COVID-19: Vaccines

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Rút tiền thẻ gameThe COVID-19 vaccine is now available to certain groups in NYC.

Vaccine Command Center Data

The Vaccine Command Center is coordinating distribution of the vaccine in New York City, in addition to providing support for providers and vaccination sites. Learn how many doses of the vaccine have been allocated, distributed and given in NYC:


Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines Approved for Emergency Use

Rút tiền thẻ gameThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized applications for emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has already been distributed to hospitals. Distribution of the Moderna vaccine began the week of December 21.

Rút tiền thẻ gameHealth care workers who are at high-risk for exposure to COVID-19 and staff and residents of long-term care facilities are being prioritized to receive immediate vaccinations.

Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have been shown to have about 95% efficacy at preventing symptoms and decreasing severe COVID-19 infection.

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines work by teaching the body to create an immune response for a virus that is not present in the body. Learn more about the mechanics of this type of vaccine.

Rút tiền thẻ gameNo serious safety concerns have been found for either vaccine. Each vaccine has shown minor-to-moderate side effects, such as injection site pain, fatigue and headache.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will each require two doses, through shots in the arm, three or four weeks apart (depending on which type of vaccine you get).

Other Vaccine Results Expected Soon

Three other vaccines — from Oxford/AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen and Novavax — are in Phase 3 trials. The firms will likely release the initial results from those trials later this year or in early 2021.

Information for Providers

Health care providers can get resources and information on various topics, such as vaccine distribution and administration, including how to enroll in the NYC COVID-19 Vaccination Program:

Vaccines will be important tools in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

The vaccine will work for most people, but it will not work for everyone. We do not know yet how long protection will last. We also do not know whether or how often you may need to get revaccinated.

Even after you are vaccinated, you will still need to practice these important COVID-19 prevention steps (PDF): stay home if sick, wash your hands, wear a face covering and keep physical distance from others.

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When and Where to Get Vaccinated

Rút tiền thẻ gameCOVID-19 vaccines may not be widely available to the general public until mid-2021.

The vaccine will be available in stages. It will be offered first to people who work in health care and are at increased risk of getting COVID-19. This includes people who take care of COVID-19 patients or work in areas of a facility where COVID-19 patients are seen. The vaccine will also be made available to first responders and nursing home residents and staff.

The vaccine will likely be available to the following groups next:

  • Essential workers who interact with the public and who are not able to physically distance
  • People at higher risk of complications from COVID-19 because of age or underlying medical conditions

Rút tiền thẻ gameWhen there are enough vaccine doses available, it will be made available to all New Yorkers.

You will likely be able to get the vaccine at the same places you usually get vaccines, such as:

  • Your health care provider
  • Community and hospital clinics
  • Pharmacies
  • Urgent care centers

Some COVID-19 testing sitesRút tiền thẻ game and community pop-up locations may also provide vaccinations.

The vaccines currently in trials have not yet been studied in children younger than 16. They will not be available to that age group until more information is available.

Fair and Equitable Vaccinations

The Health Department will ensure there is fair and equitable access to a vaccine. Our plans account for health inequities and disparities faced by underserved communities (PDF). We will make sure the communities hit hardest by the pandemic have access to the vaccine.


Rút tiền thẻ gameThe FDA is overseeing the approval process for vaccines. It has released . As these guidelines make clear, the COVID-19 vaccines under development and in trials must follow the same rigorous safety rules as any other new vaccine.

Rút tiền thẻ gameThe FDA will only grant Emergency Use Authorization if it decides the benefits of a vaccine outweigh its potential risks.

Officials will continue monitoring the safety of vaccines after they are made available.

Side Effects

Rút tiền thẻ gameOngoing trials of COVID-19 vaccines have reported mostly mild or moderate symptoms after vaccination, including fever, body aches and soreness at the injection site. The vaccine cannot give you COVID-19.

Rút tiền thẻ gameIn rare cases, people have had a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine. If you have had an allergic reaction to other vaccines in the past, or if you think you may be allergic to ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccine, talk to your health care provider before getting vaccinated.

mRNA Vaccines

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are both messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines. mRNA are molecules that provide instructions. They do not contain the virus.

mRNA vaccines teach our cells how to create an immune response so that the body knows how to fight the virus if it is later exposed to the virus. Once your body learns how to create the immune response, it breaks down and gets rid of the mRNA.

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