The tri-state continues to take major steps forward in the fight against the coronavirus -- including opening up who is eligible for vaccination as well as setting up mass vaccination sites to keep the process moving quickly.
Millions are already eligible for shots in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut -- with eligibility expanding on a regular basis across the three states and the U.S.
The following guide compiles the basic information on the vaccination plans for the tri-state area and answers common questions on registration and other issues.
New York City
CHECK ELIGIBILITY AND REGISTER
New York launched the new "Am I Eligible" app to help New Yorkers determine if they meet the criteria to receive the vaccine and connect users to administration centers for information and to schedule appointments, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
Visit https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ for more information.
New York City and New Jersey Vaccine Providers
Click on each provider to find more information on scheduling appointments for the COVID-19 Vaccine.
Data: City of New York, State of New Jersey • Nina Lin / NBC
24/7 VACCINATION CENTERS IN NYC
The city's first 24/7 vaccination sites in Brooklyn and the Bronx, which opened on Sunday, Jan. 10, plan to vaccinate up to 2,000 people per day at each location.
It's important to note that individuals will only be admitted by appointment.
The 24/7 vaccination sites are located in:
- Bathgate Contract Postal Station Business Service Center, 4006 3rd Ave., The Bronx, NY 10457
- Brooklyn Army Terminal, 80 58th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220
- The Health Department at 125 Worth Street Room 144. New York, NY 10013
- The Vanderbilt Health + Hospitals Clinic at 165 Vanderbilt Ave, Staten Island, NY 10304.
Additionally, more 24/7 sites are scheduled to open week soon.
- Saturday, Jan. 16: The Queens Corona Clinic at 10404 Corona Ave., Corona NY 11368, Queens, NY.
- Empire Outlets on Staten Island
Additionally, the state has opened a mass vaccination site at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, at 37th Street and 11th Avenue, in Manhattan.
Another state-run mass site is located in the New York State Fair Expo Center, 581 State Fair Blvd., in Syracuse, which also opened up Wednesday, as is the vaccination site in White Plains at the Westchester County Center, located at 198 Central Avenue.
On Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the Mets' stadium, Citi Field, will open on Monday, Jan. 25, as a 24/7 vaccination site and will have the capacity to serve up to 7,000 people per day.
Overall, there are more than 160 vaccination sites in the five boroughs so far.
Tracking Coronavirus in Tri-State
HOW DO I FIND A VACCINATION SITE IN OR NEAR MY NYC NEIGHBORHOOD?
You can find a COVID-19 vaccine site using the Vaccine Finder tool. The finder is designed to make the process easier for New Yorkers to find provider locations closest to their home and to schedule an appointment for vaccination.
Please note that each provider manages their own schedules and appointments. This tool is meant to aggregate all of that information and make it easily accessible to New Yorkers.
The state and city of New York recommends not registering if you still do not meet the criteria to receive the vaccine.
Eligible New Yorkers can also call 311 to make an appointment to obtain their COVID-19 vaccine or they can also call the city hotline at 877-VAX-4NYC or 877-829-4692.
WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE MY APPOINTMENT?
If you qualify, then you will need to complete the New York State COVID-19 Immunization Form (PDF) in order to get vaccinated. The state requires the provider who administers the vaccine to verify that you completed the form.
Before visiting a site for your vaccination, consider the following tips:
- Reschedule your appointment if you are not feeling well on the day you scheduled the visit.
- Wear the mask for your appointment. You will not be admitted to the site without one.
- After receiving the vaccine, you will undergo a 15-minute observation period before you can leave.
Those who receive their first dose will receive a vaccination card, as well as an appointment for the second dose.
When Could I Get the Vaccine?
Answer the questions to calculate your risk profile and see where you fall in your county's and state's vaccine lineup. This estimate is based on a combination of vaccine rollout recommendations from the CDC and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
For a more detailed breakdown of who is included in each priority group, see this methodology.
Source: the Vaccine Allocation Planner for COVID-19 by Ariadne Labs and the Surgo Foundation
Interactive by Amy O’Kruk/NBC
New York State
If you think you meet the criteria to receive the vaccine, you will need to fill out the New York State form at https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/.
If you qualify, the website displays a confirmation message and provides a list of nearby provider and pharmacy locations that can administer the vaccine. You can also receive a certification by email.
In some locations, there is a website to schedule an appointment. For others, there is a phone number you must call to set up a reservation.
If you are unable to complete the form online, the state launched the hotline 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829) to assist you with finding out if you are eligible and scheduling an appointment to receive the vaccine.
You can also check a list of locations by New York region right here.
There are currently more than 100 vaccination sites with at least one in each of New Jersey's 21 counties. In six months, New Jersey aims to vaccinate 70% of the adult population.
Medical Questions about COVID-19: 1-800-962-1253 (24/7)
Text NJCOVID to 898-211 for alerts.
The Garden State also counts with six mega vaccination sites:
- The Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford
- Rockaway Townsquare Mall, Morris County
- New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, Edison
- Moorestown Mall, Burlington County
- Rowan College South Jersey, Gloucester County
- Atlantic City Convention Center
Additionally, New Jersey currently lists 120 satellite sites on its vaccine center web portal. Health officials said not all sites appear on the list as some are not yet open to the public, such as those in prisons and psychiatric hospitals.
WHAT INFORMATION WILL I BE ASKED WHEN I RECEIVE THE VACCINE?
Every person who receives the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey will automatically be enrolled in the New Jersey Immunization Information System, under an executive order issued in November by Governor Murphy. This system already enrolls anyone born after January 1, 1998 to track compliance with mandatory school immunizations and avoid unnecessary duplication of immunizations. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, it will also automatically include adults who receive a COVID vaccine. Thirty days after the public health emergency is declared over, adults can “opt out” of the registry.
Vaccine administrators will need contact information to keep track of the vaccine you received and to remind you of the need for a second dose. They are also likely to request information to determine your priority group and insurance coverage, although the state Department of Health has not answered questions about what specific information will be collected.
Information on eligibility and immunization schedule can be found at ct.gov/covidvaccine/access. The state estimates that the vaccine will not be widely available to the general public until late summer or fall 2021.
It's important to remember that access to vaccines and information change rapidly, so check back often for the most up-to-date information.