Supply shortages, cancelled appointments, difficult scheduling systems…

Vaccination in NYC remains maddeningly confusing.

So here is the latest on the who, how, and where of getting vaccinated…
How has the supply shortage affected appts?
* There was a wave of cancellations in NYC last week. Some sites temporarily closed & others have paused new scheduling. But vaccination continues at many locations & NYC is expected to receive a shipment of approx 100k doses on Tue. 2/
Do the supply problems put appointments for 2nd shots in jeopardy?
* No. NYC sets aside a large separate stock for 2nd doses (200k+). 3/
Has there been any change in who is eligible for vaccination in NY?
* Not since Jan 11. Here is the exhaustive list of who is currently eligible:… 4/
What about people who are immunocompromised?
* Eligibility for this group had been announced, but rules on this have not been determined and @NYGovCuomo has said that the supply shortage means their inclusion will be delayed. 5/
Where is the best place to start if I want to get vaccinated?
* The answer to this is simple and underappreciated: Check with your current doctor, clinic or medical provider. Many of them are part of hospital or other vaccination networks and can get you an appointment. 6/
Is there a comprehensive list of all the places I can get vaccinated?
* The closest thing is the City’s vaccine finder (but it’s missing some private hospitals and State-run sites): 7/
Where can I schedule a vaccine appointment at major private hospital networks?

* Mt. Sinai:…

* NY Presby:…

* Hospital for Special Surgery:…

Where can I schedule a vaccine appointment at State-run sites?

* Javits:…

* Aqueduct:…

* Pop-up sites (churches, NYCHA, etc):

Is there a central place to check online for open appointments?
* An ingenious tool built by volunteers scans most vaccination scheduling systems in NYC to check for open appointments. Updates every few minutes, so you will be hitting refresh. 10/
Are there any vaccination sites reserved just for seniors?
* Yes. Pharmacies in NY are only allowed to vaccinate aged 65+. A growing # pharmacies are now vaccinating, including Rite Aid, Costco, Duane Reade & some independents. Also there are some seniors-only NYCHA sites. 11/
Is there free transportation to vaccination sites for seniors?
* Yes! NYers aged 65+ who make an appointment at a City-operated site (i.e. Dept of Health or public hospitals/clinics) will be offered free transportation if needed. /12
Will I ever be asked to give a credit card to reserve an appointment?
* NO! Beware of fraudulent calls/texts making the rounds in NYC on this. In fact there is no cost for vaccination in NY. You will be asked to give your insurance info but there will be zero co-pay. /13
When will people w/ underlying conditions become eligible?
* Unclear. Officially the current sched is April, depending heavily on the pace of supply. But equity demands this group be added sooner, since people of color are more likely to have high-risk underlying conditions. 14/
When will other groups of workers be added to eligibility?
* Unclear, but as w/ underlying conditions, equity demands we add key excluded groups asap, including food service, taxi, mail/parcel delivery, nail salons etc. Also critical that we vaccinate incarcerated NYers. /15
Can I sign up to be informed when I become eligible?
* Unfortunately there is not yet a system to update you on your personal eligibility. Best option is NYC’s covid text alerts which will update when new groups become eligible. Text COVID to 692-692, COVIDESP for Spanish. /16
Is there demographic data on who’s being vaccinated in NYC?
* Not yet. It’s critical that this be made public asap. There are alarming signs that people of color are significantly under-represented in vaccination so far. We urgently need to fix this. /17
Will this ever be less complicated?
* If we get expanded supply from the feds, create more ubiquitous vaccine sites, build a single interface for scheduling, and expand eligibility...then this will all be much easier. We can and must fight hard to make all that happen. 18/18
We are hosting a live online Q & A on the equity challenges of vaccination so far in NYC. Join Dr. @uche_blackstock, Assemblymember @CnDelarosa and me on Tues., Feb 2, 5:00pm. Details and RSVP:…

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22 Jan
There are alarming signs that covid vaccination in NYC is disproportionately leaving behind people of color.

