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The Latest Vaccinate VNSNY! News

September 30, 2021: Email to unvaccinated staff: One week until October 7th. Five reasons to get vaccinated. Please click here.

September 27, 2021: Email to unvaccinated staff: What happens on October 8th if you don’t get vaccinated? Please click here.

September 23, 2021 – Important Vaccine Mandate Notice from Jim Rolla, including information on employment after October 7. Please click here.

September 14, 2021 – Important Vaccine Mandate update from Jim Rolla, including information on submitting medical exemptions. Please click here.

September 1, 2021 – Urgent Notice: The New York State Department of Health Has Mandated that All Patient-Facing Home Care, Hospice and Partners in Care VNSNY Staff Must Be Vaccinated for COVID-19 by October 7.  See Partners in Care SVP Jim Rolla’s letter to unvaccinated Partners in Care Home Health Aides by clicking here.

  • To listen to the most recent vaccinate mandate conference call September 29, click here.
  • For the latest FAQs from the conference calls September 22nd, click here.
  • To listen to previous week’s vaccine mandate conference call or other FAQs, please scroll down below.

For any questions related to the Vaccine Mandate, please call 212-609-4126.

Information on how you can get the COVID-19 Vaccine. You can find New York City-run vaccination sites by clicking here. For more resources on securing a COVID-19 Vaccine appointment, please click here.

Submitting Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Information

If you were not vaccinated at VNSNY, please be sure to send us a copy of your vaccination documentation. Submit your documentation by:

  • Text to 646-618-1907
  • Mail to Partners in Care Health Services, 245 E 41st Street, Ground Floor, NY, NY 10017
  • Fax to 212-290-3184
  • Email to [email protected]

Medical Exemptions for COVID-19 Vaccination

Under the New York State mandate, medical exemptions will be granted only where you provide documentation of a contraindication, meaning you have a condition that would cause the COVID-19 vaccine to be harmful to your health. All documentation must be certified by a licensed healthcare provider (physician or nurse practitioner) and subject to review and approval by VNSNY. This documentation must be provided by September 27th in order for it to be processed in time for the October 7th deadline. To download the medical exemption request form with instructions on the process for submitting the form, please click here.

Religious Exemptions for COVID-19 Vaccination

VNSNY is also now accepting applications for religious exemptions. We will review religious exemption applications and make determinations in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. To download the religious exemption request form with instructions on where to send it, click here.

Important Information Regarding Paid Time Off for COVID-Vaccination

A law was passed that employees with paid time off when getting vaccinated against COVID-19 during their scheduled work day/shift. If you are vaccinated going forward (on or after March 13th), you are eligible to receive up to four hours of excused, paid time off from work per injection of the COVID-19 vaccine. For more information, click here.

Vaccinate VNSNY! Conference Calls

Andria Castellanos, EVP, Chief of Provider Services is hosting weekly Vaccine Mandate conference calls.

  • To listen to the most recent vaccinate mandate conference call September 29th, please click here.
  • Audio recording of the September 22nd call, click here. For Questions and Answers (#4) from September 22nd, please click here.
  • Audio recording of the September 15th call, click here.  For Questions and Answers (#3) from September 15th, click here.
  • Audio recording of the September 8th call, please click here. For Questions and Answers (#2) from September 8th, click here.
  • Audio recording of the September 1st call, please click here. For the Questions and Answers (#1) from September 1st, click here.

Facts About the COVID-19 Vaccine

Here are some myths versus facts regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine from APIC (Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology): click here.


The New York State Department of Health on the Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Get the COVID-19 Vaccine in English and Spanish, click here.

In-Home Vaccinations for Fully Homebound New York City Residents

New York City is providing in-home COVID-19 vaccinations (Johnson & Johnson) to eligible NYC residents who are fully homebound, have not already been vaccinated, and do not already have access to a vaccination program. New York City residents who believe they are eligible for an in-home vaccination can express interest by filling out an online form. Clickhere for the form. Referring Patients for In-Home Vaccination: If any of your patients have not received the COVID-19 vaccine and are interested in receiving the vaccine at home, please click here for more information. 

Staff Videos on Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

VNSNY staff are getting vaccinated! To hear their experiences before, during and after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, click here.

NYC Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Detailed information from the New York City Department of Health about COVID-19 Vaccines can be found here.

Information On Non-VNSNY Vaccination Sites

Eligible staff can schedule appointments at local vaccination centers. For locations in New York State and New York City, click here.

Quick Guide to Discussing the COVID-19 Vaccine

Click here for a Quick Guide to discussing the COVID-19 vaccine with patients, clients and members. 

1199 SEIU COVID-19 Vaccine Information

To see 1199 SEIU COVID-19 vaccine information, please click here.

More Information on COVID-19 Vaccines

For general FAQs, FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) and other important information on the COVID-19 Vaccines, click here.