COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine




Please note that COVID-19 vaccine information is changing frequently.
This web page will be updated as new information becomes available.




COVID-19 Vaccine Updates


February 1, 2021 Updates


January 27, 2021 Updates

  • If you have received a COVID-19 vaccination — or once you are– register for the CDC’s V-safe online tool, which texts a weekly symptoms survey to your smartphone to track any post-vaccine side effects and helps public health experts track the vaccine’s effectiveness.
  • New Yorkers can track the State’s vaccination progress through the COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker. The dashboard provides updates on the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine including the number of doses received by the state, a breakdown of first and second doses, and the number of people who have received first and second doses in each region. When supply increases we are ready to get shots into arms. Until then, patience is difficult but required. Wear a mask, socially distance and stop the spread.
  • Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has a concise and easy to understand explainer detailing who can receive the vaccine and how to get it. MBP Brewer has created a Testing & Vaccine webpage on my site in an attempt to create a one-stop portal.
  • Beware of COVID vaccine fraud. To help root out vaccination fraud or scams across the State, New York established a hotline that New Yorkers can call to report suspected fraud. It is a red flag if anyone is promising you the vaccine in exchange for payment. To make a report, call 1-833-VAX-SCAM (1-833-829-7226) or email


January 11, 2021 Updates:

    • NYC has launched its new vaccine registration website: Once you access the website, you will be prompted to enter your address or zip code, and you will be able to see all live vaccine sites within the existing health care infrastructure (Federally Qualified Health Centers, Urgent Care Centers, pharmacies, doctors offices, etc) in New York City. For each vaccine site, a phone number or link is provided to schedule an appointment. Supply of vaccine is very limited and will fluctuate daily, so it is unlikely that you will be able to make an appointment right away. Vaccine sites are scheduling appointments no more than a couple of weeks out because they are uncertain about vaccine supply.

City officials have informed my office that additional vaccine sites are coming online every day, and new appointment slots will be added on a regular basis – they encourage you to check the website frequently for updated availability of appointments.

Before an appointment, all New Yorkers will need to complete the NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Form (PDF) in order to get vaccinated. The State requires the provider administering the vaccine to check completion of the form. Additionally, eligible essential workers will need to bring proof of employment, such as an employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, or a recent pay stub. Everyone is required to wear a face covering and social distance at the vaccine site. If you are not feeling well the day of your appointment, please stay home and reschedule your appointment.

If you have questions or concerns about the FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines, please take a look at the following fact sheet developed by the NYC Health Department:


January 8, 2021 Update: The Governor announced that members of Group 1B will be eligible for the vaccine starting Monday, January 11, 2021.

If you are 75 or above and live independently, or if you are in one of the following categories of frontline essential workers, you will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday, January 11th:

    • Education workers (pre-K through 12 teachers and education workers, licensed and registered childcare providers, and school-bus drivers);
    • First responders (local police, State Police, Sheriff’s Office employees, professional and volunteer firefighters);
    • EMS workers (including professional and volunteer paramedics and EMTs);
    • Public transit workers (airline and airport employees, passenger railroad employees, subway and mass transit employees, ferry employees, Port Authority employees, and public bus drivers); and
    • Public safety workers.

The following is what we know at this time:

    • Certain doctor offices, pharmacies, community-based clinics, and other vaccine sites will be administering vaccinations by appointment.
    • Group 1A New Yorkers (health care workers, including independent health care workers, home care workers, and hospice workers) can continue to schedule an appointment at participating hospitals and designated community vaccine sites. Please visit and
    • The Governor is asking large union groups such as police, firefighter, and teachers unions to organize their administration of the vaccine if possible, in which case they would receive a weekly vaccine allocation from local health departments.
    • The City and State have both stated that it will be possible to schedule an appointment online and by phone.

Today, the Governor’s Office shared that the State vaccine reservation website will be accessible as of 8:00 a.m. on Monday. The telephone call-in center will begin operations at 4:00 p.m. on Monday.

Additional reservation information should be provided Monday or shortly thereafter. I will share this information with you once it is available.

    • There are 3.2 million New Yorkers in Group 1B. It is estimated that it will take 14 weeks to vaccinate everyone in Group 1B, which is subject to change.

Please Note:

    • Due to the high volume of New Yorkers in Group 1B who will be making vaccine reservations, it will likely be necessary to call several times before you are able to speak with a representative.
    • Reservation websites may experience technical issues due to the high volume of New Yorkers making reservations online.
    • Even though Group 1B New Yorkers are eligible for the vaccine as of Monday, you may have to wait weeks or up to 3 months to get the vaccine due to limited supplies of the vaccine.


  • As outlined in New York’s vaccination program, high-risk health care workers, nursing home residents and staff will be the first New Yorkers to receive the vaccine. “High-risk” hospital workers include emergency room workers, ICU staff and pulmonary department staff. The State expects all “high-risk” hospital staff will receive a vaccine by the end of week two. Other long-term and congregate care staff and residents and EMS and other health care workers will follow high-risk health care workers. Essential workers and the general population, starting with those who at the highest risk, will be vaccinated after these initial priority groups.


  • New York has opted into the federal government’s nursing home vaccination program. Under the federal program, employees of CVS and Walgreens will vaccinate residents and staff at these facilities, much like they do for the flu vaccine. We expect deliveries for this program to begin arriving next week and the federal administration program to begin by December 21st. New York is dedicating a portion of our initial 170,000 doses to this program. Portions of future state allocations will also be used to help complete the program and ensure all residents and staff are vaccinated.