** We need to see data on the racial breakdown of vaccinations.**

And we need to take action now to fix yet another egregious case of inequity in this pandemic. 1/
Many mistakes are leading to racial inequity in NYC's vaccine roll-out:
* Eligibility that leaves out key groups of essential workers
* Too few sites in communities of color * Inadequate trust-building efforts
* A scheduling system that is incredibly difficult to navigate 2/
Equity demands that we extend vaccine eligiblity to include groups that have been left out:
* Food delivery
* Restaurant workers
* Taxi drivers
* Amazon warehouse workers
* Mail/parcel carriers
* Incarcerated people
Read 8 tweets
20 Jan
BREAKING: NYC Health Dept. is closing its 15 vaccination hubs Thurs & Fri due to lack of supply from fed gov't.

Approx 22k appointments will be rescheduled for next week. No new appointments being added until there is more certainty on supply.

This is the mess Trump left us.
Supply varies among providers. Public hospital sites and many private clinics are still vaccinating Thurs & Fri. If you haven't received a message that your appointment has been canceled assume it's still on.
UPDATE: All appointments at NYC Health Dept vaccine hubs through SUNDAY 1/24 will be rescheduled

Appmts will be resched'd for exactly one week from original date.

All appmt holders have received an email, & will receive a call from the vaccine call center to help w/ scheduling.
Read 5 tweets
18 Jan
NEW: @NYCHealthSystem has updated hours and locations for covid testing sites. Includes a number of new mobile and temporary sites.

Accelerating vaccination is not our only fight. It's critical than we do more to slow the spread now, and that includes testing. ImageImageImageImage
Great news: two mobile testing sites will be based in Harlem this week, daily through Sunday, 8am-6pm

==> NYCHA Polo Grounds (outside Holcombe Rucker Park)

==> Canaan Baptist Church (Parking lot at 132 W.116th St)
Thrilled to announce that a temporary testing site will be open again this week in southern Washington Heights:

==> Bethune Neighborhood Senior Center, 1970 Amsterdam Ave., Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
Read 4 tweets
11 Jan
New developments in NYC’s vaccination program are coming fast and furious.

Here’s the latest on who can get vaccination, where and when sites are open, and how to schedule.

In addition to healthcare & nursing homes, new groups now eligible are:
* aged 75+
* teachers & education workers (includes childcare...still unclear if this includes higher ed)
* first responders & public safety workers (includes correction officers)
* public transit workers

All groups can go to any public vaccination site.

There’s a new website to find a place near you to get the vaccine:

(There is still a patchwork of different scheduling systems for various providers which is a problem and needs to be fixed.)

Read 12 tweets
9 Jan
To make a covid vaccine appointment in NYC, there is...

One website for H+H sites, another for DOHMH sites, another for Cosco. For community clinics, 7 have their own different websites, 4 require calling, and 1 is by email.

In Britain, the *entire country* is under a unified covid vaccine scheduling system.

(Socialized medicine!!)…
In NYC there should be a *single* website to allow for scheduling a covid vaccine at any provider. You should also be able to schedule by calling 311.

This needs to be simple and efficient, including for seniors.
Read 5 tweets
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Amidst historic crisis, NYC is headed to elections in June.

This is our moment to go big. So we come back stronger, healthier, more just.

I'm running for Manhattan Boro Pres. to take on this fight.

We're days from a big fundraising deadline.

Join us. 1/…
Many of you follow me here because of my battle against the pandemic in NYC. But you might not know my backstory.

I’ve been fighting on behalf of this city my entire adult life, since I graduated college w/ a physics degree & became a bilingual science teacher in the Bronx. 2/
I went on to found a community dev’t credit union ( in Washington Heights in uptown Manhattan, which has made $25m in micro-loans to low-income families to help them do everything from buy their first home computer to start a small business. 3/
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