COVID-19: Vaccines

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Vaccine Locations and Appointments

If you are eligible to receive the vaccine, use our Vaccine Finder to search for a location near you (not accessible with Internet Explorer).

There is limited supply of vaccine from the federal government at this time. You may not see open appointments on the Vaccine Finder right now, but check back regularly. New appointments will open up once more supply becomes available.

Third Vaccine Authorized

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted an emergency use authorization for the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. This vaccine has been shown to have 85% efficacy in preventing severe COVID-19 illness.

Appointments for Second Dose

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses. According to CDC guidelines, 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. The vaccine is more effective after the second dose.

If you received the first dose and do not have an appointment for the second dose, please 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.

More Vaccine Information

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.

Groups Currently Eligible for Vaccination

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.

Learn which groups are currently eligible for the vaccine, and which may be eligible next.

Proof of Eligibility

Underlying Conditions

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:

  • An employee ID card or badge
  • A letter from an employer or affiliated organization
  • A pay stub, depending on specific priority status
  • Proof of work through an application, such as Uber, Lyft or DoorDash

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.

Age and Residency

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:

  • Driver’s license or non-driver ID
  • Birth certificate issued by a state or local government
  • 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

Proof of residency may include either:

  • One of the following:
    • State or government-issued ID
    • Statement from landlord
    • Current rent receipt or lease
    • Mortgage records


  • Two of the following:
    • Statement from another person
    • Current mail
    • School records

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.

Before you get your vaccination, learn more about your privacy protections, patient rights and the vaccine's authorization:

After Your Appointment

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:

Fair and Equitable Vaccinations

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.

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