Vaccines are an important tool in preventing COVID-19.
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.
The COVID-19 vaccine is available to certain groups in NYC, including people ages 65 and older, health care personnel and other essential workers. People with certain underlying health conditions and people who are pregnant are now also eligible.
You do not need documentation from your personal health care provider or any other proof of your condition to get a vaccine in NYC. It is only necessary for you to self-certify you have an underlying condition that makes you eligible. You will be asked to self-certify as part of the appointment scheduling process, or a vaccine provider will ask you to complete the below certification document before or at the time of your appointment. You may not be required to certify your condition if you are vaccinated by your usual health care provider. You must also bring proof that you live in New York.
People who are eligible based on their employment must attest that their job requires them to have in-person contact with members of the public or with co-workers, or that they are unable to work remotely. They must also have proof they work or live in New York State. Proof of work or employment may include one of the following:
Some vaccination sites may also require proof of NYC residency or residency within certain ZIP codes.
These documents will not be used as legal proof of your employment status, and they will not be collected or copied by people working at vaccination sites. Their only purpose is to confirm your eligibility for vaccination.
If you are eligible for a vaccine based on your age, you must show proof of age and New York residency. You do not need to provide proof of immigration status or have or provide a social security number.
Proof of age may include:
Proof of residency may include either:
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:
Before you get your vaccination, learn more about your privacy protections, patient rights and the vaccine's authorization:
After receiving your first dose, 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.
Bring the card with you when you go for your second shot.
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:
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.