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skiLB

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As we look back now, it was just about one year ago in Mid March, that ALL 50 states would report confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, aka Covid-19. It was March, 2020, a year that NONE of us will EVER forget.

As of this date, March 7, 2021 there have been over 29 million cases and over 540,000 deaths here in the USA. More deaths than in WWII, the Viet Nam War and the Iraq War put together.

Our lives would be completely changed in a few short weeks.

When this first happened we thought, Wow isn't this crazy. But we never thought things like this would happen:

1) Many families and friends would face the loss of their loved ones.
2) Our hospitals would be full and sometimes Covid patients would need to be transported to other facilities.
3) Visitors to hospitals and nursing homes would NOT be allowed to visit their friends or family members.
4) Thousands of people would loose their jobs, as places of public assembly would close down such as restaurants, theaters, bars, gyms, sports arenas, etc.
5) Even our schools would close down and for the first time ever, students would attend their classes at home using online learning.
6) Planned Vacations and travel would be cancelled or put on hold
7) Many office workers would now work from their home. Even TV News and weather personal would broadcast from their homes.
8) Families and friends who would normally visit each other were now told to stay away from each other.
9) People who had to go to work for our daily survival became known as our Frontline Workers. Not only police officers, firefighters, doctors, nurses, medics/emts utility workers, bus and transit workers, public works, but even truck drivers, delivery personnel, food and grocery service employees. All putting themselves at risk to serve us.
10) For a time it was difficult to even get toilet paper. But sales of mask and hand sanitizers skyrocketed.
11) The 1,000 bed U.S. Navy Medical Ship called "The Comfort" would be docked in NYC to treat Covid patients. While the U.S. Navy Ship "The Mercy" would dock in Los Angeles.
12) Even annual parades had no viewers along the parade sidelines
13) Military-style field hospitals would be set up throughout various parts of the country
14) Covid testing sites would also be set up throughout our country.

Dr Fauci would become a common household name. He would advise us to wash our hands frequently, keep our distance and wear a mask. Suddenly it wasn't only the bank robbers who were wearing a mask.

These days about 18 % of the population here in the U.S. has had at least One Covid shot. While about 9.5 % have had BOTH.

The year 2020 will be remembered as the year we all want to FORGET.
Couldnt have said it better brother.
 

8060rock

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FAMILY MEMBERS CAN CALL FDNY FOR 'TRUMP VACCINE' APPT.


FAMILY MEMBERS - EFFECTIVE THIS FRIDAY, CAN CALL FDNY FOR AN APPOINTMENT TO BE VACCINATED.
    • FAMILY MEMBERS QUALIFY IF AGE 60 OR OLDER. IF UNDER AGE 60, THEY MUST BE EITHER ESSENTIAL WORKERS OR HAVE A NY STATE ELIGIBLE MEDICAL CONDITION (ex. respiratory, cardiac, hypertension, diabetes, stroke, neuro, autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, kidney or liver disease, obesity, or cancer).
    • Family members call 718-999-7000 from 8am to 7pm Seven days a week except Wednesdays 10am to 7pm.
    • Appointment availability is based on vaccine supply.

  • FAMILIES, ACTIVES & RETIREES GET VACCINATED AND YOU NO LONGER NEED TO QUARANTINE OR BE TESTED AFTER EXPOSURE OR DOMESTIC TRAVEL.
    FDNY members (uniformed, civilian, active and retired) can still make appointments. Eligibility is the same rules as listed above for family members.
    You can be vaccinated even if you declined in the past or had COVID-19 illness in the past.
    FDNY has vaccinated over 55,000 people (FDNY and non-FDNY) without any serious side effects.

    Appointment available at 3 POD locations for Moderna Vaccine.​
    • FDNY Headquarters, 9 Metrotech Center
    • EMS Academy, Fort Totten
    • Fire Academy, Randall’s Island

  • Actives, Retirees and Family members now use the same method to make appointments - phone only at our new number 718-999-7000 from 8am to 7pm, seven days a week except Wednesdays 10am to 7pm.
  • Please note that all appointments are dependent on vaccine shipments meeting demand. Getting vaccinated is critical to protecting yourself, your loved ones, our FDNY family, and those we serve. This vaccine is 94% effective in preventing the COVID-19 infection after both doses. Even if you have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies, you still need the vaccine to prevent re-infection. You can find more information here about the COVID-19 vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
    You can find more information here about the COVID-19 vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).​
 

skiLB

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FAMILY MEMBERS CAN CALL FDNY FOR 'TRUMP VACCINE' APPT.



