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Office of Emergency Preparedness & Response


March 19, 2024

Good morning,


Please see the below COVID-19 vaccination update from NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


People Age 65 and Older Should Get an Additional Vaccine Dose


The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that people 65 and older should get an additional dose of any updated COVID-19 vaccine at least four months after their previous shot. This recommendation reflects that the risk of severe symptoms from COVID-19 continues throughout the year and is highest among older adults.

Get Vaccinated Today


To find a vaccination site use the City's Vaccine Finder. You can search for specific types of vaccines and age-specific doses. Locations that offer the updated vaccines will be added to the site on a rolling basis, and the most recent updates are on the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website.


No-cost vaccines are available for people who are uninsured and regardless of immigration status. You can search for no-cost vaccine sites using the “Insurance” tab within Vaccine Finder.



Benjamin Strong

Senior Director

Office of Emergency Preparedness & Response

Congress is Deciding How Much Funding to Give Medicare in FY24

Millions of people can’t afford their Medicare premiums and copays. For 15 years, Congress has funded state and local efforts to find and enroll these individuals into programs that can help.


Unfortunately, the Medicare proposals under discussion do not yet include continued funding for these efforts. Our contacts on Capitol Hill tell us this window of opportunity could close as early as next week.

Leaving these programs unfunded would strip away an important tool used by community-based organizations to help vulnerable older adults.

Congress has funded this work with bipartisan support for 15 years. It's time to do so again.


No one on Medicare should ever have to skip a doctor’s visit or a dose of medicine because of costs. Visit our Action Center to learn more about this issue, customize your message, and send it to your members of Congress. Thank you for making your voice heard!

Department Of Taxation amd Finance

Set yourself up for smooth sailing

Check out our tax resources to assist you when filing your personal income tax return.

Returns are due April 15, 2024.

Free filing resources

Using filing resources from the Tax Department can make completing and submitting your return on time fast, secure, and even free if you qualify.

Depending on your income and other criteria, you may qualify to use Free File software to e-file both your federal and state returns—at no cost. To avoid fees, carefully review eligibility criteria for each software provider and access the Free File software directly from our website.

Additionally, New York State and the IRS are testing a new program—Direct File—that allows eligible New Yorkers who report certain types of income, credits, and adjustments to file their state and federal income tax returns for free. To see if you’re eligible to participate in the pilot, visit New York eligibility for Direct File.

If you don’t qualify for Free File or Direct File, you still have choices that may work for you! Visit Other e-file options to learn more.

For all your filing resources:

More resources to assist you

Request electronic communications

Communicate with the Tax Department using Online Services. It's fast and secure!

With an Online Services account, you can:

Gather your information and documentation

If you received unemployment compensation, request your Form 1099-G from the Department of Labor. Remember to include the full amount on your New York State personal income tax return.

Log in to your Online Services account to verify the amounts of any extension or estimated tax payments you've made.

Review our video tutorial to help you e-file your return on your own.

Request direct deposit—it's the easiest, fastest way to get your refund.

Gather information

Understand your payment options

If you owe a balance on your New York State income tax return, you can pay—or schedule a payment for—any day up to and including the April 15 due date.

You can pay directly from your bank account for free, or with your credit card for a fee.

Check your refund status

Get the most up-to-date information about your refund and return:

If you need help finding your refund amount, visit Refund amount requested for troubleshooting tips. 

For answers to some of your most common questions, visit Understanding your refund status (Español | 中文版 | Русский | বাংলা | Kreyòl ayisyen | 한국어).

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