Updated June 2021

Healthcare and Vaccine Resources

healthcare and vaccines

Community Resources

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):
https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-vaccines.page

• COVID-19 Vaccine Facts webpage – Includes information on common issues and questions about the vaccines:
https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-vaccine-facts.page

• Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines for Families and Educators:
https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/covid/covid-19-vaccine-youth-sites-flyer.pdf

Videos
• Doctors of the NYC Department of Health PSA on COVID-19 vaccines:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BkPoy1JNww

• Community Providers on COVID-19 vaccines:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crxUsbztLdw&list=PLz5aMT8ziHx-ZJkBjTpzXk_I8mOMZ27r3

• Pregnancy, Nursing and Fertility:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWR4_pusFeU

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 nyc.gov/covidvaccine or call 311. To find out where you or your loved ones can get vaccinated, visit nyc.gov/vaccinefinder or call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692). You can also sign up by visiting nyc.gov/homebound 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:
https://comprehensiveyouthdevelopment.org/wp-content/uploads/DOE_DOHMH-Letter-Vaccines_June-24-2021.pdf

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):
https://infohub.nyced.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/update-for-families-misc_may-18-2020.pdf

• COVID-19 Health Guidance from NYC Department of Health:
https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page

• Free healthcare for teens and families at Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center:
https://www.teenhealthcare.org/blog/nyc-resources/

• NY State free health clinics:
https://www.freeclinics.com/sta/new_york

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

Mental Health

• Mental Health Guide for High School Students
https://study.com/resources/teen-mental-health-resources

• Child and Adolescent Mental Health Emergency and Crisis Services:
https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/child-and-adolescent-mental-health-emergency-crisis.page
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
https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/

• NYS Office of Mental Health:
https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/covid-19-resources.html

• MoneyGeek – How to access and afford mental health care during COVID-19:
https://www.moneygeek.com/insurance/health/afford-access-mental-health-care/

Official Health Guidance and Information

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

• New York State Comptroller’s Office:
https://osc.state.ny.us/covid-19/financial-toolkit.htm

• New York State Dept. of Health:
https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

• World Health Organization:
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

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:
https://www.schools.nyc.gov/freemeals
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
https://maps.nyc.gov/foodhelp/

• 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:
https://www.foodbanknyc.org/covid-19/ or https://www.foodpantries.org/

• 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:
https://www.invisiblehandsdeliver.com/

• SNAP online ordering – New Yorkers can use their SNAP benefits to order online:
https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/snap-online-shopping.page

• Get Food NYC has a map feature to find food distribution locations
https://nyc-oem.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=d781ef8a46cf417dbbfaf28f3b902ac4

Rent and Housing

• Find help in NYC with food, money, housing, finances, school, work and more on ACCESS NYC.
https://access.nyc.gov/

• If you’re facing housing issues related to the coronavirus crisis, get free advice over the phone: 212-979-0611 and see this link:
https://www.metcouncilonhousing.org/program/tenants-rights-hotline/

• You can access housing court for illegal lockouts, housing code violations and repair orders:
Housing Court Answers Hotline: 212-962-4795
https://www.nycourts.gov/courts/nyc/housing/index.shtml

• 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:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kjVFeWefjnEfUrCR2yXxOvsp6_rDOfaMivUEiaBreiA/edit

• 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
https://www.link.nyc/

Employment / Unemployment

• Unemployment information from the New York State Department of Labor:
https://labor.ny.gov/unemploymentassistance.shtm

• Job search tips for high school students:
https://www.zippia.com/job-search/high-school-jobs/

• For college grads:
https://www.usajobs.gov/coronavirus

• Americorps Vista – do good while you take a gap year. After completion you have an advantage for federal jobs.
https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-vista

College and Training Resources

College Resources

• College Commitment Checklist:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dw39UP9ZrX7_Ms-xdzOZTD1cXtJZ2OfViapnmJX_7iA/edit

• CUNY’s Twitter page is a great page for real-time updates:
https://twitter.com/CUNY?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

• CUNY virtual campus tours:
http://www.cuny.edu/admissions/undergraduate/explore/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.
https://www.coursera.org/learn/covid-19-contact-tracing?edocomorp=covid-19-contact-tracing

• 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: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7188389842?pwd=V0lmWFRRL0R6Tm56QTdRUHNoMWI3QT09#success (Meeting ID: 511 680 500).
http://www.thehopeprogram.org/

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

• NYPD Cadet Corps:
http://www1.nyc.gov/site/nypd/careers/cadets/police-cadets-landing.page

• NYPD Explorers:
http://www1.nyc.gov/site/nypd/services/law-enforcement/youth-programs/explorers.page

• Brooklyn Workforce Innovations Carpentry:
https://bwiny.org/event-category/brooklyn-woods/

• Brooklyn Workforce Innovations Low Voltage Cabling:
https://bwiny.org/event-category/brooklyn-networks/

• Brooklyn Workforce Innovations Production Assistant:
https://bwiny.org/event-category/made-in-ny/

• NPower (IT/Computers):
https://www.npower.org/apply/program-application/

• Year Up: IT/Network Support, Business, Banking/Sales, Financial Operations (anti-money laundering)
https://www.yearup.org/future-students/admission-process/?location=new-york-new-jersey/

• PerScholas (Technology):
https://perscholas.org/apply

• Public Allies (Leadership):
http://apply.publicallies.org/

• STRIVE International
Offers programs in health and office administration and the maintenance trades (carpentry, plumbing, and electrical). Contact info@strive.org for virtual session dates.
https://strive.org/strive-career-path

Self-Care

• Take a deep breath! Animated breathing exercise:
https://media.giphy.com/media/Gj0ZZh1cCbPos/giphy.gif

• Headspace is offering free sleep, meditation, and movement exercises:
https://www.headspace.com/ny

• Meditation:
https://www.qcc.cuny.edu/counseling/ten-minute-mind.html

• Virtual Calming Room offers a range of wonderful calming exercises and ideas:
https://calmingroom.scusd.edu/home

Explore

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:
https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dycd/services/special_initiatives.page

• Intrepid museum – Free classes for K-12:
https://www.intrepidmuseum.org/education

• Google Arts & Culture’s collection offering online tours and exhibits of 2500 museums:
https://artsandculture.google.com

• 12 museums offering free tours:
https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

• Met opera free nightly streams:
https://www.metopera.org/

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

• 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.
https://www.nypl.org/

For Younger Children

• Free coloring pages:
https://www.catherinewillett.com/buy/coloringbook

• Sesame Workshop’s Caring for Each Other offers a broad variety of free resources.
https://www.sesamestreet.org/caring

• WideOpenSchool.org, 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.
https://wideopenschool.org/

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

• 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.
https://tastebudskitchen.com/cooking-club/