Booster Doses

COVID-19 Vaccine

A Boost in the Fight Against COVID-19

Maximize your protection against COVID-19. Free booster shots are available statewide.

Covid-19 vaccines continue to be the most effective tool we have to prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccines have been regularly updated to help eligible New Yorkers maximize their protection, prolong the vaccine’s effectiveness, and safeguard our communities against the virus.

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend individuals get vaccinated and stay up to date with all recommended doses.

Updated COVID-19 vaccines are available statewide. Bivalent vaccine doses are currently in use. It is anticipated that the updated monovalent vaccine with XBB.1.5 composition will be broadly available in the fall. If you have questions, talk to your healthcare provider, your child’s healthcare provider, or your local health department.

Booster Shots

Use the CDC’s online information to determine COVID-19 vaccine eligibility.

COVID-19 vaccine recommendations will be updated as needed.

Schedule Your Booster
Text your ZIP code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you
Free booster doses are widely available at pharmacies, local health departments, clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers and other locations across New York State.
Risk Factors
People at High Risk of Severe Illness

Anyone can get COVID-19 and feel sick, but some people are at high risk for serious illness and even death, especially based on the following factors: age, underlying health conditions, and race/ethnicity.


To learn more about risk factors and how they may affect you, visit our COVID-19 Risk Factor webpage.

Immunocompromised New Yorkers

Moderately to severely immunocompromised people should receive an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine — and a booster — when eligible. Find out what conditions make New Yorkers eligible for an additional dose and boosters.


Why are Booster Shots Recommended for Eligible Individuals?
Many vaccines require more than one or two doses for long-lasting protection.

The life-saving polio vaccine requires four doses.


Other vaccines require occasional “boosts” including the tetanus vaccine, given every ten years.

The Flu

The influenza (flu) vaccine is recommended for individuals each year because of new strains emerging every season.