The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester is a member of the Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force, a multi-stakeholder collaborative comprised of community and faith leaders, who will work collectively to communicate the most up-to-date information on the coordination and immunization adults residents in the nine-county Finger Lakes region.
Below is information that will be updated on a regular basis and shared with the Jewish Community.
Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force
This Week’s Updates:
NYS, Federal Government Announce Plans for Rochester Vaccine Site
Governor Cuomo announced today that the site will reach “socially vulnerable communities” in Rochester starting in March. The site will be located at the Kodak Hawkeye parking lot on Avenue E, and aims to vaccinate about 1,000 people per day. Read more.
Weekly Allocation Info on Hub Website
As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure transparency in our rollout process, we’re posting weekly vaccine allocations to our region on the Finger Lakes Vaccine Hub website. The totals are categorized by provider type (i.e., hospital, federally qualified health center, local health department), and include amounts for each specific week and a cumulative allocation.
Clarification on Proof of Eligibility
There have been questions regarding if a state-issued ID is an acceptable form of proof of residence for eligible individuals getting the vaccine. The latest guidance confirms that a state or government-issued ID is one of the acceptable forms of proof. For further questions on eligibility, scroll down to the Eligibility and Scheduling section of the State’s list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Snow Patrol: Winter Storm May Impact Clinics
By now, I’m sure we’re all aware of the winter storm forecasted for our region starting tonight. This may impact some of our vaccine clinics, along with individuals’ ability to get to these clinics. We should encourage individuals in our communities to keep an eye on weather updates and, in the case of severe weather, confirm their scheduled appointments (and reschedule, if needed).
211 Now Available for COVID-19 Info
Individuals across our region can now call 211 to get COVID-19 information and clinic updates (scheduling appointments through 211 is not available at this time). When calling 211, individuals should choose the “COVID information” prompt to get connected with a staff member who can assist. The hotline is open 24/7. To avoid long wait times, please encourage individuals to call outside of normal business hours. A call-back function is also available.
Answering Questions Regarding Cost
Vaccines are free. No one has to pay for a vaccination and no one can be denied a vaccination, regardless of ability to pay. Vaccination providers may charge an administration fee for giving someone the shot, but the fee will be reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company. Uninsured patients do not have to pay any fee. No one can be denied a vaccine if they are unable to pay the vaccine administration fee. If an individual believes they are the victim of an unlawful activity, such incurring financial costs when assessing a COVID vaccine, they can report it to the NYS Attorney General.
Calling All Volunteers—We Still Need Your Help!
It’s going to take all hands on deck to continue vaccinating our communities. This will require the help and support from volunteers across our region. Although vaccine supply is low and clinic options remain limited, we need to continue building a cadre of volunteers allowing the Finger Lakes to quickly deploy volunteer teams once vaccine supplies increase. I want to thank the United Way for their on-going, critically important efforts to engage and recruit volunteers across the region for this vaccination effort. Clinical and general volunteer support is needed. Interested volunteers can sign up on the United Way’s site.
COVID-19 Resources for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Communities
The National Center for Deaf Health Research has compiled a list of COVID-19 resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. The list includes links to videos in ASL, hotline information, and additional resources and information that you can share with your communities.
Multilingual Videos Highlight the Importance of Vaccine
Georgia State University has created a set of multilingual videos explaining why it’s important to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The videos are available in 21 different languages, including Arabic, Spanish, Mandarin, Korean and more. Watch the videos on YouTube. (Note: While the videos instruct viewers to reach out to their doctors’ offices or health departments, we continue to caution that calls to heath care providers and health departments aren’t necessary at this time.)
Save the Date: NYS Fireside Chat this Friday
The next chat in the series organized by the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Taskforce will gather clinicians and community members for a discussion on the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The virtual event will feature representatives from Global Medical Affairs Moderna, Montefiore Medical Center and Jericho Road Community Health Center. Watch live this Friday, Feb. 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at ny.gov/VETF. (You can also view previous Fireside Chats by scrolling down to the “Fireside Chats Archive” on this page.)
‘Second Opinion’ Episode Examines Racial Disparities in Health
I joined my Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force co-chair Wade Norwood and “Second Opinion” host Joan Lunden to discuss racial disparities in health care, which have been spotlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As Wade stressed in the episode, “racial disparities are real, and they have to be confronted.” Watch the full episode online.
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