Coronavirus Information

for Older Adults in New York

If you have questions about getting a vaccination, need help arranging a vaccination, or need free, safe transportation to a vaccination site, please contact us through our new program, CONNECT-TO-VACCINE:

  • New York City has administered millions of doses of the COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Rates of illness and hospitalization from Covid-19 are going up nationwide. 

  • Covid-19 is still out there and we have a long way to go to get everyone vaccinated.

 

All New Yorkers 5+ can get vaccinated without an appointment (5-11 year olds - Pfizer only) often without an appointment. Follow this link to find a location near you. When you register for a vaccine, please mention Bay Ridge Center in the referral section. The organization receives $100 for each referral.

​​Home Vaccination Program - Anyone can ask for a home vaccine

New York City is vaccinating City residents at home against COVID-19.

To be screened for a vaccine at home, fill out this form online or call the Vaccine Reservation Call Center, (877) 829-4692, any time, any day.

 

Or, call Bay Ridge Center's CONNECT-TO-VACCINE, 718-333-5782

for safe transportation to a walk-in location.

 
 

COVID-19 Information

 

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.

 

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 has 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

COVID-19 Testing

 

To find a nearby testing site, visit the Health & Hospitals testing sites page. At-home testing is now available to all immunocompromised New Yorkers and those ages 65+. Call for an appointment: (929) 298-9400, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm (7 days a week).

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.


Brooklyn VA Medical Center, 800 Poly Place, Brooklyn, NY 11209, (718) 836-6600

FREE AT-HOME TESTING KITS (order here)

The federal government is now offering every home in the U.S. 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 test kits. Please visit https://www.covidtests.gov/ for additional information and to place an order for test kits.

 

Notes

Don't fall for 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.

Mammograms and the Vaccine: Some imaging centers are waiting 4-6 weeks after your second shot to do mammograms after finding that the vaccine may enlarge lymph nodes temporarily, be picked up on the scan and cause alarm. Check with your imaging center before your appointment and let technicians know when you had your vaccination.

 

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More Resources, or contact Bay Ridge Center 718-748-0650

 

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.

See the Bay Ridge Cares website  or Bay Ridge residents can call their office at 718-635-0219, Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm. They also post updates on their Facebook page.

Health Insurance

Medicare coverage and the Conronavirus - information about coverage for testing, new telehealth services, and more

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.

Veterans Administration

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

Doctor's Visits

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

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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.

Covid-19 Fraud Alert and Scams

 

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.

 

Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Fraud Alert page

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.

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