Walk-up COVID vaccinations open for all New Yorkers at city- and state-run sites

April 27, 2021

Photo of NYCHA vaccination site at Nostrand Houses in Brooklyn by Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office on Flickr

In a press conference on Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that starting April 29, all state-operated mass vaccination sites will accept walk-in appointments for anyone age 16 and up. This includes the Javits Center, Medgar Evans College, and the Aqueduct Racetrack. Last Friday, the same rule went into effect for city-run sites. Previously, walk-up shots were restricted by age.

In addition to lifting the age restriction for walk-in appointments, the city also opened all sites to all New Yorkers, removing any geographic restrictions that existed previously. For state-run sites, the walk-up appointments are for first doses only; second shots will be scheduled after the first. The Moderna vaccine is available for those aged 18+, with Pfizer available to those aged 16 and older. The governor is encouraging all vaccine providers to likewise allow walk-in appointments for eligible New Yorkers.

“We want to make it simple, we want to encourage people,” de Blasio said during a press briefing last Friday. “Let’s face it. Convenience matters to New Yorkers who are getting busier and busier again.”

A full list of NYC sites, along with the location, hours of operation, and which vaccine they offer, can be found here (PDF), and the full list of state-run vaccine sites here. Use the city’s vaccine finder website here to locate a vaccination site closest to you. You can also call 1-877-VAX-4-NYC. For state-run hubs, make an appointment here or call the state’s hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX.

According to the state’s vaccine tracker, as of yesterday, 44.3 percent of New Yorkers had received at least one vaccine dose and 31 percent had completed their vaccine series.

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on April 23, 2021, and has been updated with new information. 


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