HEALTH and COVID-19 UPDATE
COVID TESTING SITES AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY for NYC EMPLOYEES
ORDER FREE HOME COVID-19 TEST KITS
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order four free at-home antigen (not PCR) COVID-19 tests. Results are given within 30 minutes (no lab drop off required). You can order your free at-home COVID-19 test kits here or call 1-800-232-0233. Orders ship via USPS. The phone line is open from 8 a.m. to midnight ET, seven days a week, and offers assistance in more than 150 languages.
When you purchase over the counter (OTC) COVID-19 at-home test kits, your health insurance plan will reimburse up to eight tests per month for each person on the plan.
FREE N95 MASKS
To stem the spread of COVID-19 in the United States, the Biden Administration will distribute 400 million N95 face masks from the Strategic National Stockpile. The N95 masks are available for free at local pharmacies and health care centers starting in February. Three masks per person.
COVID-19 VACCINE MANDATE HOTLINE
To answer any outstanding questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine mandate agreement between DC 37 and the City, DC 37 has established a COVID-19 vaccine mandate hotline. Members can call this dedicated phone line to speak to a representative for assistance. The DC 37 vaccine mandate hotline at 212-815-1100 is available Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM. Find the terms of the agreement here.
COVID-19 VACCINE, BOOSTER, and FLU SHOT
Do you need the COVID vaccine, the flu vaccine, or the COVID-19 booster? DC 37 urges members to get immunized. Children age five and up can get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. City workers can use up to four hours of excused leave to travel to get themselves or their child(ren) immunized (Excused leave does not apply to COVID-19 testing for City employees.). The employee should give their supervisor three days’ notice. For more details, please speak to a union representative. Hundreds of sites across the city offer appointments or walk-up vaccines at no cost. Help end the pandemic. Get vaccinated.
IN-HOME COVID-19 VACCINATIONS
COVID-19 VACCINATION RECORD CARD OR NEED VERIFICATION
COVID-19 WORKERS’ COMP and SHORT-TERM DISABILITY BENEFITS
DC 37 urges members who believe they have contracted coronavirus in the line of duty to apply for New York State Workers’ Compensation. For a list of Workers’ Comp lawyers click here: https://bit.ly/3f1wK8z. Additionally, DC 37 Health & Security short-term disability benefits may be available for members who have filed Workers’ Comp claims. For more information click here: http://bit.ly/3ptCdt0
FEMA COVID-19 BURIAL RELIEF
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) burial relief program is accepting applications. The maximum amount of financial aid available is $9,000 per funeral up to $35,500 per application with multiple COVID-19 decedents. FEMA federal funeral assistance can be used to help with expenses for funeral services, interment or cremation for COVID-19 deaths, that occurred on or after January 20, 2020. Call the FEMA hotline: 844.684.6333 (TTY: 800.462.7585), 8 AM to 8 PM Central Time (7 AM to 7 PM EST), Monday through Friday. For additional burial assistance programs, please visit: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/