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COVID weekly newsletter (5/6)


It’s Thursday, May 6, 2021. Welcome to my weekly COVID-19 newsletter.

Here are the bullets for NYC according to nonprofit news site’s COVID-19 tracker, the New York State COVID testing dashboard, and the NYC Dept. of Health:


  • 135,679 cumulative confirmed cases (+1,138 since last week)

  • 4,406 cumulative deaths (+27 since last week)

  • .9% seven-day positivity average (down from 1.2% last week)

  • 195,539 adults (14%) partially vaccinated

  • 712,322 adults (51%) fully vaccinated


  • 919,049 total cases (+8,954 since last week)

  • 32,735 total deaths (+274 since last week)

  • 2.52% seven-day positivity average (down from 3.18% last week)

  • 906,822 adults (13%) partially vaccinated

  • 2,766,361 adults (42%) fully vaccinated

Projections for total deaths keep curving downward. The University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s weekly “reference scenario” now estimates 23,598 more deaths nationwide by August 1 (about 4,000 fewer than last week’s projection, for an estimated cumulative total of 598,882).

Yesterday (5/5) CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in her briefing that the CDC projections show a “road map” out of the pandemic, as long as vaccination rates and masking and other mitigation rates continue. “…we have the path out of this, and models, once projecting really grim news, now offer reasons to be quite hopeful for what the summer may bring,” she said. See this for a news report.

How to Get Vaccinated: The Master List
All City-run sites and State mass vaccination sites now accept walk-ins for anyone 16+. I’ve compiled this checklist (also on this page on my website) to help you know about every possible option.

  • The Manhattan walk-in City sites are below. These sites will also give second doses to anyone who got their first shot elsewhere. Bring your CDC vaccination card.
    -Abyssinian Baptist Church, 132 W. 138th St. | Tu-Sa, 9a-5p (16+)
    -American Museum of Natural History, 200 Central Park West | Fr-Tu, 9a-6p (18+)
    -ATC Vaccination Times Square/NFL Experience, 20 Times Square (7th Ave. & 47th St.) | Su-Sa, 7:30a-7p (16+)
    -Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, 158 Centre St., 3M | Mo-Fr, 9:30a-4:30p (18+)
    -Citi Family and Friends, 45 Hubert St. | Fr, 10a-4p (16+)
    -City College North Academic Center, 1549 Amsterdam Ave. | Th-Su, 9a-8p (18+)
    -Conrad Hotel, 255 Murray St. | Fr, 7a-4p (16+)
    -Convent Avenue Baptist Church, 420 W. 145th St. | Tu-We, 5:30-9:30p; Sa-Su, 9a-5:30p (16+)
    -East Harlem Council for Human Services, Inc. Boriken Neighborhood Health Center, 240 E. 123rd St | call to find out when walk-ins are available, 917-843-0525 (18+)
    -Essex Crossing, 224B Broome St. | Th-Su, 9a-8p (18+)
    -Ford Foundation, 320 E. 43rd St. | Mo-Sa, 9a-5p (18+)
    -Fort Washington Collegiate, 729 W. 181st St. | Tu-We, 5:30-9:30pm; Sa-Sun 9a-5:30p (16+)
    -Fulton Community Senior Center/Hudson Guild, 119 9th Ave. | Tu-Sa, 10a-5p (16+)
    -Gompers Senior/Community Center, 80 Pitt St. | Th-Sa, 8a-6p (18+)
    -Johnson Community Center, 1833 Lexington Ave. | Th-Sa, 8a-6p (18+)
    -NYC Health Dept. – Downtown Clinic, 1 Centre St. | Su-Sa, 9a-5p (18+)
    -NYC Health Dept. – Uptown Clinic, 158 E. 115th St. |  Mo-Sa, 9a-5p (18+)
    -NYC Health + Hospitals, Harlem, 506 Lenox Ave. | Su-Sa, 7a-7p (16+)
    -Rutgers Community Center, 201 Madison St. | Th-Sa, 8a-6p (18+)
    -Yeshiva University, 2495 Amsterdam Ave. | Su-Th, 9a-7p; Fr, 9a-5p (16+)

  • Manhattan’s State mass vaccination site is the Javits Center (429 11th Ave.). It takes walk-ins, but those who prefer to make an appointment can fill out the NYS eligibility survey.

  • Use the NYC COVID Vaccine Finder.

  • Check availability on NYC Vaccine List or TurboVax, which aggregate open appointments at many federal, State, City, pharmacy, and private sites.

  • Call the NYC vaccine hotline (877-VAX-4NYC or 877-829-4692).

  • Call the NYS vaccine hotline (833-NYS-4VAX or 833-697-4829).

  • In-home vaccination is available for people who are fully homebound (can’t leave their unit even with assistance). Request an appointment by filling out this form or calling 877-829-4692 (this doesn’t guarantee an appointment; FDNY personnel will call to confirm eligibility). On that call, household members (family and home health aides) can also request to be vaccinated during the in-home appointment.

