NYC Health + Hospitals is a leader in COVID-19 testing and now COVID-19 vaccination across New York City. We offer the vaccine to our employees and other health care workers in the community – group 1A. We also offer vaccinations to essential workers and New Yorkers 65 years of age and older and frontline essential workers: teachers and education workers, including childcare staff, first responders, public safety workers, and public transit workers – group 1B. Vaccines are available by appointment only.
If you already get your health care services at NYC Health + Hospitals, you must be a resident of New York State to be eligible for vaccine. If you are a new patient, you must live or work in one of the five boroughs of New York City to be eligible. For a complete list of documentation you can bring to your appointment as proof of eligibility, visit nyc.gov/covidvaccine.
Eligible groups include:
- Health care workers
- Home Health aides
- New Yorkers 65 and older
- Teachers and education workers, including child care staff
- First responders
- Public safety workers
- Public transit workers, now including TLC licensees
- Food and grocery store workers, now including restaurant workers
- New Yorkers experiencing homelessness who reside in congregate settings as well as staff
- Staff at COVID-19 testing and vaccination locations
- and more
Beginning Feb. 15, adult New Yorkers of any age with the following conditions qualify for the vaccine:
- Cancer (current or in remission, including 9/11-related cancers)
- Chronic kidney disease
- Pulmonary Disease, including but not limited to, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and 9/11 related pulmonary diseases
- Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities including Down Syndrome
- Heart conditions, including but not limited to heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, or hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) including but not limited to solid organ transplant or from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, use of other immune weakening medicines, or other causes
- Severe Obesity (BMI 40 kg/m2), Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
- Sickle cell disease or Thalassemia
- Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus
- Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
- Neurologic conditions including but not limited to Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia
- Liver disease
Click here for more details on the groups currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Make an Appointment Online at any NYC Health + Hospitals Location – We Have Vaccination Sites in Every Borough
For appointments by phone, call 1-877-VAX-4NYC or 1-877-829-4692
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What should I do before my appointment?
Before you visit a NYC Health + Hospitals site for your vaccination, keep in mind the following tips:
- If you are pregnant or breast feeding, please discuss vaccination with your doctor
- If you have a history of severe allergic reactions, please discuss vaccination with your doctor
- Reschedule your appointment if you have active COVID-19 or a COVID-19 test result pending as you will be unable to receive the vaccine until your illness has resolved
- Reschedule your appointment if you are not feeling well on the day of your appointment
- Bring a copy of your work ID, pay stub or letter from your employer verifying your eligibility
- If you are 65 years of age or older, please bring proof of your date of birth
- Bring your health insurance card/information to your appointment
- Wear a face covering to your appointment
Why should I get vaccinated?
When you get vaccinated, you are helping to protect yourself and your family and friends. You are also helping to make your community safer. We know New Yorkers care about their communities, including health care workers and small business owners. In clinical studies, both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were more than 94% effective at protecting participants from COVID-19. They were also shown to be safe and that you cannot get COVID-19 from them.
Do I need to take precautions even after I’m vaccinated?
Yes! Even after you are vaccinated, you will still need to practice these important COVID-19 prevention steps: stay home if you are sick, wash your hands, wear a face covering and keep physical distance from others.
To Learn More about the COVID-19 Vaccine, Visit:
New York State Department of Health
NYC Department of Health
Center for Disease Control