rapid test – not the antibody test
  • Test are 100% free. You do not need insurance.
  • No appointment is necessary. Just walk in.
  • Regardless of your age, medical conditions or occupation, if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, come get a test!
  • If you’ve come in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient, regardless of your current symptoms, come get a test!

When to Get Tested If You Are Not Fully Vaccinated

If you have not been vaccinated, you should get tested:

  • Immediately if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Three to five days after having close contact (being within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes over a 24-hour period) with someone when they had COVID-19, after returning from travel or after attending a large indoor gathering. If you have had a close contact, you must quarantine for 10 days after your last exposure, regardless of your test result.
  • Before you go to a wedding or other large event, or visit someone who is not vaccinated and at increased risk of severe COVID-19. Cancel your plans if you test positive, have symptoms of COVID-19 or had recent close contact with someone when they had COVID-19.
  • Periodically, such as monthly, if you have frequent in-person interactions with others at work or socially, especially if you are in close contact with people without face coverings in indoor settings.

Retesting After a Positive Test

If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you should not get retested for COVID-19 for at least three months after your symptoms began or, if you had no symptoms, from the date you were tested. You may continue to test positive for COVID-19, even though you are no longer contagious. If you develop new symptoms, talk to your health care provider.

Types of Tests

There are several different types of tests, with some more reliable than others or providing different types of information. Your health care provider can help you decide which type of test is best for you based on the reason for testing, such as recent exposure, presence of symptoms or periodic testing.

Department of Health News: New Yorkers can call 855-491-2667 to Facilitate Claiming Paid Sick Leave

New Yorkers who have had to miss work because they were sick because of COVID-19 can claim paid sick leave and use the City’s Call Center to obtain the necessary medical documentation. For additional questions, view the Health Department’s FAQs below and, if needed, direct any remaining questions about how to obtain the necessary medical documentation to the City’s 311 Call Center.

Face Coverings Required to Enter Essential Businesses
View Health Department’s FAQs

NYS Fatality Support Mission

The American Red Cross across the regions of New York State have developed a program in response to COVID-19 to support individuals and families who have lost family members to death as a result of COVID-19.

The following links to an online intake form can be submitted by a family member, a friend who thinks someone needs help, or an agency on behalf of the family. For those without access to the needed online technology, the phone number will link the caller to an intake person who will assist with the initial steps for getting assistance.

English Intake Form
Formulario de admisión en español

Phone: 585-957-8187
*The program is expected to operate for as long as families will benefit from the service or through the month of September.

COVID-19 Food Assistance Resources

During the COVID-19 public health crisis, New York City is taking steps to make sure every New Yorker has access to the food they need.
Food Help NYC

Map of free food resources across the city, including food pantries and Grab & Go meals at NYC Schools, available for all children or adults in need.