VACCINES & TESTING

Last Updated: 01.20.2022 at 1:00 p.m.

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GOVERNMENT MANDATES

KEY TO NYC

As per Mayor de Blasio’s expansion of the Key to NYC Pass program (original date of effect August 16, 2021), people ages 5 to 12 are now required to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by or authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO, and people 12 and older must show proof of two doses (except for Johnson & Johnson recipients) for indoor dining, indoor fitness (includes dance and other fitness studios), and indoor entertainment (includes theaters and performance venues). The mayor also announced 5-11-year-old children are required to get vaccinated to participate in high-risk extracurricular activities. These activities include sports, band, orchestra, and dance. 

  • Children: Children ages 5 to 11 are now required to have proof of vaccination for the public indoor activities described above. They must show they have received at least one dose of a vaccine. Starting January 29, 2022, children ages 5 to 11 must also show proof of full vaccination.
  • Full Vaccination: People 12 and older participating in the above public indoor activities are now required to show proof they have received two vaccine doses, except for those who have received the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. These requirements also mean employees working at these locations must be vaccinated.

People 18 and older are also required to show identification along with their proof of vaccination. Key to NYC Workplace Vaccination Requirement: All private-sector employers in NYC must see proof of employees’ first dose by December 27th and proof of a second dose by Thursday, February 10th (unless the employee got the single-shot Johnson & Johnson). Those employers are required to sign and publicly post an affirmation that they’re complying with the mandate. Also included are rideshare drivers, people who rent space in a coworking office, and therapists who visit clients in their home. The City may fine employers $1,000+ for violations. Visit this City Vaccine Workplace Requirement webpage to learn more about complying with the mandate.

Key to NYC enforcement takes the form of an inspection process that includes: checking for signage, a person checking proof of vaccination, and written documentation of the protocol.

Methods of collecting proof of vaccination

NEW YORK STATE HERO ACT

As of December 10, 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul announced masks will be required to be worn in all indoor public places in New York State unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement. This major action is to address the winter surge as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise statewide, and to be in alignment with the CDC’s recommendations for communities with substantial and high transmission. Unvaccinated individuals continue to be responsible for wearing masks, in accordance with federal CDC guidance.  

New York State and the State’s Department of Health continue to strongly recommend mask-wearing in all public indoor settings as an added layer of protection, even when not required. Children 2 – 5 years old who remain ineligible for vaccination must wear a proper-fitting mask.

All private-sector employers in NYC must see proof of employees’ first dose by December 27th and proof of a second dose by Thursday, February 10th (unless the employee got the single-shot Johnson & Johnson). Those employers are required to sign and publicly post an affirmation that they’re complying with the mandate. Also included are rideshare drivers, people who rent space in a coworking office, and therapists who visit clients in their home. The City may fine employers $1,000+ for violations. Visit this City Vaccine Workplace Requirement webpage to learn more about complying with the mandate.

Responsible Parties should be prepared to, at any time, adjust and adapt between various levels of danger zones in the event of positive cases within the organization, an increase in COVID cases in the area, and/or the emergence of new COVID variants of concern.

NEW YORK STATE HERO ACT

On September 6, Governor Kathy Hochul designated COVID-19 a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health under New York State’s HERO Act, which requires all employers to implement workplace safety plans to prevent workplace infections. The NY HERO Act mandates extensive new workplace health and safety protections and workplace safety plans. Employers can adopt a model safety plan as crafted by the New York State Department of Labor, or develop their own safety plan in compliance with HERO Act standards.

NEWS & UPDATES

Visit the News & Updates page of this site for the latest press releases relevant to COVID-19 vaccines.

PAST NEWS ITEMS

December 6, 2021: Office of the Mayor – Vaccine mandate for children and for private sector workers

October 29, 2021: FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Emergency Use in Children 5 through 11 Years of Age

October 20, 2021: FDA Takes Additional Actions on the Use of a Booster Dose for COVID-19 Vaccines

September 22, 2021: FDA Authorizes Booster Dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Certain Populations

August 23, 2021: FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine: Pfizer-BioNTech 

August 12, 2021: FDA Authorizes Additional Vaccine Dose for Certain Immunocompromised Individuals

August 11, 2021: The Centers for Disease Control announced that the COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future.

