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.
New Yorkers must bring proof of age and New York residency. Some sites may only vaccinate people from a certain borough or ZIP code.
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.
People who live outside of New York must bring proof of age and that they work or study in New York.
You will not need to provide proof of immigration status or a social security number to get vaccinated.
Proof of work or employment in New York may include one of the following:
These documents will not be used as legal proof of employment status, and they will not be collected or copied by people working at vaccination sites. Their only purpose is to confirm eligibility for vaccination.
Proof that you are a New York resident and 16 or older may include:
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:
Learn more about your privacy protections, patient rights and the vaccine's authorization:
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.
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.
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.