New Yorkers are now receiving vaccines against COVID-19, and the state recently expanded eligibility rules for who can receive them. Nearly all New York adults are currently eligible to get vaccinated.
Here are answers to some of the common questions:
Who is currently eligible to receive the vaccine?
Nearly every New Yorker is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
All adults aged 18 and older are eligible for any of the three COVID-19 vaccines, including the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined to be safe.
Here is a detailed list of who is currently eligible.
How do I make an appointment?
The state has also opened a hotline for scheduling appointments over the phone: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). The city has opened its own hotline as well, which will have a 24-hour reservation system by Friday, Jan. 15: 1-877-VAX-4NYC (1-877-829-4692).
Where are the vaccination sites?
Medical workers and city health workers are administering the vaccine at sites in all five boroughs. You can view the locations on the map here.
The city has also opened five mass vaccination sites, which are set to run 24 hours a day, seven days a week:
- Brooklyn: Brooklyn Army Terminal, in Sunset Park
- Bronx: Bathgate Contract Postal Station, next to Crotona Park
- Manhattan: 125 Worth Street, in Lower Manhattan
- Staten Island: Gotham Health at 165 Vanderbilt Avenue
- Queens: 34-33 Junction Boulevard in Corona
There are several other mass vaccination sites operated by the city, state and federal government in every borough, including:
- Manhattan: Javits Convention Center
- Manhattan: For Washington Armory, Washington Heights
- Bronx: Yankee Stadium
- Bronx: Bay Eden Senior Center, 1220 East 229th St.
- Queens: Citi Field
- Queens: York College, in Jamaica
- Brooklyn: Medgar Evers College, in Crown Heights
The city's Health + Hospitals says that all vaccine sites are ADA compliant.
How much does it cost?
The vaccine is free to all New Yorkers, the city says. At the same time, insurance experts and consumer advocates have warned that the complexity of the American health care system may lead some people to receive bills for care related to receiving the vaccine.
I am not a U.S. citizen. Can I still receive the vaccine?
The city has said that you do not need to share your immigrant status to receive the vaccine. Both city and state health departments have said they will not share patient information with federal immigration authorities. In December, Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed back against a requirement that states share vaccine recipient data with the federal government, saying it could dissuade undocumented immigrants from receiving the vaccine.
I’m eligible for a vaccine. How long is the wait?
Due to diminishing demand for vaccines, appointments are overwhelmingly available at sites around the city. You can likely find a same-day appointment in your area. Walk-ins are also welcome at many sites.
Listen below for more information on the city's complicated and flawed vaccine rollout.
Is the vaccine mandatory?
No, it is voluntary. De Blasio told NY1 on Jan. 11 that making the vaccines voluntary for city workers is the “right approach,” since some people are wary of potential side effects. SUNY and CUNY, along with several private universities in New York, are planning to require all students to get vaccinated before they return to campus in the fall. Mayor de Blasio has said students at the city's public schools will not be asked to show proof of vaccination before the school year begins in September. Some vaccine recipients have reported flu-like symptoms after receiving the vaccine, and there have been a very small number of anaphylactic allergic reactions, though none of the vaccines have led to serious safety concerns, health experts have repeatedly said. You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine.
Who is next in line to receive the vaccine?
With children aged 12 and up eligible for the vaccine, it is not clear if or when the C.D.C. will approve giving the vaccine to younger children.
This is an ongoing story. Check back for more developments.