Mill Neck Staff and Getting Vaccinated
Our Mill Neck Family of Organizations will be adhering to the vaccination guidelines and policies listed below following guidance from the New York State Education Department, New York State Forward, local health departments and the Federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
*ALERT (1/27/21): The Federal Government determines how much vaccine New York State receives. The Federal Government has only given New York approximately 250,000 vaccines/week for over 7 million people who are eligible – as a result supply is very limited*
Vaccines are available at pharmacies, hospitals and through local health departments statewide – please contact your provider of choice to schedule your vaccine appointment.
Additionally, there is a network of State-run sites distributing vaccine statewide – to determine eligibility and schedule appointments through April 16th at New York State-run vaccination sites only, use the Am I Eligible app.
AN APPOINTMENT IS REQUIRED. IF YOU VISIT A LOCATION WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A VACCINE.
As employer, the Mill Neck Family of Organizations is providing our staff with information about COVID-19 vaccine. There are four critical things you need to know about this vaccine They are:
- At present, Mill Neck is not mandating that any employee receive the vaccine. Each person must decide for themselves if they are getting vaccinated. People can opt out of vaccination process for variety of reasons—religious, disability, family planning, etc. Circumstances may change whereby Mill Neck might mandate vaccination, but, the exceptions noted above will always be available.
- If a person obtains vaccine, they must get two shots. One shot alone is useless.
- If a person gets shot, whether Moderna Vaccine or Pfizer vaccine, they must get two shots of the same vaccine.
- Lastly, while the vaccine’ efficacy is approximately 95%, that still leave at 5% of the population that it won’t work for. SO everyone must remember that you must continue using all the protocols that we’ve been using—masks, social distancing, hand washing, etc.
Limited amounts of COVID-19 vaccine will be available during the COVID-19 vaccination program in New York. The amount of vaccine the state receives is based upon the allocation made to New York by the Federal Government. However, the state determines who needs it most. As of January 11, 2021, New Yorkers in Phase 1a and segments of Phase 1b are eligible for the vaccines.
For Mill Neck staff, Phase 1a and segments of Phase 1b staff eligible for vaccination are:
Eligible New Yorkers in Phase 1a and 1b are:
- Residents and staff at nursing homes and other congregate care facilities
- Federally Qualified Health Center employees
- Direct Service Staff and residents at OPWDD, OMH and OASAS facilities. Administrative staff are not eligible for vaccine unless that fit into other categories of eligibility, i.e, 65 and over, etc.
- Urgent Care providers
- Home care workers
- Staff of nursing homes/skilled nursing facilities who did not receive COVID vaccination through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program
- People who work in front line essential stores—supermarkets, pharmacies, etc.
As of January 11th, 2021 includes
- Individuals Age 65 and older
- P-12 Schools
- P-12 school or school district faculty or staff (includes all teachers, substitute teachers, student teachers, school administrators, paraprofessional staff and support staff including bus drivers)
- Contractors working in a P-12 school or school district (including contracted bus drivers)
The OPWDD states ” ……. beginning January 5, 2021, staff who have routine direct contact with service recipients as part of their work in certified site-based or non-site-based day services (e.g. day habilitation, community habilitation, respite, and employment services), self- direction, or in an Article 16 clinic, are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as part of the current phase of vaccinations. This includes the following staff: clinical or direct support staff, quality assurance or investigatory staff, and/or administrative staff of those programs who have routine direct contact with or exposure to service recipients. It also includes staff of registered providers or other contract staff for any of the services described above (e.g. substitute direct care staff, contracted clinical staff, or janitorial staff at day programs).”
The Office of Nonpublic Schools (ONPS) asks schools, “We strongly encourage your staff members that are working remotely right now to please wait for further guidance on when to schedule your vaccination. This will help to ensure that New Yorkers on the front line serving fellow New Yorkers in person in our school buildings will better be able to access the vaccine.”
You can access up-to-date information about who is eligible anytime at nyc.gov/vaccinecommandcenter.
Nassau County vaccine distribution: www.nassaucounty.ny.gov/vaccine
Suffolk County phone number is 833-NYS-4-Vax or 833-697-4829. No direct website, but can type in Suffolk County Covid Vaccine, and directs you to eligibility page.
Note from Dr. Asiah Mason, CEO on 12/16/20
Completing the Attestation Form
1) Every day, before you begin work on campus, read and fill out the Health Screening Attestation form at one of three places:
a) At this address ONLINE: tinyurl.com/MillNeckStaff
b) On Mill Neck’s home page ONLINE: Millneck.org
c) QR CODE The first time you enter a building on campus, you can fill the form out on your phone. See the posted QR code at the entrance. Open your camera, put the QR code in screen (don’t take a photo), and a tab will appear. Press the tab. See the graphic to the left.
d) PAPER There will be printed forms at the front door you can fill out and give to your supervisor or Human Resources.
e) On your PHONE:
To create a shortcut on your Home Screen as an icon (app picture)
For iPhone users,
open the link / site / form
go to tinyurl.com/MillNeckStaff
then select the action button (the box with the Up arrow at the bottom of the screen)
and then select "Add to Home screen."
For Android users it's basically the same thing.
(Instead of being in Safari, you're in Chrome)
open the link / site / form
Go to: tinyurl.com/MillNeckStaff
then click the 3 dots on the top right
and then select "Add to Home screen."
Drag it where you want it on your phone screen. Rename it if you would like to.
Mill Neck will be periodically auditing the daily attestations to assure that every staff member on campus is completing the form. If you do not fill the form out, you will be cited and a note put in your file.