The COVID-19 vaccine is now widely available throughout the U.S. to all those 12 and over and it is completely free. There is also a much greater supply of available vaccines and most individuals are able to obtain appointments within a day or two or locate walk-in vaccination sites for a same day vaccine, especially in the NYC Metro Area. On June 1, 2021 LIM announced that the College WILL REQUIRE PROOF OF THE COVID-19 vaccine for all community members who plan to study, learn, teach or work physically on campus in Fall 2021, pending full FDA approval of any one or more COVID-19 vaccine(s). For more details on this vaccination requirement, visit the LIM COVID-19 Update page.
While not an exhaustive list, the below vaccination resources should enable most to find good options near you to readily obtain a free COVID-19 vaccine of your choice.
In New York State you can use the “Am I Eligible” site to confirm your eligibility and schedule a vaccine appointment near you. New York State also has a vaccination hotline you can call to assist in scheduling an appointment or in identifying walk-in sites throughout the state: 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829).
If you are getting vaccinated in New York City, you can find provider locations and schedule appointments using the NYC Vaccine Finder site or call 877-VAX-4NYC (8am-9pm). You can also use the NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation – HHC Vaccine Site, which has a Vaccination Scheduler specifically for HHC locations.
To find the latest info on NYC walk-in vaccination sites, including the current locations of NYC mobile and pop-up sites, visit the NYC Vaccine Command Center.
Outside of NY State, you can visit www.vaccines.gov or call 1-800-232-0233 to get assistance in finding the best vaccination option near you. You can also check your state or local city Department of Health site for additional info.
For answers to common Q’s about the COVID-19 vaccine please visit:
- CDC Symptom Self-Checker: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
- Apple/CDC COVID-19 Screening Tool: https://covid19.apple.com/screening
COVID-19 Testing Resources: For links to NYC, NY, CT, and NJ testing sites as well as a CDC directory of U.S. State Health Departments visit:
- LIM’s COVID-19 Updates page and select “Where Can I Get Tested for COVID-19”
Additional Tri-State information on COVID-19 and testing resources is available at:
- NYC COVID-19 Information Portal: www.nyc.gov/coronavirus
- NYC Health and Hospitals info on walk in testing at hospitals, health centers, and new pop-up locations: https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/test-and-trace/testing/
- NJ COVID-19 Information Hub: https://covid19.nj.gov/index.html
- CT COVID-19 Information Hub: www.ct.gov/coronavirus
LIM College Wellness Resources:
For Students: Personal Wellness Counseling and Accessibility Services are available through the LIM Office of Counseling & Accessibility Services
For Full-Time LIM Employees and Covered Dependent Family Members: The College’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), called EmployeeConnect, is a benefit available 24/7 through Lincoln Financial Group - providing access online and via phone to professional counseling, work-life advice, and a wide-range of legal, financial, and other referral services:
- Visit www.GuidanceResources.com (user name = LFGsupport; password = LFGsupport1)
- Or talk with a specialist at 888-628-4824 Further LIM Employee Resources: LIM Faculty and Staff can find additional employee-related COVID-19 resources within the My LIM Portal in the “COVID-19 Links” and “Human Resources” sections. Information regarding Time Off and Leave Policies for COVID-19 related quarantine or isolation periods can be found at: [See COVID-19 Related Time-Off Policies and Information for LIM College Employees.]
New York City (NYC) COVID-19 Resources:
You can find a comprehensive listing of NYC COVID-19 related resources offering support for food, employment, health insurance, housing and more at:
Mental Health Resources – Coping & Emotional Well-Being:
- NYC Well – Digital Mental Health Resources: https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/covid-19-digital-mental-health-resources/
Food Resources – NYC.gov/getFood:
- Get Food NYC Map – map of free food resources across the city
- NYC Food Delivery Assistance Program – up to 2 weeks of delivered food for those who cannot access food themselves
- AccessNYC – check your eligibility for food benefits in the SNAP (food stamps) program
NYC COVID-19 Hotel Program:
- Individuals required to quarantine or isolate who are unable do so in their own home can contact the NYC Hotel Program by calling the Health + Hospital COVID-19 hotline at 844-692-4692 and press 1 for Hotels
Rent and Housing Assistance Resources:
- AccessNYC – check your eligibility for Rent and other Housing assistance
- Utility Assistance – apply to the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
New York State (NYS) COVID-19 Resources:
Managing Stress and Anxiety: NYS has partnered with Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and meditation, to offer free meditation and mindfulness content for all New Yorkers as a mental health resource:
Emotional Support Hotline:
- Call 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling options.
NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory Info:
- NYS Quarantine Travel Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause illness which can range from mild (such as a cold) to more serious (such as pneumonia). The virus is likely to be spread from person to person, but it is currently unclear exactly how easily it spreads. A "novel coronavirus" is a strain that has not previously been found in humans.
Symptoms related to COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia and other complications, especially in infants, older individuals, and in those with underlying health conditions.
While there is still much that is unknown about this virus, we know what we can do to reduce our risk for infection:
- Wash your hands often, especially after you’ve touched someone who is sick, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- If you have cold and cough symptoms, make sure to cover your coughs and sneezes by using the crook of your arm or using disposable tissues and disposing of them in the trash.