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 individuals 16 years of age and older that reside in the United States are eligible to receive 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.
COVID vaccines are widely available at pharmacies, local health departments, clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers and other locations across the state. Visit Vaccines.gov 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 individuals.
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. Individuals must bring proof of age. For individuals younger than the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must provide consent for vaccination. A parent or legal guardian must provide verbal consent either in person, or by phone, at the time of vaccine appointment. 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.
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. You can check to find available appointments at any time.
Wear a mask, practice social distancing, and get tested. 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.