Vaccines are a critical tool in protecting you and your community from severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization and death. They are proven safe and are now protecting millions of vaccinated New Yorkers from COVID-19.
Vaccination is safer than risking illness and long-term side effects from COVID-19. Even people who have had COVID-19 in the past should still get vaccinated.
After you are fully vaccinated (two weeks after your single-dose vaccine or second dose of a two-dose vaccine), you are less likely to get or spread COVID-19.
Other benefits of vaccination:
Even after you are vaccinated, you should still stay home if you are sick or test positive for COVID-19.
If you have a condition or are taking medicines that weaken your immune system, you may not be protected even if you are fully vaccinated. You should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people until advised otherwise by your health care provider.
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children ages 5 to 11. The vaccine dose for this age group is smaller than the dose given to people 12 and older.
Children can get vaccinated at their doctor’s office, pharmacies and vaccine sites across the city.
A parent or guardian must provide consent for their child to be vaccinated in person or by phone. They will not need to provide proof they are the child's parent or guardian.
Some providers, including all City-run sites, will accept proof of consent in writing. However, in-person or phone consent is preferred.
All minors who are 5 to 15 should be accompanied to the vaccination site by a parent or guardian, or another adult caregiver designated by the parent/guardian.
The parent or guardian must also have a completed New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form.
City residents 65 and older can get free transportation to and from a vaccination appointment. This service is also available for those with disabilities who have no other way to get to a vaccination site.
To schedule free transport by either ambulette or taxi (including wheelchair accessible vehicles), call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692). If you are younger than 18, you must have your parent or guardian call to book the trip on your behalf.
You can also sign up online for an in-home vaccination or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692). Anyone 12 or older is eligible for in-home vaccination.
Vaccine booster shots are now available for all fully vaccinated people 12 and older. These shots boost your immunity from an initial vaccination series.
We recommend a booster shot for any adult who received the second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least five months ago, or the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago.
Your booster shot can be any of the three authorized or approved vaccines. We recommend you get either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for your booster shot, unless you are unable to do so. If you have questions, talk to your health care provider or call 311.
Separate from booster shots, people ages 5 and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised (meaning they have a weakened immune system) should get a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, as part of their initial vaccination series. They can get a third dose 28 days after their second shot.
This shot is intended to help a small number of people who may not have had a strong response to the first two shots. People who receive this shot should also receive a booster shot when eligible.
The Health Department is ensuring there is fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. Our plans account for health inequities and disparities faced by underserved communities (PDF). We are ensuring the communities hit hardest by the pandemic have access to the vaccine.
Note: All Health Department websites are designed to be accessible for people with disabilities.
People with disabilities can get help making a vaccination appointment at an accessible site, traveling to their appointment and getting their shot. 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 email@example.com for more information.
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