Messages from the Center
There is an enormous amount of information on COVID-19 being shared from multiple agencies and organizations on an ongoing basis. This page was created to serve as a repository for current resources for school leaders and staff. It is updated continuously.
Questions related to the NYSDOH Guidance Document should be directed to your local health department.
Guidance and Resources On COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Distribution Is Located Below
Questions regarding quarantine and/or retesting of symptomatic individuals who have already tested positive for COVID should be directed to the local or state department of health.
Trending Information and Updates
01/21/21 | Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Official Website (Updated Daily)
01/21/21 | NYSDOH - What You Need to Know- Includes Update on Vaccine Distribution (Updated Daily)
01/15/21 | Guidance for NYS COVID-19 Vaccination Program Effective 1/15/21
01/08/21 | Governor Cuomo Updates Information On Vaccination For Group 1b (includes education staff)
Testing and Data Resources
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
CDC and FDA Vaccine Safety and Post Vaccine Management
Immunization Action Ccoaltion COVID-19 Resource Page
NYSDOH COVID-19 Vaccine Web Pages and Vaccine Tracker
NYS is currently in Phase 1a and initial groups from Phase 1b of COVID-19 vaccine distribution. School nurses; and school medical directors who are are providing direct care (such as physical exams and in-person assessments) are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as part of the 1a distribution groups. Teachers and educators are in group 1b.Appointments are REQUIRED to be vaccinated. Note that due to limited supply of the COVID vaccine from the federal government, it could take up to 14 weeks for eligible New Yorkers to schedule their vaccine shot. Click here to learn more.NYSDOH Health Commerce System (HCS) Account Memos: Memos regarding COVID-19 vaccine administration were released by NYSDOH on 1/11/21 through the HCS. They cover details on vaccine administration, information regarding what is needed for proof of occupation/eligibility to receive the vaccine and guidance for the administration of the second dose to providers administering the vaccine. Log in to your HCS account to read these memos in full.
Please contact your local health department, NYSDOH, or the Governor's Office with any questions or concerns regarding the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.
The Governor’s office can be contacted through his website form at https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form or call 1-518-474-8390 from 9 am to 5 pm daily. The NYSDOH may be contacted at COVID19Vaccine@health.ny.gov You can also contact your local health department regarding your eligibility.
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