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COVID weekly newsletter (6/10)


It’s Thursday, June 10, 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:


  • 138,027 cumulative confirmed cases (+241 since last week)

  • 4,497 cumulative deaths (+15 since last week)

  • 0.3% seven-day positivity average (down from 0.4% last week)

  • 113,936 residents (7%) partially vaccinated

  • 928,795 residents (58%) fully vaccinated


  • 935,835 total cases (+1,521 since last week)

  • 33,309 total deaths (+64 since last week)

  • 0.71% seven-day positivity average (down from 0.81% last week)

  • 594,052 residents (7%) partially vaccinated

  • 3,813,288 residents (46%) fully vaccinated

See vaccination rates by NYC ZIP code here.

President Biden tweeted this week about how cases from the highly infectious Delta variant are spreading rapidly among 12-20-year-olds and encouraged that age group to get vaccinated ASAP. First identified in India, the Delta variant has become the dominant variant in the U.K. and threatens to become the prevailing cause of COVID cases in the U.S. unless vaccinations rise, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Perks for Getting Vaccinated!

Choose from any one of the following when you get the shot at City-run vaccine sites:

  • New York City Football Club tickets

  • Brooklyn Cyclones tickets

  • NYC Ferry 10-ride pass

  • Statue of Liberty ticket and accompanying ferry ticket

  • $25 NYC Public Market gift card

  • Public Theater annual membership

  • Citibike two-week membership

  • Snug Harbor family membership

Get vaccinated at a City-run site through Sunday (6/12), and you’ll also be eligible to win a lottery for six months’ worth of unlimited MetroCards.

The State-run sites at Grand Central and Penn Station (open through Sunday, 6/12), offer free 7-day unlimited MetroCards. The State is also offering a free ticket to the Empire State Building Observatory for the first 100 people who get vaccinated at the Empire State Building: 20 W. 34th St. | Fr-Su, 7:30-11:30a.

Get four free tickets to the American Museum of Natural History when you get vaccinated there: 200 Central Park West | Mo-Tu, 9a-6p; We-Su, 10a-5p (includes teens 12+).

Get free tickets to the NY Botanical Gardens when you get vaccinated at the East Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Center/NYC Health Dept. Uptown Clinic: 158 E. 115th St. | Mo-Sa, 9a-5p (18+).

12-17-year-olds who get vaccinated through Monday, 6/28 can enter a drawing to win one of 50 full CUNY or SUNY scholarships, covering tuition, room, board, and supplies, sponsored by New York State. Enter the weekly lottery here. (A Manhattanite won in last week’s drawing!)

How to Get Vaccinated: The Master List

I’ve compiled this checklist (also on this page on my website) to help you know about every possible option– all are free. City-run sites and State mass vaccination sites now accept walk-ins for anyone (12+ or 18+ depending on the vaccine). City-run sites will also give second doses to anyone who got their first shot elsewhere; bring your CDC vaccination card for the second dose.

City-run pop-up sites this week (all take walk-ins):

-INTAR Theater/Open Culture Block, W. 53rd St. between 9th-10th Ave. | Th, Sa, 12-10p (Includes teens 12+)

-INTAR Theater/Open Culture Block Site 2, 11th Ave. and 52nd St. | Fr, 12-10p (Includes teens 12+)

-Jackie Robinson Park, Bradhurst Ave. between W. 147th-151st St. | Th-Su, 8a-6p (Includes teens 12+)

-Jackie Robinson Park/NYC Mobile Bus, 128 Bradhurst Ave. | Sa, Su, 10a-6p (18+)

-NYC Mobile Bus – East Harlem, 490 Malcolm X Blvd. | Th-Fr, 12-8p (Includes teens 12+)

-NYC Mobile Bus – Washington Heights/United Palace, 4140 Broadway | Th, 12-8p (Includes teens 12+)

-NYC Mobile Bus – Washington Heights/St. Nicholas, 1488 St. Nicholas Ave. | Fr, Su, 11a-7p; Sa, 10a-6p (Includes teens 12+)

