Last Updated: 04.06.2022 at 5:00 p.m.
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KEY TO NYC
As of March 7, 2022, as announced by Mayor Eric Adams, the previous Key to NYC Pass program will be suspended. Businesses including indoor dining, indoor fitness (includes dance and other fitness studios), and indoor entertainment (includes theaters and performance venues) are no longer required by the City to check for proof of vaccination for entry. All other vaccine mandates, such as the private sector mandate, in New York City will remain in place at this time.
Still mandated as of March 2022: 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. Learn more about what employers need to know about the NYC Vaccine Mandate.
For reference – Key to NYC requirements that were in effect August 2021 through March 2022:
As per Mayor de Blasio’s expansion of the Key to NYC Pass program (original date of effect August 16, 2021), as of January 29, 2022 all people over the age of 5 are required to show proof of two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by or authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO (except for those 18 years and older who received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine) 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. These requirements also mean that employees working at these locations must be fully vaccinated. People 18 and older are also required to show identification along with their proof of vaccination.
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.
Key to NYC frequently asked questions (updated weekly)
Methods of collecting proof of vaccination
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.
MASK REQUIREMENTS AND UPDATES
On February 25, 2022, the CDC announced relaxed masking guidelines for communities in areas considered to be “low risk.” Currently all counties of NYC and Long Island fall into the “low risk” category, meaning the CDC is no longer encouraging indoor mask use in these areas. Health officials emphasized that people should still wear face coverings if they wish or if they are personally at high risk, and spaces/venues/organizations may choose to require masks at their own discretion.
- Check your COVID-19 Community Level on the CDC website to find whether your area is considered low-, medium-, or high-risk for COVID-19.
- Learn more about what the CDC’s new masking guidance means for New York and New Jersey
NEW YORK STATE AND CITY:
Following a mask mandate during the winter COVID-19 Omicron surge in New York State, as of March 2, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that New York State will end the mask requirement for schools. This policy change was echoed by Mayor Eric Adams, who announced that beginning March 7, 2022, the indoor mask mandate in NYC public schools in grades K-12 will be lifted.
This news followed the February 10, 2022 announcement from Governor Kathy Hochul that the statewide indoor mask or vaccine requirement mandate would be lifted. Businesses, local governments, and counties can choose to implement a mask mandate. Mandates or recommendations on the local level supersede state mandates.
Masks are still required in hospitals, nursing homes, shelters, public transportation, and related entities.
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. Unvaccinated individuals continue to be responsible for wearing masks, in accordance with federal CDC guidance. Learn about the best KN95 masks for COVID protection.
Due to recent changes to NYS COVID-19 Restrictions and New York Forward Industry Guidance, some of the below recommendations have been labeled as a best practice for general maintenance of public health within the workplace. The archived sections are still included within the content of these Standard Recommendations for reference and as a resource should a business wish to continue to abide by archived guidance.
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
Visit the News & Updates page of this site for the latest press releases relevant to COVID-19 vaccines.
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 booster shots are now available for all fully vaccinated people 12 and older. These shots boost your immunity from an initial vaccination series.
- Everyone 12 years and older, including immunocompromised people, should get a booster shot five months after completing their primary series (2 months if primary series was Johnson & Johnson, for those 18 years or older).
- 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 Pfizer-BioNTech or 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.
- The CDC recommends an additional booster dose for certain immunocompromised individuals and people over the age of 50 who received an initial booster dose at least four months ago.
- After completing the primary series, some moderately or severely immunocompromised people should get an additional primary shot 28 days after their 2nd dose of the Pfizer-Biotech or Moderna vaccine
- 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 primary shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
- If you are eligible for an additional primary shot, you should get this dose first before you get a booster shot.
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.
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.
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
- FDA Approved as of August 23, 2021
- Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine
- Johnson & Johnson’s (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine
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.
Enroll in v-safe, a CDC app that provides confidential health check-ins via text messages and web surveys so you can share with CDC how you, or your dependent, feel after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. This information helps the CDC monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.
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:
- CDC | Vaccines for COVID-19
- Health.NY.gov | COVID-19 Vaccine
- Vaccination benefits
- How the vaccines were developed and proven safe
- Learn more about vaccine development
- Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Overview and Safety
- Vaccine Facts
- Vaccination Requirements
- When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated: How to Protect Yourself and Others
- Citywide Immunization Registry
- All New York City Residents Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccine at Home
- Everything I’ve Heard About: TESTING & VACCINES – Gale Brewer
- Does Medicare Cover COVID-19 Vaccines? | Medicare Vaccine Coverage
- The Truth About COVID Vaccines via NYCHealth
- Combatting Misinformation about the COVID-19 Vaccines – NY State Health
Vaccines for disabled people
- Talking points and social media messages
- Disability Information and Access Line
- VaxFacts Developmental Disabilities NY
- Toolkit for People with Disabilities
Vaccines for Children and Teens
- Why Children and Teens Should Get Vaccinated for COVID-19
- COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Adolescents
- NYC Vaccines for Children Program
- What You Need to Know Now About COVID-19 (PDF)
- NYC Health Department Statement on COVID-19 Trauma (PDF)
- COVID-19 & Public Accommodations Protections
- COVID-19 Equity Action Plan
- Latest Data (updated daily)
- Key Indicators
- Neighborhood Data Profiles
- Long-Term Trends
- Total Data
- Data File Archive
- CDC Library – COVID-19 Science Updates
KEY TO NYC VACCINE MANDATE
- Key to NYC Guidelines
- Transcript: Mayor de Blasio Announces New Vaccination Requirements
- Emergency Executive Order 228 – Key to NYC (August 25, 2021)
- COVID-19 New Vaccine Requirements: Starting August 16, you will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination for:
- Indoor dining
- Indoor fitness
- Indoor entertainment and performances
- Employees at locations offering these activities are also required to be vaccinated.
- Key to NYC Guidance for Fitness (dance schools/studios)
- Key to NYC Guidance for Entertainment (theaters/venues)
- Key to NYC Frequently Asked Questions updated weekly
- Guidance for Customers and Employees on Equitable Implementation of Key to NYC
- Guidance for Businesses on Equitable Implementation of Key to NYC
- Key to NYC – Vaccination Mandate Conflict Resolution Training for Businesses
- Key to NYC Business Flyer
- Key to NYC Written Implementation Protocol Template
- Vaccination Required Poster for Businesses
September 9th: Dance/NYC Field-Wide Call on Key to NYC with DCLA Commissioner Gonzalo Casals
- Excelsior Pass Plus: Frequently Asked Questions | COVID-19 Vaccine
- Excelsior Pass and Excelsior Pass Plus Frequently Asked Questions
- SMART Health Cards
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.
- Vaccine Mandates and Your Nonprofit | National Council of Nonprofits
- Mediating Establishment and Neighborhood Disputes (MEND) NYC
- Engaging Arts and Culture for Vaccine Confidence Field Guides (CDC)
- How to Engage the Arts to Build COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence
- Webinar: Trusted Messengers and Trusted Spaces: Engaging Arts and Culture for Vaccine Confidence in Your Community
- Venable: New York City Provides Guidance for Indoor Vaccine Mandate
- ‘Trusted Messengers’: How Community Groups Plan to Increase Vaccination Rates in New York
- CUNY School of Public Health launches sweeping vaccine research and literacy campaign
Conflict Resolution and De-Escalation Training
As of March 2022, the Biden-Harris Administration launched a new nationwide Test to Treat initiative to give individuals an important way to quickly access free lifesaving treatment for COVID-19. Through this program, people are able to get tested and – if they are positive and treatments are appropriate for them – receive a prescription for oral antivirals from a health care provider, and have their prescription filled all at one location. Learn more and view locations at the Test to Treat website.
- NYC.gov COVID-19 Testing sites
- NYC.gov COVID-19 Rapid Testing sites: Make an appointment for a free rapid COVID-19 test at certain Health Department COVID Express sites around the city. Appointments available on a weekly basis.
- NYC Health + Hospitals COVID-19 Testing sites
- Government website to order free, at-home COVID-19 tests (delivered to you)
- Pixel by LabCorp COVID-19 test (at-home collection kit)
- NY COVID Test – at home test booking
- Here’s Where To Get A COVID Test In NYC—And How Much It Will Cost
- Health Insurance Companies Will Cover Test Kit Costs
Starting January 15, the cost of eight test FDA-approved kits per person per month will be reimbursed by health insurance companies, under rules announced by the Biden Administration. (This assumes, of course, you can find kits to buy!) The rules are also “incentivizing insurers and group health plans to set up programs that allow people to get the over-the-counter tests directly through preferred pharmacies, retailers or other entities with no out-of-pocket costs. Insurers and plans would cover the costs upfront, eliminating the need for consumers to submit a claim for reimbursement.” Contact your plan for details. For more information, refer to this FAQ from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (PDF).
- Off-Broadway COVID-19 Testing Kit Interest Form – Diagnostic Solutions Group is selling 640 tests for $8.50/test if venues order in bulk. More information on the Google Form, including who to contact to order tests
- PCR vs Rapid Test for COVID-19: Pros and Cons