COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs for New York State Citizens

Everyone is anxious to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but with short supply and limited resources, many are anxious and frustrated because they don’t know when the vaccine will be available in their area.

As of today, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has said that he will be closing all city locations that were providing the COVID-19 vaccine since the city has run out of supply. A similar announcement has come from Governor Cuomo.

However, everyone, including our political leaders are expecting millions of new vaccines to be coming, hopefully soon. With that said, we will proceed with the FAQs below in the hope that this vaccine dry spell will be short-lived.

Where Can I Get Vaccinated? 

Some of the locations in the NY downstate area are

Jacob Javits Center, NYC
Jones Beach, Nassau County
Stony Brook University Hospital, Suffolk County
NYC Health Dept. – Elmhurst Clinic, Queens
NYC Health + Hospitals, Queens
Gotham Health, East New York, Brooklyn
NYC Health + Hospitals, Jacobi Hospital, Bronx

For more NYC locations, click here.

For all NYS locations, call 833-697-4829. The trick is to keep calling until you can get past the automated system. It has been said that calling later in the evening is easier to get through. The COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline is open 7 AM – 10 PM, 7 days a week.

How Do I know if I Qualify?

Phase 1a, which includes all medical staff and first responders as well as teachers is already active.

Phase 2b, which was activated on January 11th consists of anyone over the age of 65, immunocompromised individuals,  fire department personnel, police, public safety officers and corrections officers.

This webpage from the NYC Department of Health can help you determine if you qualify for the vaccine at this time.

What are the Side Effects?

Did you know that feeling pain from the vaccine is actually an indicator that the vaccine is working! If you don’t feel anything, don’t be dismayed. Each individual may feel the response to the vaccine differently and when they get the second dose, they may feel something or pain when they didn’t for the first one. 

The bottom line is that the side effects are usually mild and will go away after a day or two or much sooner.

    • Pain, swelling or redness where the shot was given
    • Feeling tired
    • Headache
    • Muscle pain
    • Chills
    • Joint pain
    • Fever
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Feeling unwell
    • Tender or swollen lymph nodes

I’m hearing so many different stories about the vaccine. How do I know which are true and which are not?

We understand how frustrating it can be not to know the true facts about the coronavirus vaccine. Here is the information you need to know about COVID-19 vaccine myths.

How Can Businesses Help to Stop the Spread of the Virus?

We all know about the masks and social distancing and how important it is to follow these policies, but in addition to this, there are other things that people can do, especially business owners.

There are posters that restaurants and other business owners can use, such as this one to display in their shops. NYC has a complete list of COVID-19 posters available for retailers.