COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine Pause
April 13 update: The CDC and FDA have recommended — out of an abundance of caution — a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine while they investigate six reported U.S. cases of a rare blood clot. Clients who were due to receive this type of vaccine will be notified that their appointments will be rescheduled. See the city's vaccine webpage for more info. The vaccine program for homebound residents was giving the J&J vaccine. If you had an appointment, you will be contacted. To apply for the vaccine-at-home, fill out this form online or call the Vaccine Reservation Center, (877) 829-4692.
Everyone 16 and older is eligible to get the free COVID-19 vaccine (see full eligibility details here). Note: People who are 16 and 17 years old are only eligible for the PFIZER vaccine. You must make an appointment to receive the vaccine. It can be a challenging process, but it is getting easier. Check with pharmacies near you or try a mass vaccination site like Medgar Evers
STAY SAFE: Online COVID-19 CheckUp Tool. Adults Over Age 75 Are at High Risk. Take the COVID-19
Check Up sponsored by the NY State Office for the Aging.
No Appointment Vaccines for 75 years and older (flyer)
Persons 75 and older plus the person accompanying them are eligible for no-appointment vaccines. Three vaccine locations are open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, including the Brooklyn Army Terminal, 140 58th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220. More locations are open with daytime hours — see this flyer for all the locations. (Expect to return for the 2nd dose after 3-4 weeks):
The City offers the 1-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccination at home for homebound elders. To be screened for a home vaccination, fill out this form online yourself, or fill it out on behalf of any homebound elders you know who have not been vaccinated. If you cannot use the form, call the Vaccine Reservation Call Center, (877) 829-4692, any time, any day.
Search for an available appointment:
Search by zipcode for a list of locations, each with their own appointment processor call 1-877-829-4692
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.
The state site shows whether appointments are available at the mass sites, including Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, now open to all Brooklyn residents.
Walgreens Pharmacies. You will need to create an account to search for an appointment.
Rite Aid Pharmacies (various Brooklyn locations)
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.
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
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.
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.
FREE Rides for Covid Vaccine
The Senior Citizen Transportation Program of Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island (JCCGCI) will provide transportation for seniors in Brooklyn to get the Covid-19 Vaccine. RIGHT AFTER you schedule a vaccine appointment, call JCCGCI to schedule a ride — schedule a week in advance if possible. They will safely take you, door-to-door, to and from your appointment.
To schedule a ride with JCCGCI, call (718) 449-5000 ext. 1 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Rides to City-Operated Vaccine Sites: Residents aged 65+ unable to travel for their vaccine are eligible for free vaccine transportation services to and from City vaccination sites with Curb-powered taxi services. Call 877-VAX-4NYC to make an appointment at a City-operated vaccination site or go check NYC Vaccine Finder. After making an appointment to get vaccinated, participants will be screened and directed to Curb’s 24/7 call center to book their trips, Access-a-Ride, or ambulette services as appropriate.
WATCH OUT FOR SCAMS
Please ignore any individual or organization claiming to be able to provide a vaccine in exchange for payment. No vaccine distributors will ask you for Social Security, credit card, or bank account information. The vaccine is completely free, regardless of whether you have health insurance. If you suspect any fraudulent activity relating to COVID-19, please call the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Action Center Hotline at 718-250-2340.449
For the latest New York City information you can call 311, or see the NYC Department of Health website. The page is available in multiple languages:
Continue to follow these basic guidelines:
New Yorkers 65 years and older and those with underlying health conditions are advised to stop non-essential activities and avoid social activities outside the household.
Stay home if sick: Only leave for essential medical care and testing or other essential errands.
Keep physical distance: Keep a 6 ft. social distance except with your trusted family and cohabitants.
Keep your hands clean: Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.