Who should get vaccinated?

It’s never been easier to get a vaccination. People ages 5 and older are eligible for the vaccine. (Note: People who are between 5 and 17 years of age are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.) Reminder: Labor Law section 196-b allows employees to use sick leave for the recovery of any side effects of the COVID-19 vaccination and section 197-c allows leave to receive vaccinations. 

Vaccine Boosters

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

  • New Yorkers 12 years and older who received their Pfizer-BioNTech initial vaccine series at least five months ago are eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech booster. (only the Pfzier-BioNTech vaccine has been approved for use in people under 18 years old) 
  • New Yorkers 18 years and older who received the Moderna initial vaccine series at least five months ago or the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago are eligible for a booster dose. 
  • 5-11-year-olds with certain immunocompromising conditions who received their Pfizer-BioNTech initial vaccine series at least 28 days ago are eligible for an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Finding a COVID-19 Vaccine

  • You can find your nearest COVID-19 vaccine site online or call 844-VAX-4NYC.     
  • There are now many walk-up vaccine sites throughout the City where appointments are longer required. See a list of sites where you can get a walk-up vaccination today.
  • The NYC Mobile Vaccine Buses and Vans visit neighborhoods across the five boroughs to offer convenient, ADA-accessible COVID-19 vaccinations. The full schedule is available here. In-person interpretation in multiple languages and multilingual vaccine materials are available on site. Appointments are not required, but you can book in advance online or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC. 
  • Free transportation to vaccination appointments in NYC is available for city residents 65 and older and those with disabilities who have no other way to get to a vaccination site. To arrange for transportation, call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692).  
  •  NYC residents who cannot leave their home can sign up for an in-home vaccination online or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692). Even if you received your first dose of Pfizer or Moderna through a different program, such as a clinic or mobile vaccination site, you can still receive the second dose at home.

About Vaccines

Three COVID-19 vaccines are authorized or approved for use in the United States to prevent COVID-19. Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (COVID-19 mRNA vaccines) are preferred.  You may get Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in some situations.

Below is a description of how each type of vaccine prompts our bodies to recognize and protect us from the virus that causes COVID-19. None of these vaccines can give you COVID-19.

  • mRNA vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech; Moderna) contain material from the virus that causes COVID-19 that gives our cells instructions for how to make a harmless protein that is unique to the virus. After our cells make copies of the protein, they destroy the genetic material from the vaccine. Our bodies recognize that the protein should not be there and build T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes that will remember how to fight the virus that causes COVID-19 if we are infected in the future.
  • Viral Vector vaccines (Johnson & Johnson / Janssen) contain a weakened version of a live virus—a different virus than the one that causes COVID-19—that has genetic material from the virus that causes COVID-19 inserted in it (this is called a viral vector). Once the viral vector is inside our cells, the genetic material gives cells instructions to make a protein that is unique to the virus that causes COVID-19. Using these instructions, our cells make copies of the protein. This prompts our bodies to build T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes that will remember how to fight that virus if we are infected in the future.

Revisit the Dance/NYC Vaccines for Dancers Town Hall

GUEST SPEAKER RESOURCES (slides)
COVID Update for the Dance Sector from the NYC Department of Health
COVID-19 State of Affairs

More information on COVID-19 Vaccines can be found here:

VACCINE RESOURCES

Vaccines for disabled people

Vaccines for Children and Teens

COVID-19 Information

VACCINE-RELATED DATA

KEY TO NYC VACCINE MANDATE

September 9th: Dance/NYC Field-Wide Call on Key to NYC with DCLA Commissioner Gonzalo Casals

VACCINE PASSPORTS

VACCINE POLICY IMPLEMENTATION

Inform your decision making regarding vaccine policy with resources from the Performing Arts Org Vax Policy Database. The database includes examples of vaccine policies from performing arts organizations across the country.

Conflict Resolution and De-Escalation Training

TESTING

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