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The COVID-19 Vaccine Is Here!

Update on the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine - 04/24/2021 10:00am:
On April 13, the CDC and the FDA recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine out of an abundance of caution, which New York State followed. On April 23, following a thorough safety review, the CDC and FDA lifted the recommended pause on the J&J vaccine and said that the United States can resume use of the vaccine for adults. New York State's independent Clinical Advisory Task Force additionally reviewed the data and also recommended that the use of the J&J vaccine can resume. Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker issued a statement saying, "The data has shown the vaccine's known benefits far outweigh the potential and extremely rare risks." We will continue to communicate regular updates, and we urge anyone with questions about the COVID-19 vaccines to speak with their health care provider.

All New Yorkers age 16 and older are now eligible for the vaccine. While the vaccination process is underway, New Yorkers should continue to wear a mask, social distance, avoid large gatherings and follow all other health guidelines.

FDA fact sheets for recipients and caregivers on each vaccine are available: PfizerModernaJohnson & Johnson.

COVID vaccines are widely available at pharmacies, local health departments, clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers and other locations across the state. Visit to find appointments near you or contact your local pharmacy or provider.

To schedule an appointment directly at a New York State-run site, go to New York State's vaccine scheduler and follow the instructions. Walk-in appointments are also accepted at New York State mass vaccination sites for all eligible adults.

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Who is Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine?
  • Age 16+
  • Reside in New York State
  • Work in New York State
  • Study in New York State
Instructions for New York State-Operated Vaccination Sites:

Step 1: Determine eligibility and schedule an appointment. New York State's online scheduling tool is the quickest way to confirm you're eligible and make an appointment. You can also call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). Once you have successfully scheduled an appointment, you will receive a confirmation email that contains a barcode. You will need to bring this to your appointment.

Step 2: Complete the Vaccine Form. Once you have a confirmed appointment, you must complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form. This form should be filled out online and you will receive a submission ID indicating completion. You will need to bring the submission ID to your appointment. If you cannot submit the form online, it will be available at the vaccination sites.

Step 3: Bring proof of eligibility to your appointment. New York State residents must bring proof of identity. For minors under 18, a parent or guardian is required to identify the minor. If you are not a New York resident, you must bring proof that you work or study in New York State. You will be asked for insurance information BUT the vaccine is free and there will never be a charge to you. This information is for administrative use only.

Step 4: If you are getting the Pfizer vaccine, your second dose appointment will be scheduled automatically when booking your first vaccine dose. Your second appointment will be scheduled for the same time and at the same location, three weeks following your first dose. You will receive a confirmation email with details about your second dose appointment within a few days of receiving your first dose. Please keep this in mind when scheduling a first dose appointment. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose.

Excelsior Pass provides a free, fast and secure way to present digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results.
Schedule an Appointment
Am I Eligible App
Make an Appointment

If you are eligible, you will see a list of New York State operated vaccination sites and available appointments. 

Recheck at Any Time

The Am I Eligible app is kept up to date. New Yorkers can recheck to find available appointments at any time.

New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline
1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829)
The COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline is open 7AM - 10PM, 7 days week, to help New Yorkers determine if they are eligible and schedule vaccination appointments.
Vaccination Training
Become a Vaccinator
New York State is encouraging eligible New Yorkers to take trainings to become vaccinators.

Commissioner, New York State Department of Health
Howard A. Zucker, M.D., J.D.

Vaccines are Safe

"The vaccines are here and I have full confidence that they are safe and effective. When it's your turn I urge you to get vaccinated to protect yourself and your community from COVID-19. To stop the spread now, continue to follow all health guidelines. Together we will beat this virus."
Dr. Zucker head shot
COVID-19 Vaccine Program Task Forces
Clinical Advisory Task Force

New York’s independent COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Advisory Task Force, comprised of leading health experts, was formed to provide an additional level of review to help build public trust in COVID-19 vaccines.




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Vaccine Distribution and Implementation Task Force

Comprised of experts in public health, logistics and vaccine administration, this task force will advise on the operational side of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination program.




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Vaccine Equity Task Force

New York's Vaccine Equity Task Force was established to break down barriers to vaccination and ensure there is equitable distribution of the vaccine across the state, leaving no community behind.




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