The first COVID-19 vaccines are here. Supply from the Federal Government is extremely limited. Additional New Yorkers will become eligible as the vaccine supply increases. While the vaccination process is underway, every New Yorker should wear a mask, social distance and avoid small and large gatherings.
Two vaccines have been authorized by the FDA and approved by New York State’s independent COVID-19 Clinical Advisory Task Force: One that was developed by Pfizer and BioNTech and another that was developed by Moderna. Both vaccines require two doses.
Over seven million New Yorkers are now eligible for the vaccine. Eligible groups include doctors, nurses and health care workers, people age 65 and over, first responders, teachers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and public safety workers.
Vaccines are available at pharmacies, hospitals and through local health departments statewide – please contact your provider of choice to schedule your vaccine appointment. Additionally, there is a network of State-run sites distributing vaccines statewide — to determine eligibility and schedule appointments at New York State-run vaccination sites only, use the Am I Eligible app. Second dose appointments will be booked at the site where you receive your first shot. Remember: Both vaccines require two doses for effectiveness.
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New York State is currently vaccinating eligible New Yorkers who are in Phase 1a and Phase 1b population groups. See the list of who is currently eligible.
Check to see if you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and to schedule an appointment at a New York State operated vaccination site.
Visit the Am I Eligible app and complete a simple set of questions to determine if you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
If you are eligible, you will see a list of New York State operated vaccination sites and available appointments.
The Am I Eligible app is kept up to date. New Yorkers can recheck their eligibility at any time.
Wear a Mask and Practice Social Distancing: Even if you feel well, stay at home as much as possible. In public, keep at least 6 feet distance from others.
Wash Your Hands, Cover Your Cough: Cover your cough and sneezes. Use your elbow or a tissue. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Take Caution with New Yorkers At-Risk: Avoid exposing the elderly and people with underlying health conditions to the virus. Instead of visiting, call. Offer help with groceries and other goods.