-NYC Mobile Bus – Washington Heights, 319 Audubon Ave. | Sa-Mo, 12-8p (Includes teens 12+)

-NYPL Harlem Branch, 9 W. 124th St. | Th-Sa, 8a-6p (Includes teens 12+)

-NYPL Seward Park Branch, 192 E. Broadway | We-Fr (6/16-18), 8a-6p

-Paul, Weiss, 1285 Avenue of the Americas | Th, 12-7p (Includes teens 12+)

-Tompkins Square Park, Temperance Fountain, E. 9th St. and Avenue A | Su, 10a-7p (Includes teens 12+)

State-run pop-up sites this week (all take walk-ins):

-Empire State Building Observatory, 20 W. 34th St. | Fr-Su, 7:30-11:30a– the first 100 people vaccinated get a free ticket to the Empire State Building Observatory.

-Grand Central Station, Metro-North Terminal inside Vanderbilt Hall | Fr-Su, 8a-1p  (18+)– get a free 7-day unlimited MetroCard.

-Penn Station, LIRR, 34th St. Corridor, closest to entrance at 34th St. and 7th Ave. | Th-Su, 3-8p (18+)– get a free 7-day unlimited MetroCard.

City-run permanent sites (all take walk-ins):

-Abyssinian Baptist Church, 132 W. 138th St. | Tu-Sa, 9a-5p (Includes teens 12+)

-American Museum of Natural History, 200 Central Park West | Mo-Tu, 9a-6p; We-Su, 10a-5p (Includes teens 12+)– get a voucher for four free museum tickets.

-Apicha Community Health Center, 400 Broadway | Tu-Fr, 10a-3p (18+)

-ATC Vaccination Times Square/NFL Experience, 20 Times Square (7th Ave. and 47th St.) | Su-Sa, 7:30a-7p (Includes teens 12+)

-Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, 168 Centre St., 3M | Mo-Fr, 9:30a-4:30p (Includes teens 12+)

-City College North Academic Center, 1549 Amsterdam Ave. | Th-Su, 10a-8p (18+)

-Convent Avenue Baptist Church, 420 W. 145th St. | Tu-We, 5:30-1op; Sa, 10a-4:30p (Includes teens 12+)

-East Harlem Council for Human Services, Inc. Boriken Neighborhood Health Center, 2265 3rd Ave. | Mo, Fr 9a-5p; We, 10a-6p; Sa , 9a-3p (18+)

-East Harlem Council for Human Services – Taino Towers, 240 E. 123rd St., | Mo, Fr 9a-5p; We, 10a-6p (18+)

-Essex Crossing, 224B Broome St. | Th-Su, 10a-8p (18+)

-Ford Foundation, 321 E. 42nd St. | Mo-Sa, 9a-5p (18+)

-Fort Washington Collegiate Church, 729 W. 181st St. | We-Th, 5:30-9:30p; Sa 10a-4:30p (Includes teens 12+)

-Fulton Community Senior Center/Hudson Guild, 119 9th Ave. | Tu-Sa, 10a-5p (Includes teens 12+)

-Gotham Health, Gouverneur, 227 Madison St. | Su-Sa, 7a-7p (18+)

-Gotham Health, Sydenham, 264 W. 118th St. | Su-Sa, 7a-7p (18+)

-NYC Health Dept. – Downtown Clinic, 1 Centre St. | Su-Sa, 24hrs (18+)

-NYC Health Dept. – Uptown Clinic, 158 E. 115th St. | Mo-Sa, 9a-5p (18+)– get free NY Botanical Garden tickets

-NYC Health + Hospitals, Bellevue, 462 1st Ave. | Su-Sa, 7a-7p (Includes teens 12+)

-NYC Health + Hospitals, Harlem, 506 Lenox Ave. | Su-Sa, 7a-7p (Includes teens 12+)

-NYC Health + Hospitals, Metropolitan 1901 1st Ave., 4A | Su-Sa, 7a-7p (Includes teens 12+)

-Yeshiva University, 2495 Amsterdam Ave. | Su-Th, 9a-7p; Fr, 9a-5p (Includes teens 12+)

Other permanent sites and appointment resources

Manhattan’s State-run 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. (The Javits Center vaccine site will soon close its doors, Gov. Cuomo announced last week.)

