COVID-19 vaccinations

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

NYC Vaccine for All.  COVID-19 vaccines will likely be available for most New Yorkers by mid-2021. Vaccinations are free. The slowness of the vaccine rollout is currently due to the lack of supply of vaccines (coming from the Federal government).

Useful links

NYC COVID-19 vaccines page

NYC vaccine command center 

NYC vaccination plan
Mayor de Blasio announced on 12/31/20 that New York City will prioritize neighborhoods that have been hardest hit by the pandemic. 


NYC Vaccine eligibility & distribution 

NYS "Am I eligible?" app 

  • frontline health care workers
  • residents and staff of congregate care facilities. People in congregate care facilities will be vaccinated on site by pharmacies that are partnering with the Federal Government.  
  • teachers and education workers (Pre-K – grade 12)
  • licensed & registered child care providers
  • school bus drivers
  • first responders (police, firefighters)
  • EMS workers, public safety workers
  • public transit workers
  • people 65 years old+

To make an appointment

Call or schedule an appointment online.

Eligible people can call 877-VAX4NYC

NYC vaccination locations or More locations will be added. The Javits Center will be a mass vaccination location.

As of 1/8/2021 the nearest site for Murray Hill is: AdvantageCare Physicians - Flatiron District Medical Office, 21 East 22nd Street. Call for an appointment: 866-749-2660. This is expected to change as sites are added; check the website above for the most recent information.

New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form to be completed after you make an appointment for a vaccination You’ll receive a submission ID by email. Bring the submission ID to your appointment. NOTE: there may be a delay opening eligibility to persons 75-years-old+ until February.

NY State vaccine information

NY State vaccine distribution plan with eligibility phases

NY State FAQ

NYC Vaccine for All to Offer Transportation for NYC Seniors Seniors age 65 or older who are unable to make their own arrangements and need transportation to and from a COVID-19 vaccination appointment can sign up for transportation throughout the City. Older New Yorkers age 65 and over who make an appointment for 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. 

CDC COVID-19 vaccines page

The speed of the distribution of the vaccine also depends on how much of the vaccine can be obtained. People in Phase 1A will still have priority. To assist with Phase 1b vaccine administration, the expanded network will include doctor networks, Federally Qualified Health Centers, county health departments, ambulatory centers and pharmacies. Starting next week, 500 pharmacies will come online to assist in the vaccine distribution. All of these new providers will begin accepting vaccination reservations on Monday. If supplies of the vaccine are insufficient, the date of your appointment to be vaccinated may be weeks or months in the future.  Gov. Cuomo has called on agencies and organizations that have medical staff to organize vaccination programs for their own employees.


The vaccine supply chain

The Federal Government is distributing the vaccines to the states. The Federal government has also taken responsibility for on-site vaccinations of residents and staff in long-term care facilities, partnering with pharmacies: CVS, Walgreens and Managed Health Care Associates, Inc.

States will be responsible for distributing the supplies of the vaccine to local governments. New York State will also assist with administering the vaccines.

Local governments will administer the vaccines, according to CDC and State guidelines and priorties.

Agencies with medical capabilities will also administer vaccinations, such as the Teachers Union in NYC, the VA, the FDNY, NYPD, etc.


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