  • The CDC has agreed to remove requirements on vaccine reporting data that could have been used to identify immigration status. This means that New York will not send any personally identifying information to the federal government in vaccine distribution—ensuring that no one feels dissuaded from getting vaccinated due to immigration status.


  • The New York National Guard will participate in a vaccine pilot program. The NY National Guard has been selected by the Department of Defense as one of the 16 pilot programs across the nation to be part of the limited distribution of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to military personnel. Members of the New York Army and Air National Guard who serve as part of the State’s COVID response efforts will be eligible for the vaccine.


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  • New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Website – One-stop shop for vaccine information, safety, distribution, FAQs:





  • NYC Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Locations for Eligible New Yorkers (as of January 9, 2021, eligible New Yorkers include members of Group 1A – all health care providers, including independent health care providers, home care workers, and hospice workers; members of Group 1B – New Yorkers who are 75 and above, and designated frontline essential workers are not eligible until Monday, January 11, 2021):



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  • Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker (New York Times): Vaccines typically require years of research and testing before reaching the clinic, but scientists are racing to produce a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine by next year. Researchers are testing 58 vaccines in clinical trials on humans, and at least 86 preclinical vaccines are under active investigation in animals.



  • How Moderna’s Vaccine Works (New York Times): Moderna, a Massachusetts-based vaccine developer, partnered with the National Institutes of Health to develop and test a coronavirus vaccine known as mRNA-1273. A clinical trial demonstrated that the vaccine has an efficacy rate of 94.1 percent in preventing Covid-19.




  • After you get the vaccine, which activities can you safely resume? Experts answered (NY Times)


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Vaccine FAQs

  • High-risk hospital workers (emergency room workers, ICU staff and Pulmonary Department staff)
  • Residents and staff at nursing homes and other congregate care facilities
  • Federally Qualified Health Center employees
  • EMS workers
  • Coroners, medical examiners and certain funeral workers
  • Staff and residents at OPWDD, OMH and OASAS facilities
  • Urgent Care providers
  • Individuals administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staff

Beginning January 4, 2021: 

    • All Outpatient/Ambulatory front-line, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care
    • All staff who are in direct contact with patients (i.e., intake staff)
    • All front-line, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID-19 tests, handling COVID-19 specimens and COVID-19 vaccinations
    • This includes, but is not limited to,
      • Doctors who work in private medical practices and their staff
      • Doctors who work in hospital-affiliated medical practices and their staff
      • Doctors who work in public health clinics and their staff
      • Registered Nurses
      • Specialty medical practices of all types
      • Dentists and Orthodontists and their staff
      • Psychiatrists and Psychologists and their staff
      • Physical Therapists and their staff
      • Optometrists and their staff
      • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Aides
      • Home care workers
      • Hospice workers
    • Staff of nursing homes/skilled nursing facilities who did not receive COVID vaccination through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program


Group 1B (the below designated frontline essential workers and New Yorkers 75 and above) will be eligible starting Monday, January 11, 2021. The City and State have announced that vaccine reservation websites and call centers will be available. We expect to receive more information on Monday or shortly thereafter:

    • Education workers (pre-K through 12 teachers and education workers, licensed and registered childcare providers, and school-bus drivers);
    • First responders (local police, State Police, Sheriff’s Office employees, professional and volunteer firefighters);
    • EMS workers (including professional and volunteer paramedics and EMTs);
    • Public transit workers (airline and airport employees, passenger railroad employees, subway and mass transit employees, ferry employees, Port Authority employees, and public bus drivers); and
    • Public safety workers.

The Governor estimated that it will take 14 weeks to vaccinate members of Group 1B based on the current rate that vaccine supply is received in New York.

Group 1C includes adults with high-risk medical conditions, and New Yorkers 65 and above. It is not possible to say specifically when members of Group 1C will be eligible for the vaccine, but it will likely be at least several months. I will provide updates as new information becomes available.


  • Question: Do I need an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccination?
    Answer: The majority of NYC vaccine sites will be administering vaccinations by appointment only. This will help prevent having to stand in line to get a vaccination. As of January 9, 2021, health care workers, home care workers, and hospice workers can visit the following web pages to schedule an appointment: and Once information is made available as to how designated essential workers and New Yorkers 75 and above can schedule an appointment starting Monday, January 11th, I will post that information here.


  • Question: Once I am vaccinated against COVID-19, can I still contract the virus?
    Answer: Public health officials state that we are still learning what the vaccine does. Clinical trials have demonstrated that the vaccine protects people against getting sick from the virus, but it is unknown whether you can still contract and spread the virus to others.


  • Question: How many doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines do I need to have?
    Answer: The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines both require two doses. The second vaccination is administered 3-4 weeks after the first.


  • Question: At what point after getting vaccinated will I have immunity against the virus?
    Answer: After getting vaccinated with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you will have optimal immunity 7-10 days after receiving the second dose of the vaccine.


  • Question: How long will I have immunity against the virus?
    Answer: At this point, it is unknown how long immunity will last. More will be learned as additional research and testing is conducted.


  • Question: After getting vaccinated, can I stop wearing a face covering, social distancing, and washing my hands frequently?
    Answer: Although it has been determined that getting vaccinated against the virus will prevent you from getting sick, it is unknown whether the vaccination will prevent you from contracting and spreading the virus to others. Therefore, it is crucial that we all continue to wear a face covering, practice social distancing, wash our hands frequently, and follow other safety measures until we have achieved herd immunity.



Council Member Mark Levine’s NYC COVID Vaccination Plan FAQ

Special thanks to Council Member Mark Levine for allowing my office to share this helpful resource with constituents and other community members.


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