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.
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.
Since April 6, all residents 16 and older are able to make a reservation for an appointment. However, only the Pfizer vaccine has FDA approval for those age 16 and 17.
Visit https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ for more information regarding eligibility, how to sign up, and what vaccines are being offered in certain locations.
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 opened in Brooklyn and the Bronx on Sunday, Jan. 10, and are able 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
- Empire Outlets, 55 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
- The Health Department at 125 Worth Street Room 144. New York, NY 10013
- Queens Corona Clinic at 10404 Corona Ave., Corona NY 11368, Queens, NY.
- Vanderbilt Health + Hospitals Clinic at 165 Vanderbilt Ave, Staten Island, NY 10304.
OTHER NEW YORK CITY LOCATIONS
The mass vaccination sites at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, at 37th Street and 11th Avenue in Manhattan, and at Yankee Stadium, in the Bronx, are no longer operating fully 24/7, but are still administering vaccines. The Yankee Stadium site is eligible only to Bronx residents. Those interested in scheduling appointments should visit Somosvaccinations.com or call 1-833-SomosNY, or a handful of on-site ticket windows can help those that need in-person assistance.
Meanwhile, Citi Field opened Wednesday, Feb. 10 as a vaccination site, with the capacity to serve up to 7,000 people per day. Half of all appointments at Citi Field will be reserved for Queens residents, the other half for TLC licensees and food delivery workers, the mayor announced.
New York City said it was working with the state and the NBA's Nets in an effort to open up another megasite, this time at Barclays Center to cater to Brooklynites. The latest megasite to be announced will be opening in Co-op City, which is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday.
On Feb. 17, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced 13 community-based pop-up vaccination sites -- including in New York City -- would come online at community centers, public housing complexes and cultural centers. These sites are expected to vaccinate 3,850 people throughout the week, with more sites coming online every week.
Nearly a month later, on March 9, Cuomo said that an additional state-run vaccination center would be established in the Bronx. That one will be located at the Bay Eden Senior Center in the Edenwald section.
Overall, there are nearly 200 vaccination sites in the five boroughs so far. Appointments are scheduled directly with the host site or partner provider who work with community organizations and community leaders to identify New Yorkers from that specific community who are eligible to obtain a vaccination.
NYC Test & Trace Corps announced on March 29 that in an effort to reach more vulnerable older New Yorkers with the COVID-19 vaccine, New Yorkers age 75 and over plus one eligible New Yorker of any age are now able to get vaccinated together without appointments at the 24/7 mass vaccination sites operated by the NYC Test & Trace Corps at Brooklyn Army Terminal, Bathgate and Citi Field.
Walk-up vaccinations for New Yorkers age 75 and older plus one eligible escort are now available at the following 24/7 sites operated by the NYC Test & Trace Corps.
- Brooklyn Army Terminal: 140 58th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220
- Bathgate Contract Postal Station: 4006 3rd Avenue, Bronx, NY 10457
- Citi Field: 36-2 126th St., Queens, NY 11368
Due to the success of those locations, the program for older New Yorkers will expand to 26 more places throughout the five boroughs, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, although it was not clear if they would operate 24/7 as well. There will be eight locations in Brooklyn, six in Manhattan, five in the Bronx, five in Queens and two in Staten Island. For a list of those locations, click here.
The City offers free transportation to and from vaccine sites for adults who are over age 65 or have an ambulatory, visual, intellectual, or developmental disability. To reserve transportation, including ambulette and cab options, call 877-VAX-4-NYC. An operator will walk through eligibility and provide other options over the phone based on the caller's need.
De Blasio stressed the success of the city's pop-up vaccination sites on April 7, before announcing additional pop-up locations in some consulates, senior/retirement centers and NYCHA buildings.
Additionally, de Blasio also announced a number of vaccine sites ready to launch the week of April 12.
