While supply of the vaccine is limited in these initial stages, more and more people will become eligible as the supply increases. It is important to continue following health guidelines until, and even after, you have been vaccinated. These include wearing a mask, social distancing, and avoiding small and large gatherings.
New York State complied with CDC recommendations in administering vaccinations first to frontline healthcare workers and nursing home/assisted living residents over the age of 75 before expanding to additional groups. As of January 11, 2021, New Yorkers in vaccine groups 1A and 1B, including all those 65-years of age and up, are eligible to receive the vaccine, with additional groups expected to be eligible in the coming weeks and months. Most recently, restaurant employees, food delivery drivers, and taxicab drivers were also added to eligibility.
Please use the resources below to determine your eligibility, find a distribution center, and make an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine:
- For eligibility go to the New York State Eligibility website or call the vaccination hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
- To find a distribution center use the Vaccine Finder website
- To make an appointment go to NYC Vaccine Scheduler or call the vaccination hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
- To check which locations have available appointments visit NYC Vaccine List.
- For a list of vaccination sites in NY-12, click here
Once you have determined eligibility and booked an appointment, you must bring a photo ID, health insurance card (if possible), and proof of eligibility to your appointment.
The COVID-19 vaccine has gone through the full regulatory process by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and has been deemed safe and effective by both the FDA and the New York COVID-19 Clinical Advisory Task Force, an independent organization comprised of health experts. Learn more about the approved vaccines here.