Dear AMPHS Family,
Our team has been hard at work this past month! Our vaccination task force expanded quickly through both online and virtual community outreach to ensure that our immigrant community members in Sunset Park aren’t left behind. Thanks to the hard work of our community health workers and team of volunteers last week we assisted over 1,000 people get vaccinated! As the vaccination rollout continues we’ll continue to work to ensure that our hardest hit neighborhoods are fully supported in NYC’s vaccination roll-out.
At AMPHS we’ve also been on the ground advocating for the safety of our Asian community members that have faced increased rates of anti-Asian violence in the past year. We are calling for action to be taken to dismantle the structures and institutions that invisibilize Asian-Americans, including:
1) Violence and harassment against Asian-Americans must be investigated as hate crimes.
2) Investment in enhanced language-appropriate mental health support for all Asian American groups.
3) Improved tracking of hate crime statistics, disaggregate population data, help our communities feel safe to report crimes, and empower communities with bystander/upstander intervention and self-defense resources.
4) The incorporation of Asian American history into our school classrooms.
Asian New Yorkers, too, are New Yorkers, with the right to celebrate their heritage and identity with dignity, and not with fear. At AMPHS we invite you to join us in taking action and continuing to spread today’s campaign message of love, diversity and acceptance.
If you need to speak with someone to receive social assistance services during this difficult time, our phone lines are open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM at (212) 256-9036.
Day of Visibility
AMPHS joined the NYC Commission On Human Rights for a Day of Visibility in response to the recent hate crimes against Asian-Americans. At the site where Ms. Kari was brutally attacked, AMPHS was proud to stand in solidarity with Asian communities across the City, and together, reached out to 154 businesses to do the same.
Since the start of the pandemic AMPHS has been working to distribute self-defense resources to our Asian community members. In July of last year, we worked with the NYC Commission on Human Rights to raise awareness on the trend in Anti-Asian hate and share self-defense techniques to empower our community members to go about their daily lives without fear.
Check our out workshops on combatting Anti-Asian harassment:
Thank you to our wonderful partners at MCC: Muslim Community Center, Brooklyn Immigrant Community Support, South Brooklyn Mutual Aid, United Way, and NYC Service for helping us bring fresh food and warm meals to the community! Since May 2020, we have continued to distribute fresh food and masks to over 250 families every Saturday, providing over 10,000 boxes of food since we started our emergency food pantry.
“Vax Up, Sunset Park!” campaign and Week of Action
Although Sunset Park has been hit hard by the pandemic, many of our neighbors have faced challenges accessing the vaccine due to language or technology barriers. Our “Vax Up, Sunset Park!” Week of Action is working to ensure that the vaccine is delivered equitably and with cultural sensitivity in South Brooklyn. On-the-ground outreach has been critical to ensuring everyone in our community has access to the vaccine, and thanks to the hard work of our team and volunteers, we’ve been able to schedule nearly 500 vaccination appointments for our underserved community members in the past week, with 1,600 total appointments scheduled since February.
A special thanks to our partners at South Brooklyn Mutual Aid, Representative Nydia Velazquez, NYC Council Member Carlos Menchaca, Office of the Public Advocate, Vaccine Pod, and Fairstead for making this Week of Action possible.
AMPHS collaborated with the Department of Health to educate our community members about Tuberculosis, including symptoms, prevention, and treatment. You can watch a recording of the workshop here!
People of Color Health Justice Campaign
AMPHS joined the People of Color Health Justice Campaign (POC HJ) press conference to share the untold stories of communities of color during the roll-out of the vaccine.
We stand alongside POC HJ partners in calling for the City and State to address the inequities in the vaccination roll-out and center the leadership of frontline leaders of color and people of color led community based organizations.
You can check-out the full press conference at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LikD1PhOML4
What is the current status of vaccine rollout?
- Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized three COVID-19 vaccines: the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines. The vaccine can prevent COVID-19 symptoms and severe COVID-19 illness.
- On April 13th, the CDC and the FDA recommended a pause in the use of the J&J vaccine out of an abundance of caution, saying they are reviewing reports of six U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot.
