How and where to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in New York

People wait in line for a COVID-19 vaccine at Javits Center
in Manhattan.

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In English | Who can get vaccinated now?

  • Anyone 12 years of age or older who lives, works, or studies in New York.
  • Booster shots are available to those over 65, residents of long-term care facilities, and other risk groups who received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
  • The third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines has been recommended for certain people with weak immune systems

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Where can I get vaccinated or receive the booster?

  • New York residents confined to their homes They can also request vaccines at home. A complete list of contacts for each county available on the state’s COVID page. AARP New York strongly supported and fought for the state guidelines recent efforts to ensure safe access to vaccines for homebound New Yorkers in all counties. The plan requires that home vaccines be administered by hospice nurses or county home care agency, Designated Emergency Medical Services, pharmacies, and approved private home care provider or medical staff.
  • In pharmacies: CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Costco They are offering COVID-19 vaccines across the state. Some offer walk-in vaccinations (no appointment necessary). Follow the links for more information or to schedule an appointment.
  • The federal government’s website on vaccines,, lets you search for vaccination sites by zip code, and includes links to make appointments. You can use the same tool by texting your zip code to 438829 to find vaccination sites or by calling 800-232-0233 (TTY: 888-720-7489 for the hearing impaired.)
  • Several transit agencies offer free or discounted rides to and from vaccination sites.

How do I know if I need the third dose?

The Pfizer booster dose is licensed for those 65 years of age and older, residents of long-term care facilities, and persons 18 to 64 years of age who are at risk of becoming seriously ill or those who are at increased risk of exposure and transmission of COVID-19 due to your occupation; for example, health workers, teachers, supermarket employees. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people receive a booster dose of COVID-19 at least six months after receiving the first two doses in the Pfizer series.

A booster for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines could be approved in the coming weeks.

If you have a compromised immune system and think you should get the booster shot, the CDC recommends that you talk to your health services advocate about your medical condition, and whether it is appropriate for you to receive the additional dose. You can schedule an appointment for the third dose in the sites mentioned at the beginning of this page or I will present at one of the pharmacies that do not require an appointment. When you go to make the appointment, have the dates of the first two doses ready (they are recorded on your vaccination card). They may also ask for evidence of your health condition.

What should I bring to the vaccination appointment?

Some vaccination centers ask for some proof of identity or proof that you meet the vaccination criteria. Authorities recommend that you carry your driver’s license or other state-issued identification that shows your name, age, and the state where you live. In addition, it is recommended to bring your medical insurance card, if you have it. You will not have to pay anything, but the vaccine provider may charge the insurer some amount for the administration of the vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that it is necessary to wear a mask when going to the appointment.

How does vaccination work in nursing homes and long-term care facilities?

Most residents and staff of long-term care facilities in New York were offered the vaccine through a federal program whereby the COVID-19 vaccines were administered, at clinics located in the centers, at no cost, in late 2020 and early 2021. This program ended; However, to ensure that long-term care facilities continue to have access to COVID-19 vaccines – for new residents or staff, or for residents and staff who have been hesitant to receive vaccines – the federal government continues distributing vaccines – and now the booster shots for those who received the two doses of Pfizer – to the pharmacies that collaborated with those facilities.

Long-term care facilities that have not partnered with any pharmacy are encouraged to work with state or local health departments, or with the federal government, if necessary, to provide vaccines.

The federal government announced that, to receive funding from Medicare and Medicaid, nursing homes must require all staff to be fully vaccinated. AARP calls for mandatory vaccinations for nursing home residents and staff.

New York State issued an order for all healthcare workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This order includes staff in hospitals, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and other group care facilities.

Which vaccines require a second dose?

Vaccines against COVID-19, one from Pfizer and one from Moderna, require two doses. If you receive one of these vaccines, you will need to receive a follow-up dose to gain the necessary immunity. It is recommended that the second dose be given three weeks after the first for the Pfizer vaccine, and four weeks for the Moderna vaccine. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they can be given up to six weeks later. You should receive a card from your provider stating the place and date to return for the second dose. The state says it will send reminders via text message, email and phone call.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one injection. The US Food and Drug Administration. (FDA) warns that the vaccine has been linked to rare and serious blood clots in a small number of vaccinated people, especially women 50 years of age and younger, and an increased risk of developing Guillain-Barré syndrome, a neurological disorder. rare.

Do I have to pay for the vaccination?

You should have no out-of-pocket cost to get the vaccine. AARP fought to ensure that the federal government cover the cost of the vaccine. Providers can recover a fee for administering the injection, but cannot charge consumers. They would be reimbursed by the patient’s insurance company or the government (in the case of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and the uninsured, for example).

New York health insurance companies have been instructed by state officials to immediately cover, without cost sharing, the inoculation and administration of approved COVID-19 vaccines.

There have already been reports of scammers claiming to offer COVID-19 vaccines and treatments and attempting to charge for them. AARP’s Anti-Fraud Network, is tracking the latest scams.

What should I do with my vaccination card?

During your vaccination appointment, you should receive a small white card that includes your name, date of birth, the name of the vaccine you received, and the date it was administered. If you receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, take your card with you when you go for your second dose.

You may need your vaccination card to schedule the third dose of the vaccine or a booster shot, in the case of people with compromised immune systems. You may need your vaccination card for certain types of trips or other activities, so keep it in a safe place. You can take a photo of it with your smartphone for your own records. Experts say that posting a photo of your card on social media could make yourself vulnerable to identity theft.

If you lose your card or if you did not receive one, contact your vaccine provider or your Health Department local to receive a copy.

When can children be vaccinated?

The Pfizer vaccine is licensed for individuals 12 years of age and older, while the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are licensed for individuals 18 years of age and older. Both companies, Pfizer and Moderna, are investigating the effectiveness of their vaccines in children from 6 months of age.

How protected am I after vaccination? I’ve heard of post-vaccination infections

All three vaccines reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections and are very effective in preventing serious illness and death. However, no vaccine is 100% effective and post-vaccination infections have been reported, although cases are rare.

According to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, post-vaccination infections affect only the 0.01 to 0.29% of fully vaccinated people in the states where these cases have been reported. And data compiled by the CDC shows that, as of August 9, about the 0.005% of fully vaccinated people had been hospitalized or had died from COVID-19.

Should I wear a mask after getting vaccinated?

Immunity is acquired two weeks after receiving the single-dose vaccine or, in the case of two-dose vaccines, after the second dose.

Because the delta variant continues to circulate, the CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people wear a mask in closed public spaces in areas where COVID-19 is spreading rapidly, including in schools.

The CDC recommends continuing to wear masks on airplanes, buses, and trains as well as on any other public transportation whether you are traveling to, within, or outside of the United States.

This guide, originally published on January 15, was updated on September 27 with new information on booster doses.


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