Vaccines can protect you and your community from severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization and death. Vaccines are available at no cost to you and regardless of immigration status.
Vaccination is safer than risking illness and long-term health effects from COVID-19. Even people who have had COVID-19 should get vaccinated.
COVID-19 vaccines are available for children ages 6 months and older.
The vaccines will help your child develop immunity and provide them with protection against severe illness and death from COVID-19. Children may experience similar side effects of vaccination as adults, with usually mild effects lasting one to two days.
The more contagious variants of COVID-19 that have been spreading have caused some children to get sick, be hospitalized and die. The best way to protect your child is to get them vaccinated as soon as possible.
Children younger than 5 years should get the same vaccine for their second (and third) doses of their primary series as they received for their first dose. They will be considered fully vaccinated two weeks after either their third Pfizer dose or second Moderna dose.
Ask your child’s pediatrician if they will be offering the vaccine. Some pharmacies may offer vaccine to children 3 years and older.
A parent or guardian must provide consent for their child to be vaccinated in person, by phone or in writing, depending on the vaccination site. They will not need to provide proof they are the child's parent or guardian.
Children ages 15 and younger should be accompanied to the vaccination site by a parent or guardian, or another adult caregiver designated by the parent or guardian.
The updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters are recommended for everyone 12 and older, even if they have already received a booster dose. They are called "bivalent" booster vaccines because half of the dose is specifically targeting the omicron subvariants that account for nearly all recent infections in NYC. These boosters increase your immunity from your prior doses.
You can get your updated bivalent booster if it has been at least two months since your most recent COVID-19 vaccine dose.
If you recently had COVID-19, you can wait to get a booster until three months after you first felt symptoms, or, if you had no symptoms, three months after your test date. You may want to get a booster sooner than three months after you had COVID-19 if you are at higher risk of severe disease or getting COVID-19 again.
Talk to your provider about when you should get your next vaccine.
The Health Department recommends both the Pfizer bivalent booster — available for people 12 and older — and the Moderna version — available for people 18 and older. You can get either booster — it does not matter whether your previous dose was a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
Children younger than age 12 should receive the original vaccine booster dose when eligible.
Children ages 5 through 11 years who received Pfizer primary series should receive a booster dose.
Children ages 6 to 11 years who received the Moderna primary series, as well as children younger than 5 years, cannot get a booster at this time.
Separate from boosters, people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised (meaning they have a weakened immune system) should get an additional vaccine dose, as part of their primary vaccine series.
This dose is intended to help people who may not have had a strong response to the first two doses due to a medical condition or treatment. People ages 5 and older who receive this dose should also get a booster dose when eligible.
The Health Department is ensuring there is fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. We are ensuring the communities hit hardest by the pandemic have access to the vaccine.
People with disabilities can get help making a vaccination appointment at an accessible site, traveling to their appointment and getting their vaccine. This kind of help is called a reasonable accommodation.
You can get a reasonable accommodation if you have difficulty with:
Though not a complete list, some common examples of a reasonable accommodation are: a wheelchair provided on arrival; ASL interpretation or tactile interpretation; a quiet space if loud spaces are overwhelming; and verbal or physical guidance to navigate the vaccination site.
You can request a reasonable accommodation when you schedule your vaccination, either through the City's online appointment scheduler or by calling 855-491-2667. You can also ask for a reasonable accommodation from staff at a City-run vaccination site, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
You can also sign up for an in-home vaccination online or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692).
For more information, see:
FDA Fact Sheets
Other City, State and Federal Government Websites