COVID-19: Vaccines

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Vaccine Locations and Appointments

All U.S. residents 16 years of age and older are now eligible to be vaccinated in NYC. Use the City's Vaccine Finder to search for a location near you (not accessible with Internet Explorer). Note, people who are 16 or 17 years old can only receive the Pfizer vaccine.


Most City-run sites are offering walk-up vaccinations without an appointment. You can also schedule an appointment for certain vaccination sites by calling 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692).

Free transportation to vaccination appointments in NYC is available for city residents 65 and older and those with disabilities who have no other way to get to a vaccination site. To arrange for transportation, call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692).

For NYC residents who cannot leave their home, you can sign up for an in-home vaccination online or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692).

Pfizer Vaccine Now Authorized for Adolescents

Adolescents ages 12 through 15 years will soon be able to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. On May 10, the FDA expanded its emergency use authorization to include this age group. The vaccine will be available to adolescents later this week, after the CDC releases guidelines for administration.

More Vaccine Information


Vaccines are a critical tool in protecting you and your community from severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization and death. Vaccines are available at no cost to you.

Even after you are vaccinated, you will still need to practice these important COVID-19 prevention steps: stay home if sick, wash your hands, wear a face covering and keep physical distance from others.

Proof of Eligibility

New Yorkers must bring proof of age to their vaccination.

Minors must have identification to verify they are at least 16 years of age, or they must have a parent or legal guardian present to attest on their behalf. A parent or legal guardian must also provide consent for vaccination — either in person or by phone — at the time of the vaccine appointment.

You will not need to provide proof of immigration status or a social security number to get vaccinated. ID for proof of eligibility is to confirm eligibility for vaccination.

When you receive the vaccine, your privacy will be protected. There are strict laws in place to ensure confidentiality of your personal information.

Proof that you are 16 or older may include:

  • Driver's license or non-driver ID
  • IDNYC
  • State or government-issued birth certificate
  • Consulate ID
  • Current U.S. passport or valid foreign passport
  • Permanent resident card
  • Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship
  • Life insurance policy with birthdate
  • Marriage certificate with birthdate

Before Your Vaccination Appointment

You will need to complete the NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Form in order to get vaccinated. NYS requires the provider administering the vaccine to check that you completed the form.

Before you visit a site for your vaccination, keep in mind the following tips:

  • Reschedule your appointment if you are not feeling well on the day of your appointment.
  • CDC recommends against getting the vaccine 14 days before or after any other vaccination.
  • Wear a face covering to your appointment. You will not be admitted to the site without one.

Privacy Protections, Patient Rights and Vaccine Authorizations

After Your Vaccination Appointment

Before you leave the vaccination site, you will receive a card with your name, date of birth, the vaccine you received, and the place and date you received it. Keep it in a safe place and make a photocopy or take a picture just in case you lose it.

If you got the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, bring the card with you when you go for your second shot.

If you are fully vaccinated but lost your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or need verification of your vaccine status, you can request a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record online.

Appointments for Second Dose

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses. You should schedule your second dose 21 to 42 days (Pfizer) or 28 to 42 days (Moderna) after the first dose. If you are unable to do so, get your second dose as soon as possible after that. Get the second dose no matter how much time has passed.

If you received the first dose and do not have an appointment for the second dose, contact the provider or facility where you were vaccinated. You must get your second dose at the same location as you received the first dose.

The Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine does not require a second dose.

Post-Vaccination Tips

Learn important information for after you get the vaccine, including tips for before you leave the vaccination site and what to do if you feel side effects:

Fair and Equitable Access

The Health Department will ensure there is fair and equitable access to a vaccine. Our plans account for health inequities and disparities faced by underserved communities (PDF). We will make sure the communities hit hardest by the pandemic have access to the vaccine.

Vaccination Help for People with Disabilities

People with disabilities can get help making a vaccination appointment at an accessible site, traveling to their appointment and getting their shot. This kind of help is called a reasonable accommodation.

You can get a reasonable accommodation if you have difficulty with:

  • Seeing or hearing
  • Thinking or concentrating
  • Speaking
  • Using your arms
  • Taking care of daily chores
  • Coping with feelings of sadness or anxiety
  • Getting around or climbing stairs

You can request a reasonable accommodation when you schedule your vaccination, either through the City's online appointment scheduler or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692). You can also ask for a reasonable accommodation from staff at a City-run vaccination site.

For NYC residents who cannot leave their home, you can sign up for an in-home vaccination online or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692).

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