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COVID-19 Resources

Advocates is committed to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community and prioritizing the health and safety of the people and families that we support and our employees.

Click here for Advocates Employee Voluntary Vaccination Policy

Click here for Advocates Mentor COVID-19 Return to Work Guidance


COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccine for Advocates Employees and New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities

  • OPWDD employees and “home care workers” are in Phase 1A of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Advocates employees are classified as “patient-facing healthcare workers – home care”.
  • Those with underlying health conditions including intellectual and developmental disabilities are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in NY State.
  • Appointments can be scheduled at NY State vaccination sites, county vaccination sites, pharmacies or with your medical provider as they become available – see the “Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment” links below.

Upstate Covid Vaccine Information Hotline:

(315) 464-3979 option #2

Email: CovidVaccineInfo@Upstate.edu

NY State Vaccine Hotline: 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829)


Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment

State Vaccination Sites

NY State Fairgrounds: https://apps.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=50502400


County Vaccination Sites

Onondaga County – War Memorial: https://covid19.ongov.net/vaccine/1st-dose-screening-form/

Oswego County: https://apps.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=50500038

Madison County: https://apps.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=50500079

Cayuga County: https://apps.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=50501422

Cortland County: https://apps.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=50500036

Oneida County: https://apps.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=50500114

For additional counties, visit your county’s website or complete the NY State Department of Health Vaccine Eligibility Survey and search for vaccination site locations by zip code.


Please Note: If Advocates services are provided in Red, Orange or Yellow Cluster Areas/Hot Spot Zones: Advocates employees may only provide services 1:1 and may not support people to gather in groups of any size. See “Advocates Community Habilitation Safety Measures” below for complete guidance.


COVID-19 Testing Sites (Onondaga County)

https://covid19.ongov.net/appointments/


Safe Activities for Social Distancing

Click here to view our Safe Activities for Social Distancing Guide

The Advocates team continues to discover and share creative ways to stay safely connected during this time.​ ​Please help us to build on this resource by emailing familysupport@advocatesincorporated.org with your ideas so that they can be added and shared with the Advocates community. We are all in this together!


Employee Resources

Training and Support Specialist eVero Instructions

How to turn on GPS function in eVero app

How to log a Telehealth session in eVero


Community Resources

New York Connects

Link to long term services and supports. Phone: 315-435-1400, Website: http://ongov.net/nyconnects/

211 CNY

211 provides human services information and referrals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Phone: (315) 251-1400, Website: https://211cny.com/

Contact Hotline

Confidential, anonymous, free 24-hour/7-day a week telephone counseling, suicide prevention and crisis counseling hotline.  Available 24/7 from Contact Community Services and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Onondaga County phone: 315-251-0600 

Cayuga County phone: 877-400-8740

National Resources

Lifeline 24/7 Online Crisis Chat

Available 24/7 across the U.S. Lifeline Chat is a service of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, connecting individuals with counselors for emotional support and other services via web chat.

Website: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/

Lifeline 24/7 Mental Health Support Line

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Phone: 1-800-273-8255

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