Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the COVID-19 vaccines and scheduling appointments are found, below. We provide links to the official government sites that will have the most up-to-date, timely information and answers for New York City, New York State, New Jersey and Connecticut, plus phone numbers to call for COVID-19 vaccine information.
How Do I Find the Nearest Vaccination Center?
Governments offer online tools to find where vaccines are being given near you. Due to how the vaccine is distributed, the place where vaccine appointments are available when you want one might not be the one nearest you.
New York City: nyc.gov/vaccinefinder (14 languages available). Enter your zip code or click location button to display map and details for mass vaccination sites, hubs, and pharmacies. | All NYC Vaccine Information
New York State: State-run vaccination centers (7 languages available). After filling out an online “Am I Eligible?” form, the site will show locations where vaccines are currently available. | All New York State Vaccine Information
Connecticut (7 languages available). Enter your zipcode to see locations near you.
Can I Make a Vaccine Appointment by Phone?
Yes, you can make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment by phone.
New York City: Call 1-877-VAX-4NYC (1-877-829-4692) and press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish (other languages also available). Daily, 24 hours. You can also call 311.
New York State: Call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). Daily, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. English and Spanish.
New Jersey: Call 1-855-568-0545. Daily, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; help is available in 240 languages.
Connecticut: Call 1-877-918-2224. Daily, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. English and Spanish.
Can I Get a Vaccine Without an Appointment
New in New York City as of April 23: New Yorkers age 16 and older can now walk up to get vaccinated at New York City-run vaccination sites without needing an appointment. See this New York City pdf form listing addresses by borough.
New in New York State as of April 23: Sixteen New York States mass vaccination sites will accept walk-in appointments for New Yorkers age 60 and older. See all site locations.
Who Is Eligible for the Vaccine?
The following official sites have the most up to date information about who is eligible by state.
New York City: nyc.gov/covidvaccinedistribution.
New York State: Phased Distribution. All individuals 12 years of age and older who reside in the U.S. can receive a vaccination in New York State.
New Jersey: Who Is Eligible Page. All individuals 12 years of age and older who live, work, or study in New Jersey can be vaccinated in New Jersey.
Connecticut: Who Is Eligible Page. All individuals 12 years of age and older who reside in Connecticut can receive a vaccination there; a state ID is not required.
Is the Vaccine Safe for People with Underlying Conditions?
Yes! Many people with underlying health conditions were included in the clinical trials and the vaccines were shown to be safe and effective for them.
Contact your health care provider if you have specific questions about the vaccine and your medical history.
Learn more on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) site, which has information for specific groups of people, including the disabled and those with underlying medical conditions, those who are pregnant and breastfeeding, those with allergies, and more.
Is the Vaccine Effective Against New Virus Strains?
Yes! Evidence shows the B.1.1.7 variant – first reported in the U.K. – and other emerging variants are more transmissible. But it also shows that the vaccines offer some protection from these new strains as well.
Learn more on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) site.
If I Already Had COVID-19 and Recovered, Do I Still Need the Vaccine?
Yes! The CDC recommends you get vaccinated even if you’ve already had COVID-19, because you can get the virus more than once.
What Are Possible Vaccine Side Effects?
It’s possible to feel soreness on the arm where you got the shot, a headache, chills, fever, or fatigue. That’s your body’s immune response and a sign that the vaccine is working. See the CDC site page for common side effects and tips.
If you don’t feel better in a day or two or the redness or soreness in your arm increases, contact your health care provider.
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