- Stevenson Family Health Center
- Lehman College
- Northeast Bronx YMCA
- Lasante Health Center
- Brightpoint/Sun River Health Center
- Modell's at Queens Center Mall
- Former Babies R Us at the Staten Island Mall
On Monday, April 12, de Blasio will be on hand to celebrate the opening of a new Times Square vaccination site dedicated to the theater industry.
The mayor announced plans to launch that dedicated vaccination site late last month. In reaffirming the opening Monday, de Blasio said the site would also serve film and TV workers. The city is working with the unions on outreach, he said.
As a result of the pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccines being administered following CDC guidance, the mayor said the city's initiative to get the vaccine to homebound seniors will have to be suspended for the time being, as that relied on using the J&J shot. De Blasio said their hope is to get back running as soon as possible.
To see the remainder of other recently announced pop-up sites, scroll to the New York State section below.
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.
State-run mass sites can be found throughout the state, including at:
- The New York State Fair Expo Center in Syracuse
- In White Plains at the Westchester County Center
- Three locations on Long Island: SUNY Stony Brook Southampton Campus, Suffolk Community College in Brentwood and SUNY Old Westbury
- Two sites in the Hudson Valley: Diana Physical Education Center at SUNY Orange and the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz
- Rockland Community College's Eugene Levy Fieldhouse in Suffern
- The Queensbury Aviation Mall in the Capital Region
- SUNY Oneonta in the Mohawk Valley
- Corning Community College in the Southern Tier
- The Conference and Events Center - Niagara Falls in Western New York
On March 25, the MTA announced it was launching a new vaccination site at the Jamaica LIRR Station in Queens – increasing employee accessibility to COVID-19 vaccine.
To date, more than 21,000 employees have been vaccinated with thousands more expected in the coming weeks. The new center, located within the Jamaica Control Center building is open every Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Partner Mobile Health provides nurses, pharmacists, EMTs and other medical support. Every Friday 200 MTA employees will be able to receive the Pfizer vaccine at the new location.
Federal Emergency Management Agency will establish four additional community-based vaccination sites in Buffalo, Rochester, Albany and Yonkers. These four major vaccination sites outside of New York City will vaccinate approximately 1,000 New Yorkers each day beginning the first week of March, and appointments will be initially reserved for members of the community in which the sites are located.
Eligible New Yorkers are able to schedule appointments to these FEMA mass vaccination sites by utilizing New York's 'Am I Eligible' website or by calling the state's COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
The four sites are located at the addresses below. Each are operating from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.:
- Buffalo, Erie County: Delavan Grider Community Center, 877 E. Delavan Ave., Buffalo, NY 14215
- Rochester, Monroe County: Former Kodak Hawkeye parking lot at Ave E, 1345 St. Paul Street, Rochester New York, 14621
- Albany, Albany County: Washington Ave. Armory, 195 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
- Yonkers, Westchester County: New York National Guard Armory, 2 Quincy Place, Yonkers, NY 10701
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.
Starting April 19, all New Jersey residents age 16 and older will be eligible for the vaccine. Click here to register for the vaccine if you meet the criteria.
New Jersey launched a toll free vaccine hotline to answer general questions about vaccines, determining who is and is not eligible to be vaccinated and help find vaccine locations: 855-568-0545
Medical Questions about COVID-19: 1-800-962-1253 (24/7)
Text NJCOVID to 898-211 for alerts.
The state opened a FEMA vaccination center at the Naimoli Family Athletic and Recreational Facility at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. That site will have the capacity to vaccinate 6,000 individuals per day, seven days per week, and all vaccines there will come from the federal government's supply, meaning it won't count as part of the state's allocation.
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. The state will also have two FEMA-run sites in Trenton and Vineland, which are expected to open the first week of March.
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.
All Connecticut residents 16 and older are eligible to get an appointment for a coronavirus vaccine. In order to help administer as many vaccines as possible with the largest group now eligible, Gov. Ned Lamont announced that 100 additional pharmacies throughout the state would be added to the list of locations where shots would be available.
It's important to remember that access to vaccines and information change rapidly, so check back often for the most up-to-date information.