COVID-19 Resources

As of January 4, 2021, eligible New Yorkers can get the COVID-19 vaccine at sites located throughout the city. Visit the Vaccine Command Center for latest updates and information: Vaccine Command Center - Coronavirus (nyc.gov)

Learn more about the vaccine and get answers to your questions, by reading: COVID-19 Vaccines - What Older New Yorkers Need to Know

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For information on COVID-19 testing, including locations of free testing sites, visit: Test & Trace Corps | NYC Health + Hospitals (nychealthandhospitals.org)

Get the Services You Need During the COVID-19 Crisis

During this difficult time, the City of New York wants to make sure you have access to free services and support. A list of available resources is below.

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In addition, the City Department of Health has available resources listed by neighborhood. Click here for a list of COVID-19 Resources by Neighborhood.


Free help for aging New Yorkers:

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Food Assistance

If you cannot go out to get food, no one can bring you food, and you are not able to use private delivery options, New York City will deliver emergency meals to you in the coming days.


Health and Safety

Mental health support: During the COVID-19, outbreak, it’s common to feel stressed, overwhelmed, sad, anxious or afraid.

Safety in your home: If you do not feel safe at home, or if you feel pressured, bullied or scared by anyone, call:

  • The NYC Department for the Aging’s Resource Center at 1-212-442-3103 between 9:00am and 5:00pm
  • NYC’s 24-hour hotline operated by Safe Horizon: 1-800-621-4673 at all other times
  • If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911

Medication Delivery: As one option for getting home delivery of prescription medications, you can contact a pharmacy called Capsule, which offers free, same day delivery, 7 days a week. If you choose to call them, Capsule, not the City, will be responsible for these prescription delivery needs moving forward. Capsule is offering free home delivery of prescription medication, but you would be responsible for the costs of the medication not covered by your insurance, just as you would be with any other pharmacy. Capsule can be reached at (646) 362-3092.

Telemedicine: During COVID-19, telemedicine has become a popular way for older adults to access healthcare services safely from home. If your healthcare does not offer telemedicine services, you can still access telemedicine services through Medicare Part B or other options, listed below.

If you have Medicare Part B, you can contact Rejuvenan, which offers phone and online doctor visits 24/7 through their Telehealth for New Yorkers Program. If you choose to contact them, Rejuvenan, not the City, will be responsible for meeting your medical needs going forward, just like any other doctor’s office you would walk into instead. Rejuvenan can be reached at 800-457-1559 or at www.gethealthy.nyc.

If you do not have Medicare Part B, you can contact CareClix, which offers chat assistance to access your situation and needs, and schedule a meeting with a doctor. They will chat with you, access your situation and needs, and schedule a meeting with a doctor. If you choose to call them, CareClix, not the City, will be responsible for meeting your medical services they provide. If CareClix cannot bill Medicare or your insurance, you will be responsible for the cost of the medical services not covered by your insurance. CareClix can be reached at 833-640-3794 or at www.careclix.com.

To find out more about available telemedicine resources, contact Aging Connect at 212-244-6469.

Medical Supplies: As one option for getting home delivery of medical supplies (such as canes, rollators / walkers, catheters, adult diapers/briefs, wound care supplies, CPAP and other respiratory supplies, etc.), you can contact an organization called Tomorrow Health. Tomorrow Health is offering free home delivery of medical supplies, but you would be responsible for the costs of the medical supplies not covered by your insurance. If you choose to call them, Tomorrow Health, not the City, will be responsible for these medical supply needs moving forward. You can call them at 844-402-4344.

Help with Medicare: Confused about which plan is right for you? The Health Insurance Information, Counseling, and Assistance Program can provide free support.

Stay connected: During this difficult time, volunteers are available to call and check-in on you. If you are interested in this service:

  • Call Aging Connect at 212-244-6469 for more information

Finances and Consumer Protection

Economic Impact Payment (Stimulus Payment): Most seniors and retirees, as well as other recipients of federal benefits, will get an automatic payment of $1,200.

Free Tax Prep: Get help filing your taxes for free from the safety of your home. Services include virtual tax preparation by an IRS certified VITA/TCE volunteer preparer and assisted self-preparation online.

The income tax filing deadline was postponed to July 15, 2020; however, if you are eligible for a stimulus payment but will not get it automatically, then you must file your taxes to get your stimulus payment.

Free financial counseling by phone: Worried about money? You’re not alone. You can book an appointment for free confidential financial counseling over the phone. A counselor can help you open a bank account so you can set up direct deposit; manage sudden changes to your household budget or income; contact creditors, and more.

Avoid scams: Consumer Protection Tips for Older Adults provides tips about common frauds and financial issues and where to turn for help.


Benefits Enrollment

If you would like to better understand and get help enrolling in the benefit programs that you are eligible for, including SNAP (previously known as food stamps), Cash Assistance, HEAP, IDNYC, and more, you can get help through our trusted City partner, Benefits Data Trust. Visit nyc.gov/accesshra or call 718-557-1399 to learn more.

You can now apply to receive benefits while staying home.


Additional Support for Aging New Yorkers

All eviction proceedings in New York City are suspended indefinitely. Your landlord cannot evict you, kick you out, or ask you to leave your apartment for having COVID-19 or for being under home-quarantine. You will still need to pay rent during quarantine or any time in a medical facility.

Utilities cannot be shut off for missing payments during the COVID-19 crisis. If you have received an electric, gas, or heating disconnect notice, you can apply for emergency financial help.

Low-income New York City residents may be eligible for up to $900 in financial assistance to cover funeral expenses for a deceased low-income New York City resident family member or friend.


COVID-19: Prevention

The best way to protect yourself and those around you from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. If you are vaccinated, you may not need to follow all of the guidance below to stay safe. Learn more about the benefits of vaccination.

If you are not vaccinated, do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in NYC by taking a few steps every day. Most importantly, wear a mask in all public settings, outdoors and indoors. This is especially important with the spread of the delta variant, which is much more contagious and may be more likely to lead to severe COVID-19 illness.

Remember, people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 need all of us to help keep them safe, even after they are vaccinated.

Prevention Tips

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Wear a Mask

Everyone should wear a mask in certain settings, including those who are vaccinated and those who have had COVID-19. A mask protects people around you in case you are infected but do not know it. A mask can also help protect you from infection.

People who are not fully vaccinated must wear a mask in all public settings, indoors and outdoors.

People who are fully vaccinated are urged to wear masks in all public indoor settings, as well as in any setting when they do not know the vaccination status of those around them.

At this time, everyone should consider wearing two masks or a higher-grade mask, such as a KN95 or KF94. Using a cloth mask over a disposable mask improves the fit and adds layers.

Masks are required for everyone in public transit, health care settings, schools and congregate settings, such as nursing homes and homeless shelters.

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Get Tested

New Yorkers should get tested for COVID-19 if they have symptoms or were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19. People who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should get tested more often.

Learn more about testing in NYC, including where to find a free test near you.

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Stay Home If Sick or Recently Exposed

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or were recently exposed to someone who tested positive, stay home. Only leave for a COVID-19 test, essential medical care or other essential errands.

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Keep Physical Distance

If you are not vaccinated, stay at least 6 feet away from other people in all public settings.

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Avoid Travel

Travel is safer for vaccinated people, but unvaccinated people should avoid it when possible. If you do travel, take the recommended precautions.

You are not required to quarantine after travel, but it is still recommended for travelers who are not fully vaccinated. All travelers should follow CDC travel requirements.