    • FAMILY MEMBERS QUALIFY IF AGE 60 OR OLDER. IF UNDER AGE 60, THEY MUST BE EITHER ESSENTIAL WORKERS OR HAVE A NY STATE ELIGIBLE MEDICAL CONDITION (ex. respiratory, cardiac, hypertension, diabetes, stroke, neuro, autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, kidney or liver disease, obesity, or cancer).
    • Family members call 718-999-7000 from 8am to 7pm Seven days a week except Wednesdays 10am to 7pm.
    • Appointment availability is based on vaccine supply.

  • FAMILIES, ACTIVES & RETIREES GET VACCINATED AND YOU NO LONGER NEED TO QUARANTINE OR BE TESTED AFTER EXPOSURE OR DOMESTIC TRAVEL.
    FDNY members (uniformed, civilian, active and retired) can still make appointments. Eligibility is the same rules as listed above for family members.
    You can be vaccinated even if you declined in the past or had COVID-19 illness in the past.
    FDNY has vaccinated over 55,000 people (FDNY and non-FDNY) without any serious side effects.

    Appointment available at 3 POD locations for Moderna Vaccine.​
    • FDNY Headquarters, 9 Metrotech Center
    • EMS Academy, Fort Totten
    • Fire Academy, Randall’s Island

  • Actives, Retirees and Family members now use the same method to make appointments - phone only at our new number 718-999-7000 from 8am to 7pm, seven days a week except Wednesdays 10am to 7pm.
  • Please note that all appointments are dependent on vaccine shipments meeting demand. Getting vaccinated is critical to protecting yourself, your loved ones, our FDNY family, and those we serve. This vaccine is 94% effective in preventing the COVID-19 infection after both doses. Even if you have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies, you still need the vaccine to prevent re-infection. You can find more information here about the COVID-19 vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
    You can find more information here about the COVID-19 vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).​
Great info.
 

nfd2004

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In reply # 42 posted by Dan K., "8060rock", one thing mentioned in that reply is:

"FDNY has vaccinated over 55,000 people, FDNY and non-FDNY without any serious side effects". I must admit, I was one willing to hold off until more individuals had received their shots.

But I think the fact that several of my friends, including FDNY members, DID get those shots with little side effects, led me to go get mine. I was also advised by a close relative who is a nursing supervisor at a major Ct hospitals Intensive Care Unit, that I should get it as well.

So, when the door opened for me to get it, I had to walk in. I am now scheduled for my second shot and actually looking forward to getting it done.

I hope after one year of this nightmare, we will be able to get back to the life as we all once knew it.

Once again, THANK YOU to so many frontline workers who were there when we needed them most. They certainly put themselves at risk for all of us. Many of which we just took for granted.
 

skiLB

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In reply # 42 posted by Dan K., "8060rock", one thing mentioned in that reply is:

"FDNY has vaccinated over 55,000 people, FDNY and non-FDNY without any serious side effects". I must admit, I was one willing to hold off until more individuals had received their shots.

But I think the fact that several of my friends, including FDNY members, DID get those shots with little side effects, led me to go get mine. I was also advised by a close relative who is a nursing supervisor at a major Ct hospitals Intensive Care Unit, that I should get it as well.

So, when the door opened for me to get it, I had to walk in. I am now scheduled for my second shot and actually looking forward to getting it done.

I hope after one year of this nightmare, we will be able to get back to the life as we all once knew it.

Once again, THANK YOU to so many frontline workers who were there when we needed them most. They certainly put themselves at risk for all of us. Many of which we just took for granted.
 

skiLB

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Hopefully back to normal quicker.....well said we all sure do. Fingers crossed!
 

nfd2004

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Saturday morning, March 13th, I was able to get my second Pfizer Covid shot.

The site was at the Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, Ct. I must say that everything went very well. It was very well organized. There were members of the National Guard checking IDs, taking temperatures and asking the routine questions.

The line moved along well, then information was taken and entered into a computer.

Then came the shot and the nurse that gave me it was GREAT. About 4-5 seconds, maybe less, and done. Never felt a thing.

After leaving I took one Tylenol. I guess if I had any side effects it was only being somewhat tired the next day (Sunday 3/14).

I am now very happy that I followed the advice and example of many of my friends, including members here.

Now with the warmer weather coming soon, I'll be back on the street corners with my local buddies "brown bagging it".
 

skiLB

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Saturday morning, March 13th, I was able to get my second Pfizer Covid shot.