- On April 24, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it has voted to lift the pause on the Johnson & Johnson and resume the single-shot vaccine. Th Food and Drug Administration says they have revised their emergency use authorization for the vaccine to include a new warning about the “plausible” risk of rare but serious blood clots in adult women under 50.
- Note: 6.8 million doses of J&J have been administered nationally, and there were 6 of these (CVST) adverse events reported. There is a very small chance for this to happen to others who have received the vaccine already.
- New York State has followed this recommendation and paused the use of the J&J vaccine statewide as of 4/13 while these health and safety agencies evaluate next steps. All appointments scheduled for April 13 for the J&J vaccine at State mass vaccination sites will be honored with the Pfizer vaccine.
- For patients who were due to receive the vaccine, those appointments will be rescheduled. A message will be sent but staff will be on-site to speak with them in case the message was not received. Homebound appointments will also be rescheduled.
- The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will continue to be administered in NYC. Blood clots have not been reported in the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.
Who is eligible?
- All New Yorkers age 16 and older are now eligible for the vaccine.
- Note: People who are 16 or 17 years old are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.
Where can I secure a vaccine?
- Vaccines are available at pharmacies, hospitals, local health departments and Federally Qualified Health Centers statewide – please contact your provider of choice to schedule your vaccine appointment.
- There is a network of State-run sites distributing vaccines statewide. To determine eligibility and to schedule a first-dose appointment at New York State-run vaccination sites only, use the Am I Eligible app.
- All NYC-run vaccine sites are now taking walk-ins of any eligible age. No appointment needed. The Sunset Park site is located at Brooklyn Army Terminal (140 58 Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220).
How can I make an appointment for a vaccine?
Book an appointment with AMPHS:
- Book an appointment with AMPHS at the Sunset Park vaccine site (140 58 Street, Brooklyn) using the form at this link: www.bit.ly/amphsvax
- Please check the form every two weeks on Wednesday for new slots
Search for sites across the different healthcare systems citywide:
- Vaccine Finder: Search for a vaccination site based on zip code and make an appointment on the individual links listed by site. Note that this does not tell you whether appointments are available at that site. Translation option available.
- Vaccine List: This website shows you where appointments are immediately available across the city in real-time. It is not a city-run website and uses crowdsourced data. Translation option available.
- TurboVax: Shows available appointments across 43 city and state-run vaccination sites in real time. Site in English only.
Search for sites within individual healthcare institutions and networks. A few of these sites include:
- DOHMH Vaccine Scheduler: Make an appointment at a DOHMH-run vaccination hub. Translation module is available at upper right corner.
- Health + Hospitals Vaccine Scheduler: Make an appointment at a Health & Hospitals-run vaccination hub.
- SOMOS Vaccine Scheduler: Make an appointment at a SOMOS-run vaccination hub, including some 24/7 hubs. Form in English and Spanish. The Chinese form is coming soon.
- CDC Vaccine Finder: Search for vaccine site based on vaccine type. English-only website.
Search for appointments at a local chain pharmacy:
Schedule with the NYC in-home vaccination program
- The City’s in-home vaccination program, which had been on a pause along with all Johnson & Johnson vaccine administration in New York City, will resume using the Moderna vaccine starting this week (4/19). Screening calls for verifying eligibility have resumed.
- If you are homebound and interested in receiving the vaccine at home, please fill out the COVID-19 In-Home Vaccination Interest Form or call 1-877-392-4692.
- NYS Hotline: 833-697-4829 (7am-10pm, daily)
- NYC Hotline: 877-829-4692 (8am-9pm daily, will be 24/7 soon)
Additional COVID Resources
H+H COVID Testing Sites
Do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by getting a free test! NYC Health and Hospitals offers free testing at hospitals, health centers, and new pop-up locations across the five boroughs. Just walk-in – no appointment needed
Vaccine Frequently Asked Question
The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and provided at no-cost to all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status. For more information on if you are eligible and where to get your vaccine you can click here for updates or refer to the flyer below.