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healthcare and vaccines

Healthcare and Vaccines

Vaccine Information:

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has a number of resources with information:

• COVID-19 Vaccine webpage – Includes the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccines (such as how to find a vaccination site, vaccine eligibility and what you can do once fully vaccinated):

• COVID-19 Vaccine Facts webpage – Includes information on common issues and questions about the vaccines:

• Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines for Families and Educators:

• Doctors of the NYC Department of Health PSA on COVID-19 vaccines:

• Community Providers on COVID-19 vaccines:

• Pregnancy, Nursing and Fertility:

Vaccines are essential to stopping this pandemic. When you support COVID-19 vaccination, you help to protect your school and your community against COVID-19.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, visit or call 311. To find out where you or your loved ones can get vaccinated, visit or call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692). You can also sign up by visiting or calling 877-VAX-4NYC for an in-home vaccination.

You can view the entire letter from the NYC Department of Education and the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene here:

Medical Care:

If you feel sick and think you might have COVID-19, you can call 1-844-NYC-4NYC to connect to a medical provider free of charge, 9 am to 9 pm. If you are concerned you may be experiencing a medical emergency, contact your provider immediately or call 911.

• NYC Dept. of Education letter about the Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children or MIS-C (formerly called Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome or PMIS):

• COVID-19 Health Guidance from NYC Department of Health:

• Free healthcare for teens and families at Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center:

• NY State free health clinics:

• Housing Works’ Youth and Prevention Services connects New York City’s youth with compassionate healthcare in a judgment-free environment:

Mental Health

• Mental Health Guide for High School Students

• Child and Adolescent Mental Health Emergency and Crisis Services:
1-888-NYC-WELL (press 2 for English)
1-888-692-9355 (press 3 for Español)
1-888-692-9355 (press 5 for 中文)
711 (TTY for hearing impaired)

• NYC Well – Talk. Text. Chat 24/7

• NYS Office of Mental Health:

• MoneyGeek – How to access and afford mental health care during COVID-19:

Official Health Guidance and Information

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

• New York State Comptroller’s Office:

• New York State Dept. of Health:

• World Health Organization:

Food / Housing / Benefits

Free Food

• Grab and Go Food distribution, free food for all New Yorkers across the city. Learn more and find locations here:
Or, text “NYCFOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877

• Call 311 to find your local food pantry (no income guideline for emergency food) or ask about Get Food NYC, which delivers meals

• FoodHelp Locator by zip code

• Find nutrition support or a food pantry near you: Food Bank NYC is giving out free meals, groceries and SNAP support all over the city: or

• Volunteers across the city are delivering groceries, medication and other necessities to elderly and otherwise at-risk residents. Get a delivery or sign up to volunteer:

• SNAP online ordering – New Yorkers can use their SNAP benefits to order online:

• Get Food NYC has a map feature to find food distribution locations

Rent and Housing

• Find help in NYC with food, money, housing, finances, school, work and more on ACCESS NYC.

• If you’re facing housing issues related to the coronavirus crisis, get free advice over the phone: 212-979-0611 and see this link:

• You can access housing court for illegal lockouts, housing code violations and repair orders:
Housing Court Answers Hotline: 212-962-4795

• Homeless Drop-In Centers: Homeless people who are living on the streets can go to a drop-in center to receive services such as hot meals and clothing, counseling, and medical care. Call 311.

Phone and Internet Access

• Most internet providers are providing free internet access for 60 days to support families social distancing to stop the spread of the coronavirus. See a guide to free internet in English and Spanish:

• NYC public school students can get free internet access from Spectrum while schools are closed.
Call 844-488-8398 to sign up.

• Free Wifi at Link

Employment / Unemployment

• Unemployment information from the New York State Department of Labor:

• Job search tips for high school students:

• For college grads:

• Americorps Vista – do good while you take a gap year. After completion you have an advantage for federal jobs.

College and Training Resources

College Resources

• College Commitment Checklist:

• CUNY’s Twitter page is a great page for real-time updates:

• CUNY virtual campus tours:

Remote Training Opportunities

• Learn COVID-19 Contact Tracing from Johns Hopkins University. The COVID-19 crisis has created an unprecedented need for contact tracing across the country, requiring thousands of people to learn key skills quickly.

• The HOPE Program: Offering virtual information sessions will be held every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00PM. Interested candidates can join the information sessions by clicking onto this link: (Meeting ID: 511 680 500).

Alternative Pathways to College – the following programs are still accepting applications or are having virtual info sessions:

• NYPD Cadet Corps:

• NYPD Explorers:

• Brooklyn Workforce Innovations Carpentry:

• Brooklyn Workforce Innovations Low Voltage Cabling:

• Brooklyn Workforce Innovations Production Assistant:

• NPower (IT/Computers):

• Year Up: IT/Network Support, Business, Banking/Sales, Financial Operations (anti-money laundering)

• PerScholas (Technology):

• Public Allies (Leadership):

• STRIVE International
Offers programs in health and office administration and the maintenance trades (carpentry, plumbing, and electrical). Contact for virtual session dates.


• Take a deep breath! Animated breathing exercise:

• Headspace is offering free sleep, meditation, and movement exercises:

• Meditation:

• Virtual Calming Room offers a range of wonderful calming exercises and ideas:


Cultural Resources

• DYCD at Home has dance, music, art, filmmaking, and more. Check out the opportunities on their website, sign up for the activities that interest you, and text (347) 349-4361 to get updates directly to your phone:

• Intrepid museum – Free classes for K-12:

• Google Arts & Culture’s collection offering online tours and exhibits of 2500 museums:

• 12 museums offering free tours:

• Met opera free nightly streams:

• The New York Philharmonic
“NY Phil Plays On,” a new free digital portal streaming 150 hours of free performances online.

• The New York Public Library is offering a variety of resources, including more than 30,000 free titles available to download on their app SimplyE. You need to be a New York City resident with a library card which you can apply for on SimplyE.

For Younger Children

• Free coloring pages:

• Sesame Workshop’s Caring for Each Other offers a broad variety of free resources.

•, a free one-stop-shop site for education resources for K-12 students, teachers and parents. The site is updated daily with suggested schedules for several age ranges and new activities and materials vetted by Common Sense, a nonprofit known for rating education and entertainment content.

• The Children’s Museum of the Arts is offering a free online series for children of all ages:

• Taste Buds
Free online cooking classes every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00PM using basic pantry supplies you likely have in the house. The classes are for adults and kids to cook together.