for Older Adults in New York
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
People 65 and older, those with underlying medical conditions, teachers and frontline essential workers in various categories are now eligible to get the free COVID-19 vaccine (see full details here). You must make an appointment to receive the vaccine, and it can be challenging because the demand overwhelms the supply.
Vaccine basics: “COVID-19 Vaccines: What Older New Yorkers Need to Know"
Contact Bay Ridge Center, 718-748-0650,
if you need help making a vaccine appointment
A volunteer-led effort with a clear list of available
appointment locations and "sign up" button next to
each site. The volunteers who manage this site intend
to keep it updated minute-by-minute.
New York City Vaccine Finder
Search by zipcode for a list of locations, each with their own appointment processor call 1-877-829-4692
The state site shows whether appointments are available at the mass sites, including Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn - open to all Brooklyn residents now.
Finds the latest vaccine appointments from 43 city and state-run administration sites in the NYC area. There is a button link to the vaccine site if appointments are available.
Redesigned NYC site with an easier entry to search for an appointment near you.
If the “Schedule Your Vaccine” button is showing, press it and answer YES to the 2 questions to proceed or call them at 1-833-SOMOSNY (1-833-766-6769).
New York City Health & Hospitals
One form for the sites that they manage in most neighborhoods around the city
The City is launching a program to go door-to-door and bring homebound elders the 1-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. To be screened for a home vaccination, fill out this form online yourself, or fill it out on behalf of any homebound elders you know who have not been vaccinated. If you cannot use the form, call the Vaccine Reservation Call Center, (877) 829-4692, any time, any day.
Veterans: At this time, VA New York Harbor (Brooklyn) is offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to Veterans 65 years of age and older currently enrolled in VA Healthcare. Eligible Veterans must schedule an appointment by calling
1-877-877-9267. See our Bay Ridge Heroes page or this flyer for more info and other locations.
NYU Langone eligible patients may have received notice directly, or for more information go to https://i.nyulangone.org/thb.
You may also check with your pharmacy and physician, but it is not clear that most pharmacies or medical offices have the vaccine yet.
Don't fall for any vaccine scams! You should not have to pay anything for the vaccine; you will not receive a call asking for your Medicare or Social Security number to receive the vaccine. Review the warning list here.
V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker: V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Use V-safe to tell the Center for Disease Control (CDC) about any vaccine side effects. You’ll also get reminders if you need a second vaccine dose.
FREE Rides for Covid Vaccine
Free Rides to Brooklyn Sites — schedule a week in advance
The Senior Citizen Transportation Program of Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island (JCCGCI) will provide transportation for seniors in Brooklyn to get the Covid-19 Vaccine. RIGHT AFTER you schedule a vaccine appointment, call JCCGCI to schedule a ride. They will safely take you, door-to-door, to and from your appointment.
To schedule a ride with JCCGCI, call (718) 449-5000 ext. 1 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Rides to City-Operated Vaccine Sites: Residents aged 65+ unable to travel for their vaccine are eligible for free vaccine transportation services to and from City vaccination sites with Curb-powered taxi services. Call 877-VAX-4NYC to make an appointment at a City-operated vaccination site or go check NYC Vaccine Finder. After making an appointment to get vaccinated, participants will be screened and directed to Curb’s 24/7 call center to book their trips, Access-a-Ride, or ambulette services as appropriate.
COVID-19 Information Winter 2021
For the latest New York City information you can call 311, or see the NYC Department of Health website. The page is available in multiple languages:
Continue to follow these basic guidelines:
New Yorkers 65 years and older and those with underlying health conditions are advised to stop non-essential activities and avoid social activities outside the household.
Stay home if sick: Only leave for essential medical care and testing or other essential errands.
Keep physical distance: Keep a 6 ft. social distance except with your trusted family and cohabitants.
Keep your hands clean: Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
New York State Department of Health with the latest from the governor's office on steps everyone must take to control the spread of the virus. (Translates to multiple languages from a button click.)
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website, "If You Are at Higher Risk".
CDC page on Symptoms and Testing - very clear information on what to do if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 or if you feel sick; testing is ordered through your doctor.
National Council on Aging, COVID-19 Resources for Older Adults & Caregivers
The city has a webpage with information about Covid-19 testing sites, and Antibody testing if you want to know if you have had Covid-19. Below are some of the Bay Ridge area testing locations. For more locations and testing information visit this web page to search for a site by zip code. Call in advance to check about hours, appointments, and any potential costs.
