COVID-19 Vaccine Information
People 65 and older, those with underlying medical conditions, teachers and frontline essential workers in various categories are eligible to get the free COVID-19 vaccine (see full eligibility details here).
You must make an appointment to receive the vaccine, and it can be challenging because there are so many people trying to get an appointment but the state and our local sites are not getting enough vaccine supply yet. It's getting better, but it's still luck and persistence that seem to work in getting an appointment. If you don't see anything available, put it aside and try again a few hours later. One article said midnight is a good time if you are a night owl....
Your Community Board or City Councilor's office may be offering help to secure an appointment. Call them to find out.
Websites to search for an available appointment:
A volunteer-created site that searches for open appointments from 43 city and state-run administration sites in the NYC area. You will see a list and a button link to the vaccine site if appointments are available.
A volunteer-led effort with a clear list of available appointment locations and "sign up" button next to each site. The volunteers who manage this site intend to keep it updated minute-by-minute.
New York City's Official Vaccine Finder
Search by zipcode for a list of locations, each with their own appointment processor call 1-877-829-4692
Redesigned NYC site with an easier entry to search for an appointment near you.
If the “Schedule Your Vaccine” button is showing, press it and answer YES to the 2 questions to proceed or call them at 1-833-SOMOSNY (1-833-766-6769).
New York City Health & Hospitals
One form for the sites that they manage in most neighborhoods around the city
The state site shows whether appointments are available at the mass sites, including Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn (for zip codes 11206, 11221, 11216, 11238, 11225, 11213, 11233, 11207, 11208, 11236, 11212, 11203, 11226, 11210), York College in Queens (also certain zip codes), and the Javits Center in Manhattan.
Veterans: At this time, VA New York Harbor (Brooklyn) is offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to Veterans 65 years of age and older currently enrolled in VA Healthcare. Eligible Veterans must schedule an appointment by calling
1-877-877-9267. See our Bay Ridge Heroes page or this flyer for more info and other locations.
Walgreens Pharmacies. You will need to create an account to search for an appointment.
Rite Aid Pharmacies (various Brooklyn locations)
If you are a patient with NYU Langone or Northwell, check with the location nearest to you to see if they are offering the vaccine to their patients.
See this flyer for all the vaccine basics: “COVID-19 Vaccines: What Older New Yorkers Need to Know".
Don't fall for any vaccine scams! You should not have to pay anything for the vaccine; you will not receive a call asking for your Medicare or Social Security number to receive the vaccine. Review the warning list here.