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COVID 19 Vaccine Information

February 25 2021

The COVID-19 vaccine is an important tool to protect New Yorkers from the COVID-19 virus and finally bring about an end to the pandemic in New York City and our nation. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has stated its commitment to ensure that all New Yorkers can access these free, safe, and easy-to-administer vaccines.

As of May 12, all New Yorkers ages 12 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Amida Care commends Governor Cuomo and expresses deep appreciation to the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute’s leadership that led to including people living with HIV in expedited vaccine access, being eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as of February 14. This is yet another example of New York’s leadership in ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic while also addressing a pandemic. 

As of September 24, New Yorkers who qualify can get booster shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Third doses are now available at city-run sites, with or without an appointment, for people 65 and older, frontline workers and adults with certain medical conditions, including people living with HIV. The booster applies to people who got their second shot of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine booster shots from the CDC.

Please continue to check the State’s website for the full list of eligible groups, and for answers to common questions, consult this COVID-19 Vaccine Factsheet.

Eligible New Yorkers can find locations near them and make appointments online at or by calling 877-VAX4NYC for assistance in multiple languages.

As of July 28, New York City is offering those who get their first vaccine dose at a New York City-run vaccination location a $100 pre-paid debit card or the option to choose another reward, including Statue of Liberty tickets or an NYC Ferry 10-ride pass. To find out more, visit or call 877-VAX-4-NYC.

You may qualify for in-home vaccinations, which resumed using the Moderna vaccine.  All necessary precautions are being taken to ensure that the vaccine remains potent and is transported safely. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is confident in the safety of this approach. Anyone interested in at-home vaccination can get more information by going to or calling 877-VAX-4-NYC.

For those who are not homebound, there are now walk-up vaccination sites for all New Yorkers that do not require an appointment. (The Moderna vaccine is authorized for those 18 and older; the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for those 16 and over.) Check out the current list of walk-up locations

Remember, with rising cases and hospitalizations, we must also remain vigilant and continue practicing proven strategies to stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home, especially if you are sick or recently tested positive for COVID-19, were exposed to someone with COVID-19, or traveled.
  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer often.
  • Wear a face covering whenever you’re not at home (indoors and outdoors).
  • Remain six feet apart from others.
  • Get tested

The COVID-19 vaccine and the Black community

  • Watch this special video with Tyler Perry, which provides helpful and factual information for viewers looking to protect themselves and their families from this unprecedented crisis. Tackling issues head-on, Perry asks the hard-hitting questions to help the community gain insight into the vaccine.

  • In this funny but factual video, comedian/TV host W. Kamau Bell discusses frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine with Black health care professionals. Watch it here.

  • Amida Care hosted a Zoom webinar about the COVID-19 vaccines and the Black and Brown communities.

The COVID-19 vaccine and the Latinx community

Despite being disproportionately impacted in the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, Latinx Americans make up a very low percentage of those getting a vaccine. The Latino Commission on AIDS’ Yes, I Do campaign urges these communities to commit themselves to vaccination as “an act of love for our families, friends and communities.” Find nearby COVID-19 vaccine locations  in English or Spanish.


And don’t forget to spread the word!  

Thank you for your partnership in helping to stop COVID-19 in its tracks!


COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective: learn more.Read helpful tips on coping with vaccine anxiety here.

For information on the Coronavirus

Go to: Coronavirus: What You Need to Know


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