CityMD Urgent Care, 8712 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209, (718) 530-1155
NYC Health + Hospitals, 8511 & 8515 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209, (844) 692-4692
Brooklyn VA Medical Center, 800 Poly Place, Brooklyn, NY 11209, (718) 836-6600
ProHealth Urgent Care of Fort Hamilton, 100-33 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209, (347) 909-7044
Carecube- 5th Ave, 7404 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209, (718) 439-5111
Don't Forget: Get Your FLU SHOT
And don't forget pneumonia vaccines too. In the current climate of COVID-19 it is more important than ever to ensure the protection of older adults and those with underlying chronic conditions against vaccine preventable diseases, such as influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia.
Contact your doctor for a vaccine or visit a nearby pharmacy. Medicare covers the cost of these vaccines.
Contact Information for Local Officials
City Council Member Justin Brannan 718-748-5200
State Senator Andrew Gounardes (718) 238-6044
Assembly Member Michael Tannousis (718) 439-8090
Assembly Member Mathylde Frontus 718-266-0267
Assembly Member Marcela Mitaynes (718) 492-6334
State Senator Diane Savino (718) 727-9406
Legal Documents & Planning Ahead
Volunteers of Legal Services remind us that it is now more important than ever to tend to matters that protect one's legal rights and health care decisions. VOLS offers pro bono services to low income adults age 60+. See the information about their services for seniors on this webpage, or download their informational flyer.
Bay Ridge Cares Volunteers
To get through this difficult time, Bay Ridge Cares takes calls from area residents in need of assistance, along with partners at the offices of Councilman Justin Brannan, Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus, and State Senator Andrew Gounardes. They arrange for volunteers, who travel all over South Brooklyn, to help with food shopping, necessary errands, food pantry, pet walking, wellness check or friendly phone call.
Health insurance options for everyone lists a whole range of options for finding health care, whether for seniors, children, families; help with Medicaid or Medicare; pharmacy plans, and more. For New York State Affordable Care Act information and assistance, visit nyc.gov/GetCoveredNYC or call 311 for phone help in NYC.
VA Video Connect connects Veterans with their health care team from anywhere
Video information from Veterans Health Administration Executive in Charge Dr. Richard Stone: VA is here for Veterans during COVID-19
Call your doctor's office if you have a health concern and feel you need an appointment. Don't put off check-ups for ongoing health concerns. See this page for information about Medicare and Telehealth visits.
Coping with stress
NYC Well offers free, confidential mental health support. Speak to a counselor via phone, text, or chat and get access to mental health and substance use services, in more than 200 languages, anytime, any day.
"Coping With Stress and Social Distancing During the Coronavirus(COVID-19)Outbreak" (NYC Health), - English
Cómo hacerle frente al estrés durante los brotes de enfermedades infecciosas
HRA Benefits Applications Online
All in-person appointments to apply for SNAP, Cash Assistance, Medicaid, Fair Fare NYC have been cancelled. You can do everything through Access HRA online.
Fraud Alert and Scams Related to the Virus
Vaccine fraud alert: https://acl.gov/news-and-events/announcements/fraud-alert-covid-19-scams
New York Attorney General Letitia James Warnings about Consumer Scams and how to file complaints.
"Watch Out! Scammers Are Using the Coronavirus to Steal Your Information," a helps Reader's Digest article.
If you are having trouble paying bills, utilities have been ordered to not shut off service for gas, water, or electricity during this time, and internet services will not be cut off either. ConEd is also warning about scams: Beware of anyone visiting, emailing, or calling about outstanding bills or disconnecting service. You are not going to lose your power even if you can’t pay your bill now. See the website for more info.
Brooklyn Community Pride Center
With the Center closed and the need to stay home, BCPC is offering virtual services/programs every day to support the LGBTQ+ community. See the online calendar for the most up-to-date offerings.
Johnson & Johnson 1-dose vaccine is arriving in NYC. If you want a particular vaccine, note that the NYC Vaccine Finder shows which vaccine is used at each site. Read NY State info on the J & J vaccine.
Online Activities and Entertainment for Fun, Enjoyment, Learning
See our page of ideas resources. We'll keep adding ideas and links.