Many New Yorkers are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Information is changing regularly about the COVID vaccine, local and state government sites are the best source for updates and resources. You can learn more about the vaccine, its safety and the appointment process in the City of New York’s recent publication “COVID-19 Vaccines: What Older New Yorkers Need to Know".
DOROT volunteers are now helping with COVID-19 vaccine appointments! A team of dedicated volunteers are available to help schedule a vaccine appointment. If you are 65+ and want help with a vaccine appointment, please call DOROT's vaccine extension at 917-534-7332.
DOROT can also help fill out the NYC form to register for the in-home vaccine, for those who are unable to leave their homes. The in-home vaccine program administers the Moderna vaccine. You can find the form HERE.
All New Yorkers can now visit a number of Walk-Up COVID-19 Vaccination Sites without an appointment. See the full list of sites HERE.
Resources for Making a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment
When making an appointment, you can expect to have varied wait times and success at different times of the day – try to be patient!
- Local & State Government Vaccine Resources: Make a vaccine appointment and learn more about vaccine sites in New York.
- By Phone:
- Call 311.
- The NYC Vaccine Reservation Center at 1-877-829-4692 (1-877-VAX-4NYC).
- NYS COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-697-4829 (1-833-NYS-4-VAX) for information and scheduling appointments at NYS locations.
- For an overview and updates on NYC’s COVID-19 Vaccine roll-out, CLICK HERE.
- To find your nearest vaccination site using the NYC Vaccine Finder, CLICK HERE.
- To check if you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, CLICK HERE.
- If you are homebound and need to register for a vaccine to be administered at home in NYC, you can fill out the form HERE.
- By Phone:
- Additional Resources:
- Contact your doctor to inquire about appointments. If affiliated with certain hospitals, it may be possible to get a vaccine through their office.
- In an effort to provide any information that may help in making a vaccine appointment, we also want to share NYC Vaccine List, a new volunteer-run website that pulls vaccine appointment information from both the New York state and local websites. It clearly displays which vaccination sites currently have available appointments and which are filled to capacity. It’s important to refresh the page every few minutes to ensure you are getting updated information as it becomes available. To access the NYC Vaccine List website CLICK HERE.
Before you visit a vaccination site, keep the following tips in mind:
Reschedule your appointment if you are not feeling well on the day of your appointment.
Wear a face mask to your appointment. You will not be allowed into the site without one.
What to expect after you get the vaccine:
- To learn more about what to expect after you get your COVID vaccine, check out this booklet from the NYC Health Department "What You Need to Know After Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccine".
When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated:
COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.
If you’ve been fully vaccinated, you can:
- Gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
- Gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with is at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- In public you should still wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet apart from others, and avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
- READ MORE HERE
This information was pulled together from publicly available resources and sources. DOROT is not a medical expert and does not seek to make a determination as to the best course of action for any individual.