The site was at the Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, Ct. I must say that everything went very well. It was very well organized. There were members of the National Guard checking IDs, taking temperatures and asking the routine questions.

The line moved along well, then information was taken and entered into a computer.

Then came the shot and the nurse that gave me it was GREAT. About 4-5 seconds, maybe less, and done. Never felt a thing.

After leaving I took one Tylenol. I guess if I had any side effects it was only being somewhat tired the next day (Sunday 3/14).

I am now very happy that I followed the advice and example of many of my friends, including members here.

Now with the warmer weather coming soon, I'll be back on the street corners with my local buddies "brown bagging it".
Lol..gr8 to hear.
 

68jk09

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FROM THE UFA......QUOTE.

April 8, 2021

All FDNY Members & Family Members Ages 18+
Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine
Effective immediately, the Department is able to expand COVID-19 Vaccine eligibility to include all FDNY members and their family members age 18 or older, even if there is no history of medical illness.

Eligibility
All active and retired FDNY members.
All active and retired FDNY family members over the age of 18.
You can be vaccinated even if you previously declined or had COVID-19 illness in the past.
Scheduling Appointments
Appointments are mandatory, walk-ins will not be accepted.
To schedule an appointment for any eligible FDNY member and/or eligible family member, call 718-999-7000 from 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM seven days a week, except Wednesdays, on which you can call from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
Appointment availability is based on vaccine supply.
Please have the following information available for you and/or your family member when scheduling an appointment:
FDNY Member’s Employee Reference Number and/or First & Last Name
Family Member’s Last 4 numbers of their Social Security number
Family Member’s Name & Date of Birth
Family Member’s New York State Address
Contact Phone Number
Valid Email Address
POD Locations for the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
FDNY Headquarters, 9 Metrotech Center
EMS Academy, Fort Totten
The Susan Wagner HS site is no longer administering first dose inoculations. This site will remain open until April 14, 2021, to provide second dose inoculations.
Fire Academy, Randall’s Island site is no longer administering first dose inoculations. This site will remain open until May 3rd, 2021, to provide second dose inoculations.
UNQUOTE.
 

skiLB

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Lamination is a good idea as well as keeping a copy in your phone & a photo copy in your safekeeping box......down the road proof will be needed for entrance to certain places (already projected for some big sporting events)...... FREE LAMINATION OFFER.....Office Depot requires a coupon .....Staples says NO coupon required ...... patch.com/new-york/halfhollowhills/s/hhv1i/staples-office-depot-offering-free-vaccine-card-lamination?utm_source=nearby-news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alert ........aside from that an FYI .. DO NOT laminate your original Social Security Card.
Probably right bout laminating just keep in wallet doesn't hurt.
 

68jk09

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It seems it may be best to skip the lamination as any further booster shots etc may have to be added to your original card.
 

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nfd2004

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As we look back now, it was just about one year ago in Mid March, that ALL 50 states would report confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, aka Covid-19. It was March, 2020, a year that NONE of us will EVER forget.

As of this date, March 7, 2021 there have been over 29 million cases and over 540,000 deaths here in the USA. More deaths than in WWII, the Viet Nam War and the Iraq War put together.

Our lives would be completely changed in a few short weeks.

When this first happened we thought, Wow isn't this crazy. But we never thought things like this would happen:

1) Many families and friends would face the loss of their loved ones.
2) Our hospitals would be full and sometimes Covid patients would need to be transported to other facilities.
3) Visitors to hospitals and nursing homes would NOT be allowed to visit their friends or family members.
4) Thousands of people would loose their jobs, as places of public assembly would close down such as restaurants, theaters, bars, gyms, sports arenas, etc.
5) Even our schools would close down and for the first time ever, students would attend their classes at home using online learning.
6) Planned Vacations and travel would be cancelled or put on hold
7) Many office workers would now work from their home. Even TV News and weather personal would broadcast from their homes.
8) Families and friends who would normally visit each other were now told to stay away from each other.
9) People who had to go to work for our daily survival became known as our Frontline Workers. Not only police officers, firefighters, doctors, nurses, medics/emts utility workers, bus and transit workers, public works, but even truck drivers, delivery personnel, food and grocery service employees. All putting themselves at risk to serve us.
10) For a time it was difficult to even get toilet paper. But sales of mask and hand sanitizers skyrocketed.
11) The 1,000 bed U.S. Navy Medical Ship called "The Comfort" would be docked in NYC to treat Covid patients. While the U.S. Navy Ship "The Mercy" would dock in Los Angeles.
12) Even annual parades had no viewers along the parade sidelines
13) Military-style field hospitals would be set up throughout various parts of the country
14) Covid testing sites would also be set up throughout our country.

