Covid-19 response

NEWS, UPCOMING EVENTS and SERVICES

April 13, 2021 // 0 Comments

COVID-19 VACCINES LET DC 37 BOOK YOUR COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS: DC 37 can help you book your COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Please fill out this form and a DC 37 representative will call you to book your appointment. What you need to know: * To confirm eligibility, you can check nyc.gov/covidvaccinedistribution. * Proof of eligibility required: 1. Members who are eligible by virtue of job function must bring proof of employment. This can include an employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, or a pay stub. 2. Members who are eligible by virtue of underlying conditions or comorbidities will be asked to provide proof of NYC residence and will be asked to attest to their condition during the scheduling process. 3. Members who are eligible by virtue of age will be asked to provide proof of NYC residence and proof of age. * Employees are granted 4 hours [More...]

FEMA COVID-19 Burial Aid Program Begins April 12

April 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released its policy for the program and the application program for relief is expected to start on April 12.  The maximum amount of financial aid available is $9,000 per funeral. Those applicants with multiple deceased individuals can receive up to a maximum of $35,500 per application.  FEMA warns the bereaved to beware of scammers. FEMA has received reports of scammers reaching out individuals claiming to offer help applying for this funeral assistance. If anyone contacts you about this program before you have personally registered for aid, it is a scam. FEMA will not contact you prior to registration. Please protect yourself and do not share funeral-related documentation. FEMA federal funeral assistance can be used to help with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation. Beginning April 12, [More...]

Paramedics Make In-flight Rescue

April 9, 2021 // 0 Comments

NONSTOP HEROES: Three New York City first responders, Local 2507 FDNY Paramedic and mental health counselor Andria Connell, President and FDNY EMT Oren Barzilay, and Local 3621 FDNY Lieutenant Krystal Hayes at Los Angeles International Airport after their midflight rescue of a Jet Blue passenger. By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Three New York City Emergency Medical Services Paramedics saved a distressed airline passenger on a Sunday night Jet Blue flight to California on March 28. Their heroic and quick action midflight also helped the airline avoid an emergency landing. “We had been in the air about four hours and I had dozed off when a flight attendant called for help with a medical emergency,” said Krystal Hayes, a 14-year veteran FDNY Lieutenant and member of EMS Officers Local 3621. Although their seats were scattered, Paramedics Andria Connell and Oren Barzilay immediately stood up [More...]

DC 37 Workers #GetVaccinated at Citi Field Event

March 29, 2021 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE The early spring weather was sunny, appropriate for the occasion as hundreds of DC 37 members joined other New Yorkers to get the COVID-19 vaccine at a “Vaccination Day” event held at Citi Field, in Flushing Meadows, Queens. The event, heavily promoted by the union in social media and on www.dc37.net drew more than 500 union members to get the life-saving vaccine at the home stadium of the New York Mets on March 27. DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido spoke of the importance of the “Vaccination Day” event, which is part of an ongoing effort to vaccinate tens of thousands of DC 37 members.  “In honor of the more than 200 DC 37 members who died from COVID-19, we pledged we would do everything possible to protect them and their families, get benefits for those who passed away and to protect those living and continue to provide public services,” said Garrido. [More...]

APRIL NEWS and UPCOMING EVENTS

March 29, 2021 // 0 Comments

NEWS, UPCOMING EVENTS and SERVICES COVID-19 VACCINES LET DC 37 BOOK YOUR COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS: DC 37 can help you book your COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Please fill out this form and a DC 37 representative will call you to book your appointment. What you need to know: * To confirm eligibility, you can check nyc.gov/covidvaccinedistribution. * Proof of eligibility required: 1. Members who are eligible by virtue of job function must bring proof of employment. This can include an employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, or a pay stub. 2. Members who are eligible by virtue of underlying conditions or comorbidities will be asked to provide proof of NYC residence and will be asked to attest to their condition during the scheduling process. 3. Members who are eligible by virtue of age will be asked to provide proof of NYC residence and proof of [More...]

