Information about the New York State Vaccination Program
The New York State Vaccination Program is underway. Availability is limited but more New Yorkers will become eligible as the vaccine supply increases. Every New Yorker should continue to wear a mask, social distance and avoid gatherings.
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.
New Yorkers in phases 1a and 1b are eligible to receive the vaccine. This includes people age 65 and over, hospital/healthcare workers, nursing home residents and staff, long-term and congregate care residents and staff, EMS workers, coroners, medical examiners, first responders, teachers, public transit, grocery store and public safety workers, funeral home staff, restaurant employees, public facing hotel workers and for-hire drivers. For a complete list, click here.
New Yorkers with certain comorbidities and underlying conditions will also be eligible to receive the vaccine.
ALL VACCINATIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Appointments are not transferrable.
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.
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.
Vaccine availability is subject to change and you should not go to a site without a confirmed appointment.
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.