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 March 29, residents 75 and older can arrive without an appointment at three New York City-run sites: Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park; Bathgate in the Bronx; and Citi Field in Queens. See this City form for all addresses.
Anyone escorting a senior citizen who is getting a vaccine at these locations can get vaccinated as well, as long as they are eligible.
Who Is Eligible for the Vaccine?
Eligibility for the vaccine differs in each state, and eligibility expands to more groups of people regularly. These official sites have the most up to date information about who is eligible. Eligibility in each state is primarily based on age, occupation, type or living residence, and pre-existing health conditions.
New York City: nyc.gov/covidvaccinedistribution.
Connecticut: Who Is Eligible Page
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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