Information about the New York State Vaccination Program

A Boost in the Fight Against COVID-19

Maximize your protection against COVID-19. Free booster shots are widely available statewide for eligible New Yorkers. A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will help currently eligible New Yorkers maximize their protection, prolong the vaccine’s durability and protect New Yorkers at higher risk of infection and severe disease. Currently, booster doses are only available to those who meet the eligibility criteria AND received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for their initial vaccine series at least six months ago.
Find out what you need to know at the new dedicated booster website, NY.gov/Boosters.

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: PfizerModerna 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.

Vaccination Locations

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. 

Questions

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.