What You Need to Know
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Overview

Currently, two COVID-19 vaccines have been approved by the FDA and New York State's independent Clinical Advisory Task Force: one that was developed by Pfizer and BioNTech and another that was developed by Moderna.

The vaccines will be available at no cost.

Availability

Vaccination is underway for high-risk priority population groups. New Yorkers who are currently eligible to get vaccinated are outlined in phases. Vaccine supplies will increase over time and are expected to be more widely available in spring or early summer 2021.

Distribution Plan

 

Check Your Eligibility

Vaccines are available at pharmacies, hospitals and through local health departments statewide – please contact your provider of choice to schedule your vaccine appointment.

Additionally, there is a network of State-run sites distributing vaccine statewide – to determine eligibility and schedule appointments at New York State-run vaccination sites only visit the Am I Eligible app.

See if You are Eligible 

Successful completion of the Am I Eligible App does not guarantee you access to a vaccine.

As New York State receives additional allocations from the Federal Government, more New Yorkers will be eligible and the Am I Eligible App will be updated. You can recheck your eligibility at any time.

You must bring proof of eligibility to your appointment. This may include an employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, or a pay stub, depending on the specific priority status. If you are eligible because of your age, bring a government-issued ID that includes your date of birth (like a Driver’s License or passport).

New York State Operated Vaccination Sites

All vaccinations are by appointment only:
  • Aqueduct Racetrack - Racing Hall, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd, South Ozone Park, NY 11420
  • Dome Arena (DBA Roxbury Dome Partners LLC), 2695 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14467
  • Javits Center, 429 11th Avenue, New York, NY 10018
  • Jones Beach - Field 3, 1 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh, NY 11793
  • Plattsburgh International Airport - Connecticut Building, 213 Connecticut Rd, Plattsburgh, NY 12903
  • State Fair Expo Center: NYS Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd Syracuse, NY 13209
  • SUNY Albany, 1400 Washington Ave Albany NY 12222
  • SUNY Binghamton, 10 Gannett Drive, Johnson City, NY 13790
  • SUNY at Buffalo South Campus - Harriman Hall, 3435 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214
  • SUNY Polytechnic Institue - Wildcat Field House, 880 Wildcat Drive, Utica, NY, 13502
  • SUNY Potsdam Field House, 44 Pierrepont Ave, Potsdam, NY 13676
  • SUNY Stony Brook, 100 Nichols Rd, Stony Brook, NY 11794
  • Westchester County Center, 198 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606

Process and Immune Response

Both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines require two shots.

Immunity

Researchers do not yet know how long immunity after vaccination lasts. That’s why you must continue to wear a mask, wash your hands regularly and social distance.

Potential Side Effects after the Vaccination

You may not notice any changes in how you feel after getting the shot. But it’s also possible to feel a little “under the weather.” This can happen after any vaccine. It is the body’s immune response to getting vaccinated and a sign that the vaccine is starting to work.
After the COVID-19 vaccine, you may have:

  • A sore arm where you got the shot
  • A headache
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Tiredness

Over the counter pain relievers and fever reducers may help.
You should feel better in a day or two. If you still don't feel well after two or three days, talk to your health care provider.

Staying Safe

Stopping this pandemic will require using all tools available. Wearing masks, hand washing, and social distancing help lower your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others. A vaccine will help your body fight the virus if you are exposed.

Experts need more time to understand the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on mask use. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.