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Get the COVID-19 Vaccine!

If you are not vaccinated, now is the time to protect your family and get the COVID Vaccine!

New York City Vaccination Sites are currently offering a $100 incentive to those who get vaccination appointments, while supplies last. Go to vax4nyc.nyc.gov/incentives once you get vaccinated to learn more.

Why is the Vaccine important?

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As of September 13, 2021, indoor venues in New York City, including indoor dining, gyms, and movie theaters, are required to get proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and a photo ID for any customers to enter as part of the “Key To NYC” program. Learn more about the program here.

Is the vaccine safe?

The vaccine is safe. The COVID vaccine can have side effects, but the vast majority are very short term and not serious or dangerous. The most common side effects, if any, include short-term fever, headache, fatigue, and nausea. Serious health effects for an unvaccinated person contracting the COVID-19 virus are more common and far more severe. Learn more about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines here.

On August 23, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 16 and older. It will be marketed as Comirnaty. The Pfizer vaccine continues to be authorized by the FDA under emergency use for children ages 12-15. Both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines continue to be authorized under emergency use by the FDA.

What does this mean?

From FDA.gov: “The FDA’s approval of (the Pfizer) vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. While this and other vaccines have met the FDA’s rigorous, scientific standards for emergency use authorization, as the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product.”

Read more about this incredible milestone in the fight against COVID-19.

The CDC answers frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

How frequently do I need to get vaccinated?

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are two-dose vaccines taken three weeks apart. The Johnson & Johnson-Janssen COVID-19 vaccine is a one-dose vaccine.

As of November 6, 2021, the CDC and FDA recommend that certain populations may receive an additional Pfizer or Moderna vaccine dose at least six months after receiving their last dose. Those populations incluude:

  • People age 65 and older and residents in long-term care settings
  • People age 18-64 with underlying medical conditions that put them at high risk for developing serious COVID
  • People age 18-64 who are at increased risk for COVID exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional settings

A single vaccine booster dose is recommended for those 18 and older who received a Johnson & Johnson dose. The booster can be taken at least two months after receiving the initial vaccine dose.

As of November 19, 2021, all New Yorkers age 18 and older are eligible to receive a booster shot of any vaccine as long as they received their second Pfizer or Moderna dose over six months ago or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine over two months ago.

Can I mix & match vaccines?

The FDA and CDC announced in October 2021 that while it is recommended individuals receive booster doses of the same brand that they received, mixing and matching different brands is allowed. The first two vaccines an individual receives, however, should be the same brand, e.g. first shot Pfizer, second shot Pfizer, third shot Pfizer or Moderna.

**Please note that as more studies are completed about the effectiveness of the various vaccines, guidance from the CDC and FDA may change in the future. BronxWorks is not a medical provider. Please speak to a medical professional if you have any specific questions regarding vaccines.

Full CDC guidance on COVID-19 booster shots and mixing and matching

How do I get a vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost to everyone. No social security number or immigration status is needed to get vaccinated! Just follow these steps:

  1. Find a site near you. Click here or call 1.877.VAX.4NYC. Many sites are open on evenings and weekends.
  2. Schedule an appointment for those over the age of 5*.
  3. Once your vaccine appointment is scheduled, complete the Vaccine Form.

*Children ages 5 – 17 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine as of November 2, 2021. A parent or guardian must provide consent in person or by phone for their child to be vaccinated. They will not need to provide proof they are the child’s parent or guardian. All minors ages 5 – 15 must be accompanied the vaccination site by a parent or guardian, or another adult caregiver designated by the parent or guardian. Children ages 6 months – 4 years are not yet able to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Before heading to your vaccination appointment, be sure to follow these requirements:

  • Check that you have proof of age
  • Do not get the vaccine less than 14 days before or after any other vaccination
  • Wear a face covering to your vaccine appointment. You will not be admitted to the site without one

Make sure to keep your vaccination card after receiving the first dose. Bring the card back if you need to receive a second or third. Store the card for your records.

If you need transportation to a vaccine site:
Free transportation is available to and from a vaccination appointment for city residents 65 and older and those with disabilities. Click here to find a provider near you or call Aging Connect at 212.244.6469.

If you need an in-home vaccination:
New York City residents that meet any of the criteria listed below can register here to schedule an in-home vaccination:

  • A person 75 years of age or older
  • A person with a disability
  • A person that is homebound
  • A resident of NYCHA
  • An employee or retiree of the City of New York
  • A person referred by a union, a City partner, or a City vaccination team member

Help save lives!

If you need assistance, call 646.626.3249. Assistance available in English, Spanish, Bengali, and French.

Find more information and announcements about BronxWorks program changes due to COVID-19 here.

Visit the NYC Vaccine Command Center for the most up-to-date information on vaccine safety, availability, and locations on pop-up and mobile vaccination sites.

The BronxWorks program providing this information is in partnership with Kingsbridge Heights Community Center.

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