All city-run vaccination sites are available for walk-in appointments of any eligible age starting today, the mayor announced on Friday.
They’ll also be open to anyone regardless of where people live.
“Convenience matters to New Yorkers,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “We’re getting busier and busier again. Life in the city is coming back, including the fact that we're the busiest place in the whole country so we want to make it simple for folks.”
Sites administering the Pfizer vaccine can see individuals 16 years and older and sites administering Moderna can see individuals 18 and older.
As of Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is allowing people 60 and older to show up to state-run sites without an appointment to get the vaccine.
The mayor also called on federal community health centers to allow walk-ins and for private providers to contact their patients individually to encourage vaccinations.
“We think that personal contact is going to make a huge difference,” said the mayor.
More than 6 million doses have been administered in the city so far.
To find a vaccination site, you can visit the city’s vaccine finder website or call 1-877-VAX-4-NYC.
Meanwhile, Cuomo on Friday announced a new effort to distribute vaccines to bodega and grocery store workers, who he said are the true underrated heroes – going all the way back to the earliest days of the pandemic.
The walk-in sites at grocery stores will be operated by SOMOS and other community-based organizations.
At the event held at the Mission Society of New York City, the governor reiterated the need for all New Yorkers to get vaccinated, adding it’s the only way to bring the pandemic to a true end. He also said New Yorkers can’t afford to let their guard down and pointed to still varying positivity rates across parts of the city and state.
“Don’t get cocky with COVID; it’s not over,” Cuomo said.