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District 4

Keith Powers

Upper East Side, Carnegie Hill, Yorkville, Central Park South, Midtown East, Times Square, Koreatown, Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, Waterside Plaza, Tudor City, Turtle Bay, Murray Hill, Sutton Place

I want to ensure that you have updated information, FAQs, and resources regarding the vaccine rollout process.

My office introduced Your Shot, a program to make sure that you have the assistance and information you need in making an appointment and more. We’ve recruited volunteers for our effort, too. Submit and sign up.

Who is currently eligible for the vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed in phases. As of April 6, all New Yorkers 16+ are eligible.

The eligibility groups are determined by New York State. Find the latest on eligibility here.

Can I make an appointment? Where will I be able to receive the vaccine?
As of April 23, all NYC-run vaccine sites allow walk ins with no appointment. Individuals can find a location at: vaccinefinder.nyc.gov | nyc.gov/Vax4NYC
You can also visit: NYCVaccineList.com |  https://www.turbovax.info/

Hospitals, doctors’ offices, and pharmacies will be instrumental in the vaccine distribution process.

You can also call 1-877-VAX-4NYC (1-877-829-4692) between 8:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M. to book an appointment, which will be based on supply.

Is there an easier way to make an appointment? Why was it so difficult?
Appointments are most available after New York City receives the weekly allocation of doses, which is typically on Tuesdays. Many appointments are newly listed just after midnight following allocations in the middle of the week.

In recent weeks, it has become clear that New York City is serving as a vaccination hub for the region, with a large portion of the city’s vaccine doses being administered to residents from outside the five boroughs. In order to compensate to ensure enough doses are going to New Yorkers, I have asked Governor Cuomo to adjust the allocation of the vaccine and increase the share for New York City.

Based on current vaccine supply, appointments will be limited. Governor Cuomo recently announced that New York’s vaccine supply would increase by 20% over the next three weeks.

Do I need to make an appointment for my second dose of the vaccine?
For the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, you will make an appointment for the second dose of the vaccine at the time you receive the first one, at that same location 21-28 days later. Vaccine doses will be reserved for second doses. The recently approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires a single dose. On April 13, the CDC and FDA issued a joint statement recommending a pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Details can be found here. As a result, New York vaccine sites offering Johnson & Johnson offered alternative vaccinations for those with scheduled appointments. To note, of the more than 6.8 million administered Johnson & Johnson vaccines, the CDC and FDA are reviewing six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot following vaccination. Johnson & Johnson has since resumed an option for vaccination.

What do I need to do to prepare for my appointment?
Once you make your appointment, you will need to have various materials ready to show that you are eligible, including proof of residency. Details on proof of eligibility, including for those with underlying conditions, can be found here. Be sure to follow the directions given by the site you made the appointment, as well.

Before your appointment, complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine form: https://forms.ny.gov/s3/vaccine

I need help with transportation to my vaccine appointment. What are my options?
Per the City, New Yorkers aged 65 and over who make an appointment for a vaccine at a City-operated site will be asked whether they have a way to get to and from their appointment. If they require transportation, they will be screened and directed to transportation options, including Access-a-Ride, ambulette services, cab service via Curb and in a few weeks, transportation by select Senior Center programs. 

You can also make a request through the State Department of Health: https://forms.ny.gov/s3/vaccine

How will I know when it’s my turn to be vaccinated?
I have requested that the Department of Health (DOH) expand the pre-registration system for all New Yorkers to proactively sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine. Allowing for pre-registration would ease concerns about the complex phasing for availability and inform New Yorkers as they become eligible for vaccination.

Can I get the vaccine at home?
The City is partnering with the Department for the Aging, Medicaid Health Plans, and HRO to call thousands of homebound seniors who will be referred to a new city-run initiative to provide vaccinations in the home. FDNY will deploy field teams with nurses to vaccinate older adults aged 65 and older in select residential buildings identified by DFTA and HPD.

If you are a fully homebound senior, you can express interest and sign up for the program here: https://forms.cityofnewyork.us/f/homebound

What COVID-19 vaccines are available?
Two vaccines are authorized for distribution across the country, from pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna. Each vaccine requires two doses to be most effective. There are other vaccines nearing the end of clinical trials, some of which require fewer doses and are more easily stored. A third vaccine from Johnson & Johnson was approved on February 27. Johnson & Johnson is a single-dose shot. On April 13, the CDC and FDA issued a joint statement recommending a pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Details can be found here. Johnson & Johnson has since resumed an option for vaccination.

Can I choose between them?
Availability determines which vaccine is administered at a specific site. At this time, the DOH has limited supply of each vaccine. The Vaccine Finder will show which vaccine is being offered at which site. This will not change day-to-day as individuals are required to return to the first dose location for the second dose if it is Moderna or Pfizer, and the vaccine brand must be the same for both doses.

Is the vaccine safe?
There have been no significant safety concerns reported regarding administration of the vaccine. You can learn more about safety measures from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

How many doses does New York City have? How many have been distributed?
You can find the latest data on DOH’s vaccine tracker.

How can I protect myself against the different variants?
Continue to maintain social distancing and wear masks: based on guidance from the CDC, it is recommended to wear a cloth mask over a medical mask. Find out more about the variants from NYC DOHMH.

When will everyone who is eligible for a vaccine be able to get one on demand?
President Biden originally announced that the federal government expects to have enough supply of doses to vaccinate 300 million Americans by this July. That timeline has since accelerated to the end of May.

Where can I find out more about the vaccination process?
Visit nyc.gov/covidvaccine.

Following vaccination, be sure to continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing, per CDC recommendations.