How to get vaccinated in New York State:
All adults ages 16 and older are now eligible to schedule and appointment and get the COVID vaccine in New York.
You can use the "Am I Eligible" app and https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ to use to check your eligibility and schedule. New York State also has a vaccination hotline you can call to schedule a vaccine: 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829).
How to get vaccinated in New York City:
In New York City, vaccines are now being administered at pharmacies to people with underlying conditions. You can visit vax4nyc.nyc.gov to make an appointment for a vaccine online. The phone