COVID-19 Health Information

COVID-19 Updates

Beginning Wednesday, January 19, 2022 every home in the United States is eligible to order a set of 4 free at-home rapid antigen COVID-19 tests. Orders will ship in 7-12 days free of charge. There is a limit of one order per residential address. For more information on how to order and other testing resources, click here.

Beginning Monday, December 27, 2021 all employees at private sector business must have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, people 12 years and older are required to show proof of two vaccine doses with the exception of those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

As of December 14, 2021 children ages 5 to 11 will be required to show proof they have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination for public indoor activities. For more information about vaccination and mask requirements for New York City businesses, click here.

As of November 19, 2021, vaccine booster shots are available for New Yorkers ages 18 and older. No one will be denied a booster shot in New York, as long as you are 18 years or older and received your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago. If you are not sure whether to get a booster shot or which type of vaccine you should get for your booster, talk to your health care provider.

As of November 3, 2021,  adolescents ages 5 through 11 can now receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The FDA has authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in children 5 through 11 years of age. The vaccine dose for this age group is smaller than the dose given to people 12 years of age and older. Children can get vaccinated at their doctor’s office, at pharmacies, and city-wide vaccination sites. For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, click here.

On September 24, 2021, the NYC Health Department announced they are recommending a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot for anyone who has received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination and at increased risk of COVID-19 exposure or severe illness. An additional dose of the vaccine is recommended for people 65 years or older, people 18 to 64 who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility, people 18 to 64 who have underlying medical conditions that increases their risk for severe COVID-19, and people 18 to 64 who are at increased risk of COVID-19 exposure due to their job or living situation. A booster shot may provide extra protection especially with the increase of Delta variant cases. For more information about the NYC Health Department’s recommendation, click here.

On August 23, 2021 the FDA approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people 16 and older. The Pfizer vaccine is still available for people ages 12 to 15 years old under emergency use authorization. For the official FDA news release, click here.

Beginning August 17, 2021, people 12 and older will be required to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for indoor activities at bars and restaurants, fitness gyms, movie and stage theatres, museums, and more. For more information on this mandate and how to show proof of vaccination, click here.

As of August 16, 2021, people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised are eligible to receive a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at City-run sites. A third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 is recommended for people who have a weakened immune system. For more information on who eligible, click here.

As of July 30, 2021, New Yorkers can receive their choice of a $100 pre-paid debit card, free tickets to NYC attractions, memberships, or gifts and more for getting vaccinated against COVID-19 at City-run vaccination sites. For more information on free ways to win and other city incentives, click here.

As of June 23, 2021, anyone living in the five boroughs can now register to schedule an in-home vaccination appointment. NYC residents can register here to be contacted by the City to schedule an appointment. Those requesting in-home vaccination will also have the option to request their vaccine preference (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson).

As of Monday, May 10, 2021,  adolescents ages 12 through 15 can now receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Parents and/or guardians must give permission in person or by phone and proof of age (ID or birth certificate) is required. Some providers, including all City-run sites, will accept proof of consent in writing if necessary. Minors who are 12 to 15 years of age must have a parent, guardian, and/or designated caregiver accompany them to their appointment. For more information on this recent FDA expansion, click here for an FAQ for Families.

All United States residents ages 12+ are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.Eligible 12–17-year-olds may receive the Pfizer vaccine only. 

For more information about scheduling vaccination appointments, requesting free transportation to and from your appointment, and/or requesting in-home vaccination call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692) or visit nyc.gov/vcc.


COVID-19 VACCINE AND TESTING INFORMATION

Please refer directly to the below sites for the most up to date information (multilingual translations available) from public health officials:

NYC COVID-19 Command Center: Information including vaccine eligibility and resources for individuals with disabilities and homebound New Yorkers.

NYC COVID-19 Vaccine Facts: Information about the vaccines, including how they work, when and where to get vaccinated, and what to expect when you get vaccinated. 

NYC COVID-19 Vaccine Finder: Find a location near you and schedule an appointment for ages 12+. Please note, some locations are offering vaccinations without an appointment.

NYC COVID-19 Testing Information: Find a testing site near you.

NYC COVID-19 Fact Sheet (English)

NYC COVID-19 Fact Sheet (Spanish)