Booster Doses: What You Need To Know

Eligibility

CDC and NYSDOH strongly encourage all eligible New Yorkers to get their booster dose. This includes:

  • New Yorkers 12 years and older who received their Pfizer-BioNTech initial vaccine series at least five months ago are eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech booster. 
  • New Yorkers 18 years and older who received the Moderna initial vaccine series at least five months ago or the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago are eligible for a booster dose. 
  • Moderately to severely immunocompromised New Yorkers 12 years and older who received their Pfizer-BioNTech additional dose (third dose) at least five months ago are eligible for a booster dose (fourth dose) of an mRNA vaccine.
  • Moderately to severely immunocompromised New Yorkers 18 years and older who received their Moderna additional dose (third dose) at least five months ago are eligible for a booster dose (fourth dose) of an mRNA vaccine.


Additional Dose

  • 5-11-year-olds with certain immunocompromising conditions who received their Pfizer-BioNTech initial vaccine series at least 28 days ago are eligible for an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
  • 12 years and older with certain immunocompromising conditions who received their Pfizer-BioNTech initial vaccine series at least 28 days ago are eligible for an additional third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.  This population can also receive their booster dose (fourth dose) of Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine if their additional dose (third dose) was at least five months ago.

Scheduling

How to Schedule Your Booster Dose: 

  • Free booster doses are widely available at pharmacies, local health departments, clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers and other locations across New York State.
  • All of New York State’s mass vaccination sites are currently offering the COVID-19 booster dose to eligible New Yorkers. Visit Am I ELIGIBLE tool to schedule an appointment at a State-operated vaccination site. Walk-in appointments for booster doses are accepted at New York State sites for all eligible individuals.
  • To find a nearby provider, search vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you.
  • You can also contact your local pharmacy or provider to see if they are administering booster doses.
  • In order to prove eligibility, eligible New Yorkers are required to provide written self-attestation confirming eligibility, which providers must collect.

Booster Doses vs. Additional Doses

For more information on booster and additional doses, see the latest NYS DOH provider guidance for each age group.

COVID-19 Vaccination Guidance for Individuals 12 and Older

COVID-19 Vaccination Guidance for Children 5 - 11

Safety and Efficacy

  • COVID-19 vaccines are working very well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant.
  • Our top priority remains staying ahead of the virus and protecting New Yorkers from COVID-19 with safe, effective, and long-lasting vaccines, especially in the context of a constantly changing virus and epidemiological landscape.
  • Our federal health and medical experts have been analyzing the scientific data closely from the United States and around the world to understand how long the protection from infection and severe illness will last and how we might maximize this protection.
  • The available data show that protection against COVID-19 infection has decreased over time following the initial doses of vaccination for currently-eligible populations.
  • We will continue to follow the science and communicate openly with New Yorkers as additional data becomes available.