Key to NYC

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:

  • Indoor dining
    • Includes restaurants, catering halls, event spaces, hotel banquet rooms, bars, nightclubs, cafeterias, grocery stores with indoor dining, coffee shops and fast food or quick service with indoor dining
  • Indoor fitness
    • Includes gyms, fitness centers, fitness classes, pools, indoor studios and dance studios
  • Indoor entertainment
    • Includes movie theaters, music and concert venues, museums and galleries, aquariums and zoos, professional sports arenas, indoor stadiums, convention centers, exhibition halls, performing arts theaters, bowling alleys, arcades, pool and billiard halls, recreational game centers, adult entertainment and indoor play areas

This new requirement — called the Key to NYC — includes bars, fitness gyms, movie and stage theatres, museums and other indoor venues. Staff at these locations are also required to be vaccinated.

The highly contagious delta variant is spreading quickly in NYC, and unvaccinated people are at the most risk for infection, hospitalization and death. Learn how you can get vaccinated for free today.

For full details on Key to NYC, visit the DOHMH page.

Proof of Vaccination

Vaccination card shows your name, date of birth, the vaccine you received, and the place and date you received it. Make a photocopy or take a picture, just in case you lose it. Laminate the copy and keep the original to record your booster shot.

If you would like proof of vaccination other than your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card:

  • Request a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record online
  • Download the Excelsior Pass App: iOS | Android
  • Download the NYC COVID Safe App from the App Store: iOS | Android

If you are fully vaccinated and unable to get a NYS Excelsior Pass, you can contact the Excelsior Help Desk at 844-699-7277. The Help Desk is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The app will ask questions to verify your identity. The information entered must match information in the CIR.

If you believe the information in the CIR does not match the information entered in Excelsior, you can email Include your full name, address and phone number in the message.

Assistance with vaccine records

Contact the Citywide Immunization Registry for access to your records. If you are fully vaccinated but lost your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. Printouts from My Vaccine Record are official reports that can be used for any legal purpose to show proof of vaccination: