Last Updated: 01.20.2022 at 1:00 p.m.
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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.
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
August 23, 2021: FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine: Pfizer-BioNTech
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 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.
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.
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
- 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, read this FAQ from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (PDF).