Eligibility & Key to NYC Vaccine Requirement

As of May 13, 2021, all New Yorkers age 12 or older are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and all New Yorkers 18 and over are eligible to receive any approved COVID vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and free. As of August 17, people 12 and older are required to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the FDA or WHO for a wide variety of activities. Visit our page on the Key to NYC program and assistance with vaccine records for more information.

Vaccines for 5-to-11 year olds

Governor Kathy Hochul announced that 10 of New York State’s mass vaccination sites will now be administering COVID-19 vaccines to newly eligible 5 to 11 year-olds. In The Bronx, the Bay Eden Senior Center is providing vaccines to those who are eligible. For full details and a list of all locations, visit the governor’s website.


The state has announced eligibility guidelines and released details about booster shots. For full details, visit ny.gov/boosters.

Per the state:

In a letter to the Health Commissioner, the New York State Clinical Advisory Task Force endorsed CDC’s statement issued Friday, September 24 by Director Walensky – providing New York with a new boost in the fight against COVID-19. In accordance with CDC’s recommendations, there are four groups of New Yorkers who are now eligible for their COVID-19 booster dose:

New Yorkers who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine SHOULD receive their booster dose at least six months after their primary vaccine series IF:

  • They are 65 years and older or residents in long-term care settings.
  • They are 50 – 64 years of age with underlying medical conditions.

New Yorkers who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine MAY receive their COVID-19 booster dose at least six months after their primary vaccine series IF:

  • They are 18 – 49 years with underlying medical conditions, based on your individual benefits and risks.
  • They are 18 – 64 years and are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of your occupational or institutional setting, based on your individual benefits and risks.

At this time, individuals must have received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for their initial vaccine series at least six months ago to be eligible. Individuals who received the Moderna or Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine are not currently eligible for a booster dose at this time, but may be in the near future.

Walk-in vaccines for all New Yorkers

As of April 23, 2021, all eligible New Yorkers can walk in to any vaccination site run by New York City and receive a COVID vaccine. And as of May 13, 2021, the Pfizer vaccine is available to all New Yorkers age 12 and up. In addition, as of July 28, 2021, New York City will give anyone receiving COVID vaccine $100. For a list of locations in The Bronx and throughout New York City, visit:

As of April 29, 2021, all eligible New Yorkers can walk in to all vaccination sites run by New York State and receive a free COVID vaccine. For a list of locations in The Bronx and throughout New York City, visit:

#VaxToSchool Pop-up Sites

Governor Kathy Hochul  announced 20 new #VaxtoSchool pop-up vaccination sites to increase vaccination rates among school-aged New Yorkers. On September 21, Governor Hochul announced a total of 120 sites will be established over a 12-week period statewide. The Department of Health is working with localities, community-based organizations, and healthcare centers on-the-ground to establish these sites in all regions of the state. Partners, host sites, and outreach efforts are tailored to the communities they are built to serve. New locations are established on a rolling basis, and more sites will be announced each week over the 12-week period. For a complete list of current locations, visit: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/nys-vaxtoschool-pop-locations

Bronx locations:

  • Tracey Towers
    40 W. Moshulu Parkway Building #20
    Bronx, NY 10468
    Open: Sunday, October 17; 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
    Vaccine Type: Pfizer-BioNTech; Second Dose Event
    Event Partner: Tracey Towers Tenet Organization

Pop-up vaccination site at East 180th Street Station

The state of New York and the MTA are partnering to offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for free at the East 180th Street station along the 2/5 in The Bronx. Beginning on Wednesday, September 29, the site will be be open from 8 AM to 1 PM. For more details, visit the MTA’s website.

Get vaccinated at home

New York City is offering free vaccines at home for any resident of the city. Visit forms.cityofnewyork.us/f/home to sign up.

