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Happy holidays! Looking back at this year, we are so grateful for the way our community came together to support one another. Thank you for continuing to volunteer, donate, and spread the word about our services. As we head into 2022, we hope we can accomplish more together and continue to provide support for each other. 

With the omicron COVID variant on the rise, it is important to get regular COVID tests, wear masks, and practice social distancing. We’ve compiled the latest information in our COVID updates section below, including information about the $100 incentive for the COVID-19 booster shot. We will continue to send information as we learn more.

AMPHS December Updates

Excluded Workers Fund March

On December 10, 2021, AMPHS marched in support of the Excluded Workers Fund to ensure more workers can be supported. The Excluded Workers Fund has allowed our community to pay their rent, seek critical healthcare, and put food on the table for their families.

In the coming budget cycle, Governor Kathy Hochul and the state legislature must add $3 billion to the Excluded Workers Fund to ensure that New York State can fully fund excluded workers. 

AMPHS Winter Wonderland Toy Holiday Distribution

To help spread the holiday cheer, we distributed over 200 toys and books to families from our health and adult literacy programs at our Winter Wonderland Holiday Toy Distribution. Participants also had a chance to receive a free COVID-19 vaccination and PPE goodie bag.

A special thank you to our sponsors and supporters Empire BlueCross Blue Shield, Target Margin Theater, Target, NYC Health + Hospitals/Community Care, Assemblymember Marcela Mitaynes, Yafa Cafe, and El Rey Del Pescado, as well as our volunteers and toy drive donors, for their help in spreading the holiday cheer.

Food Distribution 

For the last food distribution of 2021, the AMPHS team provided fresh produce, meats, eggs, and PPE to over 500 families. Thank you to Send Chinatown Love and 47 Division St. Treading Inc. for a special donation of eggs and Chinese sausages, and as well as The New York Immigration Coalition and South Brooklyn Mutual Aid for making this work possible!

Mammogram

For our second mammogram event of the year, our partner at American-Italian Cancer Foundation conducted 28 mammograms for at-risk women in Sunset Park, many of who had missed opportunities for routine preventative care due to the pandemic. Mammogram participants also had the opportunity to pick up free holiday toys and women’s clothing, compliments of Empire BlueCross BlueShield and MetroPlusHealth.

NYC Healthcare Access Resources Workshop

On Wednesday, December 22, 2021, we held our NYC Healthcare Access Resources workshop in English, Spanish, and Mandarin. Given the barriers and disparities in healthcare access among immigrants, especially among undocumented communities, and U.S. citizens our resources focused on those available to the immigrant communities of NYC. We reviewed the basics of the Affordable Care Act, NYS Medicaid, NYC Care, FQHCs and additional resources.

Vote for a Mental Health Project in Your Community!

Participatory budgeting is a project that gives community members a direct say in how the City’s budget is used. Take this opportunity to vote on which mental health project you believe should be funded for Sunset Park.

Click on this link and be sure to select “Brooklyn- Sunset Park”

If you have any questions regarding the ballot, please contact Suzanna Au Yeung at suzanna.auyeung@amphsnational

COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Mandates

  • Children ages 5 to 11 are now required to have proof of vaccination for indoor dining, fitness, entertainment, and certain meeting spaces. They must show they have received at least one dose of a vaccine.
  • Starting December 27, people 12 and older participating in indoor dining, fitness, entertainment, and certain meeting spaces will be required to show proof they have received two vaccine doses, except for those who have received the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 
  • Starting January 29, 2022, children ages 5 to 11 must show proof of full vaccination.
  • CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to 5 days, if asymptomatic, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others. If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house. If you have a fever, continue to stay home until fever resolves.
  • If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should quarantine yourself.
    • If you have been boosted OR completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months OR completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months: 
      • Wear a mask around others for 10 days
      • Test on day 5, if possible
      • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home
    • If you completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted OR completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted OR are unvaccinated:
      • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days
      • If you can’t quarantine, you must wear a mask for 10 days
      • Test on Day 5, if possible
      • If you develop symptoms get tested

COVID-19 Vaccines & Testing

  • As COVID-19 cases are on the rise with the Omicron variant, it is important to get tested at the following free test sites sponsored by NYC Health & Hospitals across the city. Free self-test kits are also available. To check wait times, visit this link and to find additional test sites, visit this link.
  • If you get your vaccine booster dose between December 21, 2021 and December 31,2021 at a New York City-run vaccine location or through the City’s in-home vaccination program you will be eligible to receive a $100 pre-paid debit card. Within 5 days of completing your booster dose, a virtual debit card will be sent to the email you provided when making an appointment or registering as a walk-up. If you do not have a valid email on file a physical card will be mailed to the mailing address on file. Please allow up to 4 weeks for delivery of the physical card. Book an appointment at any eligible site with “$100 incentive available” listed on the nyc.gov/vaccinefinder or call 877-VAX4NYC (877-829-4692) to find a participating site.
  • COVID-19 vaccination sites will close on December 31st and January 1st; 24-hour vaccination sites will stop lines at 6am on December 31st. Only those on line by 6am will be guaranteed a vaccine.

Omicron Variant

  • The rise in COVID-19 cases is largely attributed to the more contagious Omicron variant.
  • Omicron has a shorter incubation time. It takes three days for an individual to develop symptoms, become contagious and test positive compared with four to six days with Delta and the original coronavirus.
  • Most PCR and rapid tests can detect Omicron but the results do not indicate to the user which variant they are infected with.
  • Symptoms of Omicron are similar to the Delta and original coronavirus, including scratchy or sore throat along with nasal congestion, a dry cough and muscle pain, especially lower back pains.
  • One possible difference between the variants is that Omicron may be less likely than earlier variants to cause a loss of taste and smell.
  • Laboratory studies indicate that vaccines, and especially boosters, may protect against the worst outcomes of the fast-spreading Omicron variant. The variant can, however, still cause breakthrough infections in vaccinated people and those who have been infected with older versions of the virus, with more moderate symptoms.

Excluded Workers Fund Updates

  • Effective December 28, 2021, the New York State Department of Labor will suspend the option to withdraw cash from ATMs for cardholders with a remaining balance on their prepaid cards. These cardholders will have the option to make free withdrawals in-person at most banks and credit unions that accept Visa debit cards. Cardholders will still be able to use their existing cards to make purchases in-store and online where Visa debit is accepted. The only change is cardholders’ ability to withdraw cash from an ATM; all other terms and conditions contained in the cardholder agreement remain unchanged.