Dr Fauci would become a common household name. He would advise us to wash our hands frequently, keep our distance and wear a mask. Suddenly it wasn't only the bank robbers who were wearing a mask.

These days about 18 % of the population here in the U.S. has had at least One Covid shot. While about 9.5 % have had BOTH.

The year 2020 will be remembered as the year we all want to FORGET.

As we look back over a year ago, a year that we will NEVER Forget, we are again being faced with similar conditions. People dying and families suffering once again as this Round 2 of the Covid hits us all again. We are being told that this Delta variance is even more dangerous and spreads easier.

Sounds to me like it's time to buckle up again and take the needed precautions as we once did on a daily basis.

For me, I base my decision on what Dr Fauci says. In my case, by following his advice wearing the mask (in fact I doubled up), washing the hands, and the distance thing, "It Worked". In fact I never even got the common cold.

So these days, I'm back to it again. I started going to my favorite restaurants as things started to improve, but now I'm back to "take out only". I always give my favorite waitresses a tip for the work they do. Here in Connecticut, maybe your place too, some don't even make minimum wage because tips are included in their income. All last year they would deliver the orders to the customers outside whether it was hot or cold weather, raining or snowing.

When it first struck and the numbers were starting to climb, I was one of those who planned to wait before I got my shots.
But when I learned that some of my best friends on here were getting them, they became Role Models for me. I guess I got my first shot in late February, with my second in March.
It all worked out okay.

Now Dr Fauci is recommending a booster shot for old guys like me. I'll do what he says, I'm sure just like so many of my friends on here had done when the vaccine first came out.

As we have seen, so many individual's and their families have suffered because of this Covid, and now when most of us thought the end of it was coming, it is happening again.

Although there have been thousands of very sad stories and even more than one family member affected by this sickness, I'd just like to take a moment to pass on JUST ONE, of a Retired Connecticut State Trooper and his wife. This local newspaper story came out just the other day on Friday, August 13th.

Here is their story, one of probably thousands like it if you'd like to read it.

 

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Like you, Willy, my wife and I had started going back to restaurants after almost a year and a half, but have quit and are doing the curbside shuffle. We're now doing our own grocery shopping, but are considering going back to Instacart. And we wear masks EVERYWHERE. We got our shots in late January and February, and are anxiously awaiting being able to get a booster. Our problem is with the anti-vaxxers. I'm all for personal freedom, and don't like government mandates any more than they do . . . but this s#@t can KILL you! Sure, maybe it will only happen to the other guy, not you (in Virginia, 1 in 12 people has had COVID), but why take the chance?
 

nfd2004

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Saturday morning, March 13th, I was able to get my second Pfizer Covid shot.

The site was at the Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, Ct. I must say that everything went very well. It was very well organized. There were members of the National Guard checking IDs, taking temperatures and asking the routine questions.

The line moved along well, then information was taken and entered into a computer.

Then came the shot and the nurse that gave me it was GREAT. About 4-5 seconds, maybe less, and done. Never felt a thing.

After leaving I took one Tylenol. I guess if I had any side effects it was only being somewhat tired the next day (Sunday 3/14).

I am now very happy that I followed the advice and example of many of my friends, including members here.

Now with the warmer weather coming soon, I'll be back on the street corners with my local buddies "brown bagging it".

For some of us, more senior members, it has been recommended that we get a Covid 19 Booster Shot.

Well my old senior friends, that's exactly what I did yesterday, October 18th.

What I found out was that in my neck of the woods, CVS is giving Moderna and Walgreens is giving Pfizer.
With that, I went to Walgreens for my "Old Man Covid-19 Booster Shot" because I had gotten Pfizer in the past.

When I went to check in, I found out that I was NOT Alone. I had plenty of Old People like me to talk to.

After filling out the required paper work and waiting quite awhile, it was finally my turn. When I did get to go get my shot, I asked all those other old people to Pray for me.

I guess they did because it was a breeze.
Only thing there was no place to sit to make sure of no reaction. So I sat in my car which has my Brothers and Sisters firehouse right down the street. So I knew if I had any problems, I could just call them and they would be there to take care of their Old Uncle Wilfred, "Alumni my Brothers and Sisters of the Rose City's Bravest".

But I was fine and only took one Tylenol as a precaution to any side effects.

I am very happy to report that there were NO Problems at all.

The only problem I did have was that they asked me for my Covid card which I did NOT have. I don't think I was given one at the time. Only a little sticker given to me back in March for the 2nd dose saying: "I got my shot today". But we went on the honor system and "Praise the Lord", everything worked out great.

