COVID-19 Vaccine Access

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This page was created as a community place to share the latest availability for COVID-19 vaccinations. Please share verified information regarding availability of COVID-19 vaccines. This will help all people acquire information as to where and how to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination.

As of February 14, 2021, NYers with comorbidities and underlying conditions can sign up at the following state run sites accessed below. This will add to the current list of Hospital Workers, Essential Workers and 65+ are eligible for the vaccine. Vaccine supplies are limited everywhere and available only to those now eligible under each state’s phased plan. Most vaccine sites require you to schedule an appointment online or by phone. Appointments can be very hard to get, as available time slots are booked quickly, and you may experience long wait times on the phone. If a time slot is not available, you may be put on the site’s waiting list. Some people are signing up at multiple sites to increase chances of getting an appointment. Once you have a confirmed appointment, public health officials ask that you don’t schedule or confirm another with any other provider so that vaccine appointments stay open for others. 

NPR - How To Sign Up For A COVID-19 Vaccine In Your State  This reference will include a step by step guide for NY State and those pharmacies participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program: CLICK HERE.

Click for New York State resources:

As of March 3, 2021four new sites will open in Buffalo, Rochester, Albany and Yonkers. And appointments are initially reserved for eligible New Yorkers in qualifying zip codes. After a week, on March 10,  appointments will open up to all residents of counties served by each site.

NY State operated vax sites at York College in Jamaica and Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn will only accept borough residents at this time. For a complete listing of applicable zipcodes go to: https://nycvaccinelist.com/

Subscribe to New York State’s Coronavirus Updates HERE.

CALL THE NEW YORK STATE COVID-19 VACCINATION HOTLINE FOR DAILY INFORMATION ON CANCELLED APPOINTMENTS!  1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). (If lines are busy, they will return your call).

LOCAL DISTRIBUTION:

Have you pre-registered for a vaccine? Go to: Nassau County DOH -https://vaccine.nassaucountyny.gov/ 

Walgreens Drugstore: Several locations are now offering appointments! Supplies are limited. Website generally opens at 12:00 a.m. and vaccines become periodically available throughout the day. Check back frequently. You must pre-register for this site before obtaining an appointment. Information will need to be verified by Walgreens and may take over 24 hours. Only one appointment can be made at a time with a single email address. Another person may assist you in the process. Be prepared with locations, dates and times so that you may input your information with accuracy.

Go to Walgreens HERE:

  1. You’ll need to be signed into your Walgreens.com pharmacy account. Don’t have one? No problem. Creating one is quick and easy.
  2. Complete a short screening. 
  3. If you’re eligible, you’ll choose a location and time for your COVID-19 vaccination appointment.
  4. You’ll be able to schedule appointments for both your Dose 1 and Dose 2 vaccinations at the same time.
  5. If you feel ill on the day of your vaccination, please reschedule your appointment when you feel healthy and well.

CVS: Three CVS locations on LI now have limited numbers of vaccines. This number will increase within the next few weeks. (Requires insurance info. Do not have to pre-register.) Go to CVS HERE.

RITEAID PHARMACY (Currently very limited supplies!): Although the company is not yet taking appointments directly, those eligible for the vaccine can register their contact details to be notified when bookings open. Go to RiteAid HERE.

Rite Aid has just agreed to help administer vaccines in areas of NY State and NYC, but is not currently able to schedule appointments directly. Please see their eligibility and registration guide for more information. In some instances, you may need to visit a county website instead of the state’s website for the most relevant information. 

Also, check with your local pharmacy that may not be listed above. Smaller pharmacies periodically receive limited supplies of vaccines and will prioritize their customers.

NYC APPOINTMENT INFORMATION

A Young tech savvy guy is offering help in signing up for the vaccine in NYC! Read about him HERE. Visit for information HERE

HOSPITALS

NORTHWELL- REFERS TO NY STATE WEBSITE FOR APPOINTMENT

Hotline: NorthwellCovid 19 hotline is 1-844-919-8222

MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING HOSPITAL

COVID-19 Vaccine available as of 2/23:  COVID-19 vaccines are available to MSK patients age 18 and over, living in NY State and in active treatment since 1/1/20, and to our patients age 65 and over, living in NY State and in active treatment since 1/1/18. 

https://www.mskcc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine

MOUNT SINAI-(Nassau):

Brooklyn Interfaith Medical Center 1545 Atlantic ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213 

  • NO APPT NEEDED. (CALL TO CHECK AVAILABILITY) Requirements: Anyone above 65 or essential worker, and those with pre-existing conditions can get a vaccine. 
  • Phone: 718-613-4000. Dial “0”. Time 7:00 AM- 3.30 PM. After 2:00 PM, they stop new walk-ins.

HOW TO GET ASSISTANCE IN OBTAINING THE VACCINE:

NYIT Medical Outreach Program” This program assists New York residents interested in registering for the COVID-19 vaccine. * Text (631) 241-5952 and provide Name of Resident and phone number.

You can also join their Facebook Group: Search on NYIT Medical Outreach Program: Covid-19 Vaccine Assistance, click “Join Group”

Join your local NEXT DOOR for neighborhood exchange of information. Download  their app on your mobile device and receive email notifications.

TRANSPORTATION TO VACCINATION SITES:

Free Transportation options for seniors 65+ with vaccine appointments!

w/Medicaid: 844-666-6270     w/o Medicaid 646-349-0289

Town of North Hempstead Residents: Project Independence provides Taxi service for travel to medical appointments at very discounted rates. This service is available seven days a week.  An aide may ride for free. 

Queens Residents: Free transportation for seniors in City Council Member Paul Vallone's district, which includes The Bay Club. To schedule a ride, seniors may call the Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center at 718-224-7888 between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon and leave their name and phone number in a voicemail to schedule rides for the following day.

For appointments on a Saturday, Sunday or Monday, seniors should call the prior Friday.

Beginning March 1, the MTA enhance bus services to help get New Yorkers to our mass vaccination sites. The bus service route will go from Edgemere Houses in Queens and Pink Houses in Brooklyn to the vaccination sites from 6:30 a..m. to 9 p.m. and add new bus stops adjacent to the vaccination site at York College. 

TWITTER ACCOUNT USERS:

Here are some Twitter accounts that tweet to your phone as appointments open up. It seems good to sign up for a few of them, as they tweet different information at variable times, and there's such demand that open appointments fill up very quickly. Try scheduling for a later appointment when a group of them opens up, as everyone rushes to the first date available in a released set.

@turbovax
@nyvaccine
@nycshotslots

PLEASE NOTE: If unable to access a vaccination at this time, keep trying the websites throughout the day as spots do open up. If you find out about additional vaccine availability or help in getting transportation for vaccines, please contact Rhonda Kessler at and Jean Smith at We will continue to update this site. COVID-19 vaccination availability should come from a verified source and include where it is being offered, how to schedule, and the group of people for whom it is available.

*  Information is offered as a guide, not an endorsement or guarantee. Contact agency, see website, or speak with an advisor for the most complete and current information.                                  

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