COVID-19 & Vaccines: What AFSCME Retirees Need to Know

With the COVID-19 coronavirus continuing to impact New York City and the U.S., AFSCME Retirees is sharing important information for older Americans about how to stay safe, healthy and informed. The coronavirus can be more dangerous to older adults [age 60 and over] and people with serious health conditions and/or weaker immune systems. The AFSCME fact sheets below, along with the other links and resources, will provide basic information about how to better protect yourself -- along with updates about the new COVID-19 vaccines.


Starting August 17 in New York City, people 12 and older will be required to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO for indoor dining, indoor fitness and indoor entertainment. This new requirement — called the Key to NYC — includes bars, fitness gyms, movie and stage theatres, museums and other indoor venues. For details and information on how to prove your vaccination status, please visit Key to NYC.


FREE COVID-19 vaccinations are now available for New Yorkers ages 12 and older. It has never been easier to get a COVID-19 vaccination in NYC. Learn about the benefits of vaccination.

  • Visit NYC VaccineFinder to find a location near you and schedule your appointment. Note: NYC is now offering COVID-19 vaccine incentives, including a $100 cash card, free sports tickets, free memberships and more.
  • Call 1-877-VAX4NYC to get assistance over the phone.
  • To request free transportation to and from a vaccination appointment for city residents 65 and older, as well as for those with disabilities who have no other way to get to a vaccination site, call 855-491-2667.
  • Check NYC walk-in vaccine centers for New Yorkers 16 and older.
  • A third vaccine dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is now available at NYC-run sites for people who are immunocompromised.
  • Booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine are now available for those over age 65 or who meet other medical criteria. Visit NYC's vaccine webpage for details.
  • Visit the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine web page to make an appointment at state vaccination sites in the New York metro area.
  • EpicenterNYC is helping New Yorkers get vaccinated. Fill out a form on their website or call 917-818-2690 for assistance. You can also visit can visit SOMOS Vaccinations to make vaccine appointments.
  • Also check -- a volunteer-led efforts to help you find a Covid-19 vaccine in and around NYC.


  • As of June 23, 2021, anyone living in NYC's five boroughs can register here to be contacted by the City to schedule an in-home vaccination.
  • Any New Yorker requesting in-home vaccination will now have the option to request their vaccine brand preference (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson)
  • Read more about NYC's plan to vaccinate home-bound New Yorkers.



CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW for Coronavirus info. from AFSCME, DC 37 and others. Also, text “COVID” to 692-692 (NYC-NYC) to receive text updates on your smartphone.