The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived in New York State on December 14. Governor Cuomo implemented a phased-in approach to vaccine distribution and people with developmental disabilities living in congregate settings, and the staff who care for them were among the first to receive the vaccine in Phase 1 of the distribution. Find out more information about the phased-in approach to vaccine distribution.
On this page you will find information related to the COVID-19 vaccine and its distribution. While the vaccine's arrival is welcome news, the threat of COVID-19 is far from over. Be sure to refer often to the main COVID-19 page for the latest updates and guidance regarding the virus.
About the Vaccine
You can book appointments at New York State-operated vaccination sites by using the Am I Eligible? tool provided by the NYS Department of Health.
For questions about the process or general questions about the vaccine, visit https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/frequently-asked-questions or to https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/what-you-need-know to learn more.
The vaccines are also available at no cost to you.
You will need two doses of the same vaccine to be fully vaccinated.
It is important to note that no vaccine is 100% effective. While you wait to get the vaccine and even in the weeks after receiving both required doses, you must make sure to continue to:
•Wear a mask
•Socially distance from others (at least 6 feet apart)
•Practice good hand hygiene
COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheets
There are currently two COVID-19 vaccines available, and both have been deemed safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a special task force made up of New York State medical and scientific experts.
COVID-19 Vaccine Info for Service Providers
This guidance outlines NYS DOH issued Week 4 guidance for service providers related to prioritization of the COVID-19 vaccine. The original doument was posted on 1/5/2021 and updated 1/14/2021.