The Advance Warning System (AWS) disseminates information to people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs through their service providers. Please share the important information below with your clients and other agencies or individuals to empower them to make informed decisions.

In 2021, it is up to all of us to ensure the City recovers from COVID-19 stronger and fairer than before. The vaccine is an important tool to protect New Yorkers from the COVID-19 virus and finally bring about an end to this pandemic in our City. Vaccines are safe and the COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be safe as well. We are committed to ensuring that all New Yorkers can access these free, safe, and easy vaccines.  

Right now, while there is limited supply of the vaccine, distribution is being phased based on risk categories established by the federal and state guidance. Starting today, the Governor announced that individuals aged 65 and older, certain workers, and people with certain underlying conditions are eligible to get the vaccine. Please continue to check the State's website for the full list of eligible groups.

Eligible New Yorkers can find locations near them and make appointments online at or by calling 877-VAX4NYC for assistance in multiple languages. Because the supply of vaccine is very limited and will fluctuate daily, appointments will be given based on availability. Additional sites are coming online every day, and we encourage all to check the website regularly or call the City's hotline.

Remember, with rising cases and hospitalizations, we must also remain vigilant and continue practicing the strategies we know work to stop the spread of COVID-19:  

  • Stay home, especially if you are sick or recently tested positive for COVID-19, were exposed to someone with COVID-19, or traveled.
  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer often
  • Wear a face covering whenever you’re not at home (indoors and outdoors) 
  • Remain six feet apart from others
  • Get tested

And don't forget to spread the word!  

Thank you for your partnership in helping us stop COVID-19 in its tracks! 

The Advance Warning System (AWS) alerts organizations who work with people with disabilities and access and functional needs to various types of hazards and emergencies in New York City that may affect people's independence and daily lives. Participating organizations receive public preparedness and emergency information that they can relay to their clients and other similar agencies. If you work for an organization that serves people with disabilities or access and functional needs you can subscribe for AWS Alerts at the following link:

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January 13, 2021