Only thing I suggest is that if you go for your shot, "you might want to bring your own folding chair with you". "I wish I did".
 

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FDNY - COVID Vaccine Updates
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines and Flu Vaccine
OPEN TO ALL active and retirees - Firefighters, EMS workers, civilian employees and family members.
We are prioritizing active members who need 1st or 2nd COVID-19 vaccine dose this week.
If retired or family member, please call for appointment AFTER 11/1 if need COVID-19 vaccine (1st, 2nd or booster) or Flu vaccine
COVID-19 BOOSTER - Beginning 11/2
we will be offering the Moderna COVID-19 booster to anyone eligible
  • Age 65+
  • Anyone under age 65 and immunocompromised or has cardiopulmonary disease, cancer, diabetes, or other major medical conditions
  • All essential workers (including first responder, healthcare workers) or to anyone living with someone at risk.
CDC now allows the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster even if you previously received Pfizer or J&J/Janssen vaccine if it has been 6 months from your second Pfizer or Moderna dose or 2 months from your single J&J/Janssen dose.
You can get the Flu vaccine on the same day as the COVID-19 vaccine.Getting the flu vaccination is more critical than ever during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Health experts point out that it is possible to be infected with COVID-19 and the flu, simultaneously or sequentially – in either case that could lead to devastating, potentially lethal illness for you or your family.
Please call 718-999-2683 Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm for appointment at 9 Metrotech Center or Randall's Island
Please call WTC Satellites Mon-Fri 8am – 330pm for an appointment
  • Appointment availability Monday-Friday 2-3:30
  • Fort Totten: 718-281-7955
  • Commack: 631-858-2190
  • Orange County: 845-695-0695
  • Staten Island: 718-448-2391
All COVID-19 precautions will be adhered to – masks are required, social distancing protocols will be in place, and hand sanitizer will be available onsite.​
Additional information on COVID-19 or Flu vaccination
  • It is NOT recommended that you get the influenza vaccine if you have ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome or have had an allergic reaction to the flu vaccine. If that is the case, please consult with a health care provider regarding what is best.
  • If you are concerned about your reaction to a vaccine, please call FDNY BHS 718-999-1918 to discuss with nurses and/or make an appointment to see a clinician at your nearest location.
 

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call your delegates...hearing the ufa just released an urgent 65-2
 

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COVID-19 Vaccine and Flu Vaccine


OPEN TO ALL Active and retired employees - Including all adult family members (age 18 or older).
For those already vaccinated we offer the COVID-19 Moderna Vaccine BOOSTERS (third shot at half dose) if it has been at least 6-months from 2nd dose.

Eligibility for booster includes:
  • An essential worker (includes first responders & healthcare workers)
  • If not an essential worker, you are eligible if:
    • Age 65 or older
    • Under age 65 with major medical condition (ex. cancer, immunocompromised, cardiopulmonary disease, liver or kidney disease, diabetes, smoker, ex-smoker, obese, pregnant, etc.). If immunocompromised by disease or medication, you can request a full dose rather than half-dose Moderna
    • Any adult living with someone at risk
Mixing and matching: You can receive Moderna Booster 6 months after Pfizer or 2 months after J&J Janssen. If you have the option, sticking with the original vaccine type is preferred.
FDNY still offers Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for adults not yet vaccinated in need of 1st and 2nd dose.
FDNY can give you the Flu vaccine on the same day as the COVID-19 vaccine.
Getting the flu vaccination is critical as it is possible to be infected with COVID-19 and flu, simultaneously or sequentially – leading to potentially life-threatening illness.
Please call 718-999-2683 Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm for an appointment at 9 Metrotech Center, Fort Totten or Randall's Island.
You can also call any of our WTC Satellites Mon-Fri 8am to 3:30pm for an appointment at:
  • Fort Totten: 718-281-7955
  • Commack: 631-858-2190
  • Orange County: 845-695-0695
  • Staten Island: 718-448-2391
Additional information on COVID-19 or Flu vaccination
  • It is NOT recommended that you get vaccinated if you ever had a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine or suffered from Guillain-Barré Syndrome. If you have concerns, please speak to your healthcare provider, or call FDNY BHS or satellite to discuss with a clinician.
  • Follow this link for more information about the COVID-19 vaccine: here
  • Follow this link for more information about the flu vaccine: here
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FDNY - BHS Health Program, 9 MetroTech Center,​
Brooklyn, NY 11201, United States.​
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