Booster Doses

COVID-19 Vaccine

A Boost in the Fight Against COVID-19

Maximize your protection against COVID-19. Free booster shots are widely available statewide for eligible New Yorkers.
Booster Doses
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A Boost in the Fight

A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will help currently eligible New Yorkers maximize their protection, prolong the vaccine’s durability and protect New Yorkers at higher risk of infection and severe disease.

As of September 24, 2021, eligible New Yorkers can receive their COVID-19 booster dose. Booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are free and widely available statewide for eligible New Yorkers.

Currently, booster doses are only available to those who meet the eligibility criteria AND received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for their initial vaccine series at least six months ago.

What You Need to Know

Booster Shots
Am I Eligible?
Should Receive the Booster

New Yorkers 65 years and older or residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.

 

New Yorkers aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.

May Receive the Booster

New Yorkers aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series. Consult your regular health care provider.

 

New Yorkers aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.

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.
Additional Doses for Immunocompromised New Yorkers

As of August 16, 2021, some immunocompromised New Yorkers can now receive their third, or additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Find out what conditions make New Yorkers eligible for an additional dose and what the difference is between an additional dose and a booster dose. 

Booster Dose vs. Additional Dose

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

The life-saving polio vaccine requires four doses.

Tetanus

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.