COVID-19: Vaccines

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Vaccine Locations and Appointments

All New Yorkers 16 years of age and older are now eligible to be vaccinated. People who work or study in New York are also eligible. 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.

New Yorkers age 50 and older can now walk up to get vaccinated without needing an appointment. Eligible companions can also receive the vaccine at these locations.

You can also schedule an appointment for certain vaccination sites by calling 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692).

Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine Pause

The CDC and FDA have recommended — out of an abundance of caution — a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine while they investigate six reported U.S. cases of a rare blood clot.

If you have received the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine in the past three weeks and are having any of the following symptoms, contact your health care provider:

  • Severe headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Leg pain
  • Shortness of breath

The Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine has been administered to nearly 7 million people in the U.S. The current pause does not mean this vaccine will be unavailable following the federal investigation.

NYC vaccination sites are continuing to administer the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

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 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:

  • Driver's license or non-driver ID
  • 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.

Learn more about your privacy protections, patient rights and the vaccine's authorization:

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.

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