For NYC, Westchester county, and Long Island residents, use one of these three resources to schedule a vaccine appointment:
Vaccine Together NY
NYC Vaccine List
Am I Eligible? App
For all New York State residents, use the Am I Eligible? App.
The vaccine can help protect you, your patient, your family, and your community.
If you receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, the vaccine comes in 2 shots. Make sure you schedule a follow-up appointment to get the second shot several weeks after the first shot. If you receive the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine, you just need 1 shot.
You can now receive a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine if you have certain serious medical conditions or receive treatments that weaken your immune system.
To find out if you’re eligible and to schedule an appointment, click here. You do not need to get your third dose at the same site where you got your first two doses.
If you already had COVID-19, it is still recommended that you get the vaccine.
In certain cases, yes. Up-to-date guidance from the CDC can be found here. Individual establishments may have their own guidelines.
Yes. If your patient is physically unable to travel to a vaccination clinic, they can receive an in-home vaccination through the In-Home Vaccination program.
If you’re a New York City resident, register here to be contacted by the City about the program.
If you’re a New York state resident, you can find your county contact for the program here.
To learn about the symptoms of COVID-19, how to stay safe, and what to do if you get sick, visit the CDC’s COVID-19 info page here.
To learn about caring for someone who is sick at home or in a non-healthcare setting during the COVID-19 pandemic, please see the CDC’s guidance here.
To learn about proper face coverings for helping to stop the spread of COVID-19, click here.
Feeling sick and need to speak with a doctor? Just tap on the Speak To a Doctor Now button on the home screen of the FreedomCare app to talk with a medical professional for free 24/7. If you don’t have the app, click here to speak with a doctor.
Feeling down or stressed? If you would like a listening ear or emotional support, you can call a licensed therapist at 1-(800)-433-2320, or text a therapist at (503)-980-1777. This is a free service for FreedomCare caregivers and anyone who lives with you.
Click here to read FreedomCare’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guide for Caregivers and Patients.
The NYC Department of Education is giving out three free meals a day to any New Yorkers who need them. Meal Hubs are open from 9 am to 1 pm, Monday through Friday. Vegetarian and Halal meals are also available. No one will be turned away, and no registration or ID is required. Click here to find your closest location.
NYC will provide food deliveries and emergency meals if you are having trouble getting food. Click here for a list of emergency food distribution options. Click here to apply for emergency food delivery assistance.
Invisible Hands is a group of volunteers, who work to bring groceries and supplies to those in NYC who are at high risk of developing COVID-19 symptoms. For more info and to sign up for grocery delivery, click here.
The FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit is designed to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service and a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. To find out if you’re eligible, click here or call (833)-511-0311.
New York State is offering an Emotional Support Helpline to aid with anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, and grief. It is free and confidential. Call 1-844-863-9314 from 8:00 am - 10:00 pm, 7 days a week.
Headspace is offering free meditations for New Yorkers. All meditation exercises and mindfulness resources are science-backed and designed to help reduce stress and negative emotions during this trying time. Learn more here.
Connect with NYC’s dementia experts 24/7/365 in 200 languages. Specialists can provide you with the most up-to-date information, education, and support.
Call their 24-hour Helpline: (646)-744-2900
If you need support, you can connect with a live person at Autism Speaks from 9 am - 5 pm. Call 1-(888)-288-4762.
Cancer Information Specialists are available 24/7 to answer your questions about:
Specific cancers and coping with cancer
Treatment options and side effects
Medicines and pain control
Prevention and screening
The ACS can also refer you to local and national resources including:
Wigs and prostheses
To learn more, click here or call (800)-227-2345.
National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7/365 treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for people and families facing mental or substance use disorders. SAMHSA provides referrals to local treatment centers, support groups, and community organizations. Call 1-(800)-662-4357 (4357).
ELAP provides rent financial assistance. You are eligible if you
Click here to find a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved housing counselor in your area. Housing counselors can give advice on renting, defaults, forbearances, foreclosures, and credit issues.
New York City
Access HRA offers one-time financial assistance to help with rent, utilities, medical bills, and more. The program requires paying money back, which can be done with a payment plan.
To access services, click here or call (718)-557-1399.
NYC 311 connects people to resources for rent and utility assistance, emergency shelter, cash assistance, food, child support services, disability access, and more. 311 serves the following counties: Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, and Richmond.
Click here, call 311, or call (212)-639-9675 to get connected.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Long Island has an Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) that offers rent financial assistance when funds are available. The program serves Nassau and Suffolk counties. To learn more, call (516)-822-3132 or email email@example.com.
To apply, click here.
Long Island 211 connects people to resources for rent and utility assistance, emergency shelter, food, disability services, health care, transportation, mental health/substance abuse, and more. 211 serves Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Click here, call 211, or call (888)-774-7633 to get connected.
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is the new name for Food Stamps.
To find out if you or your patient is eligible for SNAP benefits, click here. Then click on Eligibility.
To apply for SNAP benefits, click here
If you’re on SNAP, Health Bucks is a seasonal program that lets you earn $2 coupons for every $5 spent on your EBT cards at farmer's markets. Learn more here.
You may be able to get free food from your local food pantry and hot meals from local community kitchens. For more information, call (866)-888-8777.
If you live in Suffolk county, click here to submit a request and schedule an appointment with SILO’s food pantry.
DYCD contracts with community-based organizations to provide services and support to people living in NYC. Learn more here.
The New York Public Library helps NYC’s most recent immigrants find their way in the city through ESOL classes, legal assistance, and financial counseling. For more information, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HEAP is a program that helps low-income homeowners and renters pay for heating and cooling utility bills. Heating and cooling assistance is available until 8/31/21 or until funds run out. You are eligible if
If you live in New York City, call (212)-331-3126 to learn more. You can apply for the program here.
If you live in New York state, you can find your local district’s HEAP contact information here, or click here to learn more.
If you live in Nassau county, the Empower. Assist. Care. (EAC) Network can help you access the following programs:
To learn more, click here. To apply, call (516) 539-0150 or (516)-546-6121.
Lifeline helps low-income consumers find affordable communication services. Subscribers receive a discount on monthly telephone services, broadband internet access, and voice-broadband bundled services, which are purchased from participating providers. To find out more, click here.
Eligible caregivers and patients can receive a free Smartphone or SIM Card with free minutes, texts, and data through SafeLink Wireless. You must be enrolled in Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, Section 8, HEAP, TANF or another NYS assistance program to qualify. To find out more, click here.
For a list of resources that offer low-cost internet to seniors, click here.
LiveOn NY can help you figure out which benefits you qualify for and help you complete any applications for benefits. This program is only for older New Yorkers living in NYC. For more information, click here or call (212)-398-5045.
The NY Connects Friendship Line is a 24-hour, toll-free crisis line for disabled adults and people ages 60 and older. If you’re feeling lonely, depressed, or isolated, call 1-(800)-971-0016 to get connected to a Friendship Line volunteer.
For helpful guidance on how to prevent elderly loved ones from falling and information about fall risks, click here.
Contact your patient’s Health Insurance Case Manager for more information on Life Alert fall bracelets and transportation services.