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October 12, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Information


Pfizer booster doses are now available for certain groups of people who received the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago. Those groups are:


  • People who are 65 or older.

  • People who are 18 or older with an underlying medical condition, or

  • People who are 18 or older and live in a nursing home or other long-term care facility.

  • People who are 18 or older at higher risk of COVID-19 exposure due to occupational (e.g. healthcare workers) or institutional setting (e.g. people who live in shelters).


Eligible New Yorkers are able to access booster shots (as of September 24, 2021) and will need to attest to their eligibility.


Separately, please note that there has been no change to the August guidelines about third doses for people with underlying conditions. Adults who received the Pfizer OR Moderna vaccine at least 28 days ago, and are moderately to severely immunocompromised, are still eligible for a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, as part of their initial vaccination series. Eligible New Yorkers can access third doses citywide and need to attest to their eligibility.


Those who received the J&J vaccine are not eligible for additional doses of the vaccine at this time. 


The NYC vaccine referral bonus program continues to be available to small businesses, restaurants, civic organizations, including community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and Parent-Teacher Associations. These are all eligible to receive a $100 vaccine referral bonus for each employee or customer that they refer to a City-run vaccine site for their first shot. The referred individual is still eligible to receive their own $100 bonus. To sign up for the program businesses and organizations should use the same form we have previously shared, available here.


The City has created a vaccine fact sheet which can be found here, and is available in additional languages here.


NYC Mobile Vaccine Buses continue to provide vaccines. The full schedule of mobile vaccine locations can be found online here. Walk-ups are welcome and you can also book in advance through the Vax4NYC website.


As a reminder, New Yorkers ages 12 years and older can continue to receive their COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment at select sites across NYC. Sites can be found here.


While walk-up vaccines are available at City-operated vaccination sites, appointments can still be made by using


Vaccination and Testing Apps


New Yorkers can meet vaccine and/or testing requirements by carrying their paper vaccination card with them or scanning and storing it in one of two authorized mobile apps - Excelsior Pass Wallet and NYC Covid Safe.


The Excelsior Pass Wallet, developed for New York State, allows an individual to find and store their proof of vaccination right on their phone with a QR code, or to print out their QR code instead. New York residents who were vaccinated out of State can learn more about their options at the Excelsior Pass FAQ. The app, called NYS Wallet, is available for download on iPhone and Android phones.


The NYC Covid Safe app doesn’t connect directly to vaccine records. The app allows a person to upload a vaccine card and/or a recent COVID test. The vaccine card will stay on the app unless removed, but test results will disappear from the app after seven days. The app is also available for download on iPhone and Android phones.


COVID-19 Testing


Free in-home COVID PCR testing is now available for all immunocompromised New Yorkers and people 65+. Call 929-298-9400 to schedule an appointment.


Free testing continues to be available throughout the five boroughs. A schedule of mobile testing locations throughout the City as well as detailed information on locations and types of testing offered at regular testing sites (including rapid testing and antibody tests) can be found here. Locations of testing sites can also be accessed by texting “COVID TEST” to 855-48. These are no cost testing sites open to all New Yorkers.


The Test-and-Trace corps offers the COVID 19 Wait Times Dashboard, which displays estimated wait times for NYC Health + Hospitals COVID-19 testing locations. This wait time information is updated by site staff every two hours.