Currently, one vaccine has been approved by the FDA: the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which will now be marketed as Comirnaty. Two COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized for emergency use by the FDA: Moderna and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson. All three have been approved by New York State's independent Clinical Advisory Task Force
The vaccines will be available at no cost.
All individuals 5 years of age and older that reside in the United States are eligible to receive the vaccine.
Effective August 16, 2021, New Yorkers with compromised immune systems can receive their third COVID-19 vaccine dose. Eligible New Yorkers can receive their third dose 28 days after the completion of their two-dose vaccine series. The CDC is currently recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose, including people who have:
- Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood;
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medications to suppress the immune system;
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system;
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome);
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection;
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids, cancer chemotherapy that causes severe immunosuppression, or other medications that may suppress your immune response.
New Yorkers should contact their healthcare provider about whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them at this time.
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.
Successful completion of the Am I Eligible App does not guarantee you access to a vaccine.
New York State mass vaccination sites are also accepting walk-in appointments for all eligible individuals.
Individuals being vaccinated must provide proof of age. Learn more about what types of proof of identity are accepted.
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 while accompanying the minor to the vaccination appointment, or by phone at the time of the vaccination appointment. If the minor is 5-15 years old, they must arrive with a parent or guardian OR they need to bring another adult caregiver who has a signed designation from the parent or guardian and the parent/guardian must be available by phone.
New York State Operated Vaccination Sites
All New York State mass vaccination sites are now welcoming walk-ins.
- Aqueduct Racetrack* - Racing Hall, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd, South Ozone Park, NY 11420
- Bronx Bay Eden Senior Center* - Bay Eden Senior Center, 1220 East 229th St., Bronx, NY 10466
- Crossgates Mall* - 1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany, NY 12203 (Former Lord & Taylor – Upper level)
- Good Samaritan Hospital - 255 Lafayette Ave., Suffern, NY 10901
- Medgar Evers College* - 231 Crown St., Brooklyn, NY 11225
- New York National Guard Armory* - 2 Quincy Place, Yonkers, NY 10701
- State Fair Arts & Home Center* - NYS Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd, Syracuse, NY 13209
- SUNY at Buffalo South Campus* - Harriman Hall, 3435 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214
- SUNY Old Westbury* - 1 Apple Road, North Glen Head NY 11545
- SUNY Rochester Educational Opportunity Center*, 161 Chestnut St., Rochester, NY 14604
- SUNY Stony Brook* - 1500 Development Drive, Stony Brook, NY 11794
- Westchester County Center - 198 Central Ave., White Plains, NY 10606
- Yankee Stadium - 1 E. 161st St., Bronx, NY
* indicates NYS mass vaccination sites vaccinating 5 - 11 year-old age group
Process and Immune Response
Both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines require two shots. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires one shot.
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
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.
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.