Use the NYC COVID Vaccine Finder.

Check availability on NYC Vaccine List, which aggregates 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).

NEW: In-home vaccinations are now available to any NYCHA resident 12+ or employee/retiree of the City of New York in addition to anyone who is 75+, has a disability, or is homebound. 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 for appointments: Northwell HealthNYU Langone (for current patients only and must create a MyChart account to be notified about an appointment); Hospital for Special Surgery; and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine sites.

Check SOMOS vaccine sites for availability.

Check pharmacies for appointments: 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

The regular Tuesday meeting of my Manhattan Vaccine Task Force kicked off with hearing from senior center operators and advocates from Lenox Hill Neighborhood House and LiveOn NY. With senior centers allowed to reopen Monday (6/14), they discussed how centers are approaching reopening safely and the challenges they’re facing. Then, we heard about how successful the vaccination campaign has been at the American Museum of Natural History site, and the NYC Health Dept. spoke about efforts to vaccinate teens.

COVID News Clippings 

CDC director urges parents to vaccinate teens, pointing to increase in severe cases
Hospitalization rates for adolescents went up in March and April, even as they stabilized for those 65 and older, new study finds
By Lena H. Sun, Washington Post, June 4, 2021

Vaccination rates fall off, imperiling Biden’s July Fourth goal
The ‘last mile’ of delivering coronavirus shots has become a marathon, with health officials showing up at stores, parks and factories to entice people who might not go to vaccination sites.
By Dan Diamond, Dan Keating, and Chris Moody, Washington Post, June 6, 2021

We’ll Probably Need Booster Shots for Covid-19. But When? And Which Ones?
Scientists are asking a lot of questions about Covid-19 booster shots, but they don’t yet have many answers. Here’s what they know so far.
By Carl Zimmer, NY Times, June 6, 2021

What My Covid-19 Vaccine Saga Taught Me About the U.S. Health Care System
I had to change Covid-19 vaccines midstream. Two months, five doctors and multiple Benadryls later, it was very clear the system isn’t set up to help non-cookie-cutter patients like me.
By Joanne Kenen,, June 6, 2021

Fascinating Twitter thread, from June 7, 2021:
The Lancet letter of Feb 18, 2020, sent a message to scientists the world over: Investigate a lab leak, and you will be tarred as conspiracy theorist. Was it an honest outpouring of support? Or astroturfing?

How the ‘Alpha’ Coronavirus Variant Became So Powerful
A new study suggests how the variant first identified in Britain hides from the human immune system. Its stealth may be part of its success.
By Carl Zimmer, NY Times, June 7, 2021

What we know about the highly infectious coronavirus delta variant
By Adam Taylor, Washington Post, June 7, 2021

Delta variant accounts for 6 percent of new U.S. coronavirus infections
By Lenny Bernstein, Washington Post, June 8, 2021

For those who lost loved ones to covid, there is no return to normal
By Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, June 8, 2021

New daily COVID-19 cases and deaths rise again as concerns over delta variant and Biden vaccination target for July 4 increase
By Tomi Kilgore,, June 9, 2021

The Fundamental Question of the Pandemic Is Shifting
We understand how this will end. But who bears the risk that remains?
By Ed Yong,, June 9, 2021

The four most urgent questions about long COVID
Scientists are starting to get insights into the lingering disorder that affects some people infected with SARS-CoV-2 — but many mysteries remain unsolved.
By Michael Marshall, Nature magazine, June 9, 2021

Moderna files for FDA authorization for Covid vaccine in younger teens, adolescents
If cleared by the FDA, Moderna will become the second Covid-19 vaccine available in the U.S. for teens under 18 along with Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine.
By Jane Weaver,, June 10, 2021

Stay safe.