New York City vaccination sites

Visit vax4nyc.nyc.gov or call 877-VAX-4NYC or 877-829-4692 to book a vaccine appointment at vaccination sites run by the city. NYC Health + Hospitals has a separate site for vaccine appointments at covid19.nychealthandhospitals.org/COVIDVaxEligibility. The city also has a site to find appointments at pharmacies at vaccinefinder.nyc.gov.

New York State vaccination sites

Eligible New Yorkers can visit am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov or call 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829) to book a vaccine appointment at vaccination sites run by the state, including a site at Bay Eden Senior Center in The Bronx.

NYC Vaccine Referral Bonus Program

The City has initiated a new opportunity for civic, faith, tenant and other associations for referring their community members to receive the vaccine.

The newly announced NYC Vaccine Referral Bonus Program is meant to incentivize community- and faith-based organizations to help get people vaccinated, by awarding $100 for each first dose vaccination referral at a City-run site. When an individual makes an appointment ahead of time or as a walk-up, they can choose which community organization referred them to get vaccinated. Once they receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the referral organization will be credited $100. Organizations can earn up to $20,000 each.

Interested organizations can sign up at: nyc.gov/vaccinereferralbonus

VA Vaccines for Veterans

The James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center is offering the COVID vaccine to all veterans, spouses and caregivers Monday-Friday. You can walk in or call to schedule an appointment at (718) 741-4640

Yankee Stadium and Somos sites

The Yankee Stadium mega vaccination is open and administering vaccines to eligible Bronx residents. Bronx residents who are eligible under categories 1a and 1b and are interested in scheduling appointments should visit somosvaccinations.com or call 1-833-SOMOSNY. Somos is also running a variety of other vaccination sites, and available appointments can be accessed via the same website and phone number.

New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell

New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell are offering the COVID vaccine. Visit vaccinetogetherny.org for information.


Montefiore offers the COVID vaccine at multiple locations in The Bronx. Visit their website or call 844-444-2819 to check for availability and schedule an appointment.

More sites

Visit vaccinefinder.org or vaccinespotter.org, which search for vaccine availability at other locations, including pharmacies.

Vaccines for City Employees

ALL City employees are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. City employee-only COVID-19 vaccine locations are available in all 5 boroughs. Locations include. To book at these sites, visit vax4nyc.nyc.gov or call 877-VAX-4NYC and indicate that you are a city employee.

  • The Bronx | Hunts Point Job Center, 847 Barretto Street, Bronx, NY 10474
  • Brooklyn | George Wingate High School, 600 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11203
  • Manhattan | Louis D. Brandeis High School, 145 W 84th St, New York, NY 10024
  • Queens | NYC Department of Health Gotham Center, 42-09 28th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
  • Queens | Queens Public Library – Flushing, 41-17 Main St, Flushing, NY 11355
  • Staten Island | Susan E. Wagner High School, 1200 Manor Rd Staten Island, NY 10314

In addition, Somos runs multiple vaccine sites that are for city employees only.

Accessible Transportation for People with Disabilities to Vaccine Appointments

  • If you are 65 and older or have an ambulatory, vision, intellectual or developmental disability and need an ambulette, you can schedule free transport with Hunter ambulettes (516) 812-9827.
  • If you are 65 and older or have an ambulatory, vision, intellectual or developmental disability you can schedule a free ride with Curb at 646-349-0289. If you are a minor under the age of 18, you must have your parent/guardian call to book the trip on your behalf.
  • This is regardless of if you already have access to Access-A-Ride or Medicaid Transportation.
  • Information on Accessible Transportation Options for People with Disabilities to Vaccine Appointments – on.nyc.gov/2Oe5avB

Vaccines for the Performing Arts and Film/TV Communities

The City has partnered with The Actors Fund to open a vaccine site for live performance, film and TV workers at 47th Street and 7th Avenue. Visit The Actors Fund website for full details. To schedule an appointment, please call 917-281-5937 or email vaccines@actorsfund.org with your name and phone number to speak with someone who can help you.

Vaccination data from New York City

To view the city’s public data on vaccination rates throughout the city, visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-data-vaccines.page.