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.
Vaccine for New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities
- NY State announced on 2/5/21 that New Yorkers diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities will become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on February 15th. Click here to view this announcement.
- Your doctor or health care provider is the best source of information on if, how, when and where to schedule a vaccine appointment through your doctor’s office or pharmacy.
- By February 15th, we expect the eligibility criteria on the NY State “Am I Eligible” website to be updated to include underlying health conditions including intellectual and developmental disabilities. At that time, appointments can be scheduled at NY State vaccination sites or county vaccination sites as they become available.
Vaccine for Advocates employees
OPWDD employees and “home care workers” are in Phase 1A of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution and should sign up through the county and state Department of Health vaccination sites. Advocates employees are classified as “patient-facing healthcare workers – home care”.
Upstate Covid Vaccine Information Hotline:
(315) 464-3979 option #2
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/
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.
Pharmacy Vaccination Sites
Kinney Drugs – for ages 65+ only: https://secure.kinneydrugs.com/pharmacy/covid-19/vaccination-scheduling/ny/
Wegmans – for ages 75+ only: https://www.wegmans.com/covid-vaccine-registration/
When 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.
Click here for our Reopening Safety Plan
Click here for Advocates Community Habilitation Safety Measures
Click here for Advocates Mentor COVID-19 Return to Work Guidance
Click here for Advocates Employee Voluntary Vaccination Policy
COVID-19 Testing Sites (Onondaga County)
Safe Activities for Social Distancing
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas so that they can be added and shared with the Advocates community. We are all in this together!
Training and Support Specialist eVero Instructions
New York Connects
Link to long term services and supports. Phone: 315-435-1400, Website: http://ongov.net/nyconnects/
211 provides human services information and referrals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Phone: (315) 251-1400, Website: https://211cny.com/
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
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.
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.