As of April 19, 2021, the COVID-19 vaccine is now available throughout the U.S. to all those 16 and over and it is completely free. There is also a much greater supply of available vaccines and most folks are able to obtain appointments within a few day or locate walk-in vaccination sites, especially in NYC Metro Area. LIM strongly recommends that all College members get vaccinated as the most effective way to prevent the spread of the virus in our community and help keep everyone as safe as possible.
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: 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 DOHMH Vaccine Finder site, try the community-built vaccine locator site TurboVax, 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.
PLEASE NOTE, WHILE MOST VACCINES ARE STILL GIVEN BY APPOINTMENT, THERE ARE SOME NYC-RUN SITES THAT ARE OFFERING WALK-UP VACCINATIONS: visit the NYC Vaccine Command Center for more info.
LIM has also heard from a nearby hospital: Mount Sinai West (MSW) Hospital (1000 10th Avenue – between 58th & 59th Streets) that they are happy to assist with appointments for LIM students & staff as follows:
- Mount Sinai West receives COVID Vaccine’s weekly and is able to schedule appointments when they are in receipt of the vaccine. They created an online form to make it easier for patients to sign up for their Vaccine waitlist and to answer some questions they may have. They work their waitlist weekly when vaccine is delivered and reach out by phone calls and emails to register patients for appointments.
- LINK to Mount Sinai West (MSW) Appointment Request Form:
- Which vaccine is it?
- We will have the Pfizer vaccine available, it is a 2 dose vaccine.
- What will you need to bring to your appointment?
- For members of the community who are over 30: please bring proof of DOB and NYS residency (driver’s license, lease, utility bill, etc.)
- For members of the community who qualify for comorbidity: please bring both proof of residency in NYS and verification of condition (doctor’s note, medical record, etc.).
- Is there a charge?
- The vaccine is free of charge.
- Where will the vaccine appointments be?
- Mount Sinai West Hospital, 1000 10th Avenue (between 58th & 59th Streets), 2nd floor conference room 2B.
- Can we sign up friends or family who are eligible?
- Yes, feel free to share this link with others who are eligible given the current NYS eligibility criteria and we will contact them as we have availability.
- How long will it take from when staff sign up to getting an appointment?
- It’s hard to tell and very much depends on our vaccine inventory. It could be the very next day, same week, or a few weeks out. We will do our best to accommodate as many eligible members of the community as we can in a timely fashion.
HERE ARE SOME TIPS WE SUGGEST TO HELP YOU IN GETTING AN APPOINTMENT:
- Getting an appointment near you may take some persistence. Don’t give up after the 1st try if you don’t find an appointment that meets your location and dates.
- In Visiting the Above Sites, if you see that there are “No Appointments Available” that may not always reflect the most up-to-date info. We recommend clicking on the “Get Started” or “Make Appointment” buttons to get a real-time idea of what is actually available. Many people have found success in doing so. You can also check back at different times of the day.
- If you still are not having success, we recommend that you utilize the above vaccination hotline phone numbers to assist in securing an appointment.
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 Returning to Campus: Health & Safety 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.