COVID-19 Information and Resources

COVID-19 Information and Resources

VNSNY is committed to helping New Yorkers stay safe and healthy. We have specific procedures in place for staff and members to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Call us at 1-866-469-7774 (TTY: 711)
8 am — 6 pm, Monday – Friday.

At-Home COVID Test Coverage

SelectHealth covers over-the-counter COVID-19 test kits that can be used at home. To get a kit at no cost to you, take the kit and your SelectHealth ID to the pharmacy counter at a network pharmacy. Do not use the register at the front of the store.

Check below to see which FDA-authorized tests are covered. This list will be updated as more kits become available.

SelectHealth will cover 2 tests (1 package) per 7 days.


Test Name # Tests/ Package
BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test 2
QuickVue At-Home COVID-19 Test 2
InteliSwab COVID-19 Rapid Test 2
CareStart COVID-19 Antigen Home Test 2

NYC’s Homebound
COVID-19 Vaccine

In order to reach more New Yorkers, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is administering vaccines to thousands of homebound residents.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a New York City resident

  • Be age 75 or older

  • Have a disability (you do not need to be homebound)

  • Have not received any other COVID-19 vaccine

  • Be unable to get the vaccine any other way (such as from your doctor or another program)

If you qualify, the first step is to fill out an interest form. (A caregiver, family member, or friend can fill out the form for the eligible person.)

New Yorkers
with HIV
are Now Eligible
for the
COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 remains a significant risk in New York City (NYC) and across the U.S. Vaccination, along with other prevention measures, can help us end the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Get Vaccinated
Vaccines are very effective at preventing COVID-19, a disease which can lead to hospitalization and death and cause long-term health problems. All people with HIV who live in New York State (NYS) are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here for more information about how you can get vaccinated.

What is
doing to keep
patients, plan
members, and the
community safe?

A new coronavirus — 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus — that was first detected in China is now spreading worldwide. This virus causes a disease called COVID-19 and can lead to fever, cough, and shortness of breath. There are thousands of confirmed cases in a growing number of countries internationally and the virus is now spreading in the United States. There are ongoing investigations to learn more about this virus.

VNSNY has been working with the New York State Department of Health and the CDC to make sure our patients, staff, and the community we serve are supported against COVID-19.

Education. All staff have been trained in minimizing the chances of their becoming infected with COVID-19 and transmitting infection to those they care for, as well as in identifying the symptoms, safety, and screening practices.

Communication. VNSNY has activated its Emergency Response System to provide the most up-to-date information to staff.

Collaboration. We are working closely with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in addition to state and federal agencies and medical facilities, to make sure our procedures and guidelines reflect the most current medical information.

See below for important information and helpful resources about COVID-19 for members of SelectHealth.

See below for important information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and the CDC will provide information as it becomes available. Please check the CDC’s website at for updates.

For more

This is a rapidly changing situation. For updates, please see these resource pages from the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New York State has also established a hotline for questions and information: 1-888-364-3065.