Jul 12, 2021 | News Story

COVID-19 Pandemic Resources - Vaccine Finder

(Updated 7/12/21) The Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have significant effects not only on the health of New Yorkers but on the economy as a whole. With businesses forced to close, workers in all industries are facing unprecedented economic uncertainty.

All New Yorkers age 12 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Use NYC's Vaccine Finder to find your nearest COVID-19 vaccination location. The City's COVID-19 Vaccine page has resources including a "What New Yorkers Need to Know" FAQ.

At the City, State, and Federal levels, policymakers have moved to address some of the most pressing concerns:

While this remains an incredibly complex and challenging situation, the Central Labor Council and our staff remain committed to assisting as we move forward together. The CLC is fully operational, with most of the staff working remotely. Please reach out if there is anything the CLC can do to assist you or your members at this time.



Click here for ways to help including how to donate supplies, contribute to Relief Funds, volunteer, register community spaces, and donate blood.



AFL-CIO COVID-19 Resources

AFL-CIO COVID-19 Immigrant Worker Fact Sheet

NYS AFL-CIO COVID-19 Resources: including important information on relief benefits available to workers under both state and federal laws, and links to NYS agency guidance.

COVID-19 Helpline for Retail Workers: The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union has partnered with the Center for Frontline Retail to set up a hot line for current and former retail workers who are looking for help amid the COVID-19 crisis: Are you a current or former retail worker who needs help accessing resources during the COVID-19 crisis? Call our COVID-19 Helpline and learn about your rights! Call us at 646-918-6907 and you'll be connected to a staff member of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) or the Center for Frontline Retail. We'll walk you through the process of accessing the resources you're entitled to and answer your questions about COVID-19. Call now!



NYC is now using the COVID-19 Micro-Cluster Strategy, for information on Testing & Tracing, please click here.

NYC Department of Health

NYC Department of Education

NYC Comptroller COVID-19 Resource Center

Paid Safe & Sick Leave FAQs

NYC Benefits Checklist

NYC Shared Spaces Survey

MTA: Overnight Resources for Essential Workers

Federal Reserve Bank of New York: COVID-19: Information, Research & Analysis and Resources


COVID-19 Testing

Essential Workers in New York State can make an appointment to be tested at one of our drive through or walk in testing sites by calling the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or online at covid19screening.health.ny.gov

NYS Department of Health

Emergency COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave

ESD Guidance on Essential Businesses

If you are a worker who is being instructed by a non-essential employer to work anywhere outside the home, file a complaint here.

The federal CARES Act was signed into law March 27, 2020. The Act provides enhanced Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for New Yorkers. Here’s what you need to know.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides payment to workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency.

Flow chart on what you should know about Unemployment Insurance and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

The NYS Office of Mental Health's Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. The Help Line is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals, who have received training in crisis counseling.  

Office of the NYS Comptroller: COVID-19 Financial Survival Toolkit for New Yorkers

Interim Guidance on Executive Order 202.16 Requiring Face Coverings for Public and Private Employees Interacting with the Public During the COVID-19 Outbreak

New York State is providing child care scholarships to essential workers. Click here for more information.



Housing: Spanish Versions coming soon! 

Information on the Eviction Moratorium, New Eviction Cases, and Pending Eviction Cases from the RTC Coalition

FAQ of the CDC Moratorium

New: Applications for the NYS COVID Rent Relief Program are open. 

Program overview
Income Eligibility Limit Sheet
Spanish FAQ 
Application link

The Chief Administrative Judge of New York State issued a memo on Sunday, March 15, effective 5pm on Monday March 16, which states: “All eviction proceedings and pending eviction orders shall be suspended statewide until further notice." This moratorium has been extended until October 1.

The NYC CLC has held webinars to share information and resources on the Eviction Moratorium & Mortgage and Foreclosure concerns. Recordings of these webinars are linked below & a summary of the Mortgage & Foreslosure presentation is linked here.

Know Your Rights: Eviction Moratorium

Know Your Rights: Mortgage & Foreclosures

Please refer to these housing one-pagers in English & Spanish for information on who to contact should you need assistance.

The "One Shot Deal" emergency assistance program helps people who can't meet an expense due to an unexpected situation or event.



Does your workplace need training to protect against COVID-19?

NYCOSH is available to conduct virtual trainings for unions, workers' centers, community organizations, employers, and workplaces throughout New York State to educate and inform on best practices. The trainings will also be a space for workers to strategize on how to improve preparedness in their facilities and to keep New York's workforce safe.

Contact us today at lara@nycosh.org to schedule your free training today.



As groceries have been labeled essential businesses to remain open, there is a shortage of staff to counter the demand for goods. Below are some union-represented stores that are seeking workers.


Gristedes: 914 588 5348

Stop and Shop



Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund

Labor Delivers: Emergency Home Meal Delivery

New York Car Wash Workers Support Fund

The New York Nail Salon Workers Relief Fund

Worker’s Justice Project (WJP) COVID-19 Jornalera Relief Fund

American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund

The Actors Fund


COVID-19 Emergency Supply Sourcing & Manufacturing

NYC EDC is seeking businesses with the ability to source and/or make products to support the City’s COVID-19 response work.

Support can include: 

Sourcing or production of medical supplies and equipment (e.g., masks, gowns, face shields, ventilators, and other products as needed)
Production or distribution of food
Sharing connections to people willing and able to work on response efforts

Click here to complete the form below for each category of support you can offer!


SMART sheet metal union members are working with contractors to produce and donate metal nose pieces for the millions of face masks being made by volunteers across the United States and Canada. If you are a member of a volunteer group providing masks to first responders or health care workers, click here to fill out an order form to request free nose pieces. Organizers will forward your request to SMART union members close to you. The nose pieces are 3" x 1/4" and made from .032 aluminum.


Union-Made Face Coverings & PPE

Do you need face coverings for your members? Click here to find vendors who can provide Union-Made products.



NYC Service leads the Volunteer Coordination Taskforce (VCTF), a partnership with NYC Emergency Management, New York Cares and other partners to centralize and coordinate volunteer efforts during emergencies. The VCTF is working to assess a safe volunteer response to those most affected by COVID-19. If you are interested in learning about available opportunities to volunteer, complete the New York Cares COVID-19 relief efforts form to share your information and hear more about opportunities to serve as they arise.


Share Your Space

Registering community spaces is another way you can help support communities during this time. You also can direct others in your community to register their spaces as well. To register your space, visit the Share Your Space Survey online.


Blood Donations

Because many private blood drives have been cancelled, there is a critical need for blood. To donate, call 800-933-2566 or go to www.nybc.org.



Occupational Safety & Health Administration



World Health Organization


Covid 19 Tracking

Johns Hopkins CoronaVirus Tracker



This page will be updated as often as possible. Please share any resources workers might need and we are open to try to help answer any questions at info@nycclc.org