Information about the New York State Vaccination Program
A Boost in the Fight Against COVID-19
COVID-19 Vaccine: Safe, Effective, Free
The current COVID-19 vaccines have been deemed safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a special task force made up of New York State medical and scientific experts. They include Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. FDA fact sheets for recipients and caregivers on each vaccine are available: Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
Remember: The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses for effectiveness. For these vaccines, second-dose appointments will be scheduled automatically at the time you receive your first vaccine dose. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one dose.
The vaccines are available at no cost to you.
Eligible New Yorkers are:
- Age 12 and older
- Reside in New York State
- Work in New York State
- Study in New York State
Instructions for Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine
Vaccines are available at pharmacies, hospitals and local health departments statewide – please contact those providers to schedule your vaccine appointment. Or, schedule an appointment at a state-run site below. New York State mass vaccination sites are now also accepting walk-in appointments for all eligible adults.
Step 1: Determine eligibility and schedule an appointment. Complete the Am I Eligible? App to check eligibility and find nearby vaccination locations where you can schedule an appointment or call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829opens phone dialer) (7AM – 10PM, 7 days a week).
Step 2: Complete the Vaccine Form. Once you have a confirmed appointment, you must complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form. This form can be completed online, and you will receive a submission ID, or can be completed at your vaccination site. (We encourage New Yorkers to complete the form ahead of time.)
Step 3: Bring proof of eligibility to your appointment. When you go to your vaccination site for your appointment, you must bring proof of eligibility. 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 due to age, you should bring a form of ID (like a Driver’s License or passport) that includes your date of birth.
New Yorkers are recommended to use the Am I Eligible? App to see if they are eligible for vaccination and to find sites nearest them.
APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED. IF YOU VISIT A PROVIDER WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A VACCINE.
If you have any other questions about this process or general questions about the vaccine, please click here:
Frequently asked questions
What you need to know – including vaccination locations in your area.