WATCH DC 37 on the FACEBOOK LIVE COVID VACCINE WEBINAR with Q&A

March 23, 2021 // 0 Comments

On March 25, District Council 37, AFSCME Executive Director Henry Garrido, 32BJ SEIU President Kyle Bragg, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Deputy Commissioner Dr. Torian Easterling and AdvantageCare Physicians President & Chief Medical Officer Dr. Navarra Rodriguez discussed the COVID-19 vaccine. They answered questions from DC 37 and 32BJ SEIU members, and shared resources to help you make an appointment to get vaccinated. Click here to watch the [More...]

DC 37 VACCINATION DAY MARCH 27 at CITI FIELD

March 22, 2021 // 0 Comments

Dear DC 37 Member,   I am writing with some very important and exciting news: public-facing government and nonprofit workers are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine, which is free of charge, is also available to New Yorkers over 60 and anyone with a qualifying health condition. As a DC 37 member, we want to make it even easier for you to get the vaccine, should choose to do so. We are setting up an internal operation that will cut out the middle man and book appointments directly for our active members. Beginning today, if you are interested in getting the vaccine, please fill out this form and a DC 37 representative will call you to book your appointment. At this time, we can only book appointments for active members. What you need to know: * To confirm eligibility, you can check nyc.gov/covidvaccinedistribution. * Proof of eligibility required: 1. Members [More...]

NYC COVID-19 MEMORIAL MARCH 14

March 11, 2021 // 0 Comments

The City requests names and photographs of the people we lost for an official remembrance marking the first anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dear Sisters and Brothers,  In New York City, we will soon reach a solemn milestone – last year, the first known COVID-19 death in our city was confirmed on March 14. We’ve lost thousands of our beloved New Yorkers since then.  This year, March 14, will be a day of remembrance in our city as we honor the many New Yorkers who passed away during the pandemic. The New York City Mayor’s Office will be hosting an official memorial event on this day.  We have experienced unimaginable loss as a city. The New Yorkers who died were our families and our friends, they were the frontline and essential workers who made our city run, and they were neighbors who made our communities feel like home.   Although we cannot come together in [More...]

Essential Workers #GetVaccinated

March 10, 2021 // 0 Comments

Melissa Tirado, Clerical 4   Client Navigator at North Central Bronx Hospital  “I work in the COVID clinic at North Central Bronx Hospital. I am a bridge between the patient and the hospital. I do all the legwork, making appointments for patients to be tested and vaccinated and get their follow-up shot. I also coordinate their appointments for other hospital services. If patients need ambulatory care, or specialty services like surgical or medical, anything they need we schedule for them for their convenience. The COVID Clinic is a testing and immunization site for the public and the staff at North Central. On opening day, we saw 250 patients. Now about 150 patients and dozens of staff come in daily.  When the pandemic began, we were hit so badly. My 7-hour shift and overtime mean I work 12 hour days. We were scared. I could feel the uncertainty. I could feel the anxiety. In our [More...]

DC 37, 32BJ SEIU Leaders Get Vaccinated

March 2, 2021 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE While new vaccines offer hope for curtailing the COVID-19 pandemic, they won’t work unless people actually get vaccinated. To lead by example, union leaders stepped forward to publicly get vaccinated in an attempt to inspire their own frontline essential workers to do the same and beat back the coronavirus. Henry Garrido, Executive Director of District Council 37, joined 32BJ SEIU President Kyle Bragg in Harlem to receive the first shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Both Garrido and Bragg were qualified to take the vaccine because of their underlying health conditions. The public event on Feb. 26 at the Harlem Medical office of AdvanageCare Physicians, brought together the leaders of two of New York City’s largest unions to encourage others to get the COVID-19 vaccines. For Garrido, who leads DC 37 and its 150,000 frontline public and private workers and 50,000 [More...]