  • Check hospital networks: Northwell HealthNYU Langone (for current patients only and must create a MyChart account to be notified about an appointment); Hospital for Special Surgery; and Fort Washington Armory (216 Fort Washington Ave.), run by NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine (create a Connect account or walk in Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7 am – 4 pm).

  • Check SOMOS vaccine sites.

  • Check pharmacies: CVS (800-SHOP-CVS), Walgreens (800-WALGREENS), RiteAid (800-RITE-AID), and the East Harlem Costco (pharmacies must now offer second shots to people who got first shots elsewhere).

  • Contact your medical provider or local pharmacy.

  • If you need help making an appointment, contact Junior Martinez in my office at 212-531-1609 or Recently, Junior helped get appointments for 13 staff members at Silver Moon Bakery on the Upper West Side.

Today (5/6) until 5:30 and tomorrow (5/7) from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Cayuga Centers is hosting a vaccine clinic (2183 3rd Ave. btwn 119th and 120th Sts.). Make an appointment at or 646-988-6718, or walk in. The site offers Moderna, so 18+.

Tonight (5/6) at 5 pm, community health workers in Harlem, Washington Heights, and Inwood are invited to a town hall about vaccines hosted by Community Board 12. Register here.

The Legislature extended the NYS eviction moratorium through Tuesday, 8/31 (it had expired Tuesday, 5/1). This is welcome news after a federal judge struck down the nationwide eviction moratorium the CDC had issued. Preventing evictions keeps tenants safer from COVID by not forcing them into new housing situations that increase their exposure.

Friday (5/7) at noon, Housing Conservation Coordinators hosts a virtual workshop about elder abuse awareness and prevention in Spanish. Join the Zoom (meeting ID 859 3688 3386) or watch on Facebook.

Next Thursday (5/13) at 5 pm, teens are invited to the “Teens and Vaccines” webinar discussing the basics of the vaccine, how to advocate for vaccine equity, and how youth can lead a just recovery. (The Pfizer vaccine will likely be approved for American kids 12-15 next week, and Canada has already approved it for their teens.) Click the title to register for the event, hosted by the youth activist coalition In Our Hands.

Enrollment is now open for “Citizen Public Health Training,” New York State’s free new course to help people recover from the pandemic and prepare for future health crises. In partnership with Cornell University, the 16-hour online course focuses on health communication and community engagement to empower New Yorkers as public health leaders. Register here, and preview course materials here.

If you’re uninsured, there’s still a week left to sign up for Obamacare/ACA health insurance (the deadline is Saturday, 5/15). There are new subsidies included in the American Rescue Plan that make Obamacare more affordable than ever. Apply through the New York State marketplace or directly through insurers. If you have questions, make an appointment with a local marketplace navigator, who can help individuals, families, and small businesses choose an affordable plan.

COVID News Clippings 

India’s coronavirus surge creates vaccine supply turmoil far beyond its borders
By Adam Taylor, Washington Post, April 30, 2021

‘Living in two realities’: Indian diaspora reckons with crisis abroad
Workers prepare to convert an indoor stadium in Srinagar, India, into a coronavirus treatment center as case loads spike.
By Fenit Nirappil and Ambreen Ali, Washington Post, May 2, 2021

Reaching ‘Herd Immunity’ Is Unlikely in the U.S., Experts Now Believe
Widely circulating coronavirus variants and persistent hesitancy about vaccines will keep the goal out of reach. The virus is here to stay, but vaccinating the most vulnerable may be enough to restore normalcy.
By Apoorva Mandavilli, NY Times, May 3, 2021

F.D.A. Set to Authorize Pfizer Vaccine for Adolescents by Early Next Week
The U.S. vaccination campaign will soon expand to millions more people, but public health experts say the move raises complicated questions about supply and access.
By Noah Weiland, Apoorva Mandavilli, and Sharon LaFraniere, NY Times, May 3, 2021

More than a year into the pandemic, we’re still figuring out what risks we’re willing to take
By Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, May 3, 2021

Feds rethink vaccination strategy as slowing demand reveals stark divide
The White House expected vaccination rates to drop off in rural communities and among younger people who are hesitant about the shot.
By Dan Goldberg and Adam Cancryn, Politico, May 3, 2021

Fauci: The U.S. has a ‘moral obligation’ to help with global pandemic response
By Sarah Owermohle, Erin Banco, and Adam Cancryn,, May 5, 2021

Taking ‘Extraordinary Measures,’ Biden Backs Suspending Patents on Vaccines
The Biden administration, siding with some world leaders over the U.S. pharmaceutical industry, came out in favor of waiving intellectual property protections for coronavirus vaccines.
By Thomas Kaplan, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, and Rebecca Robbins, NY Times, updated May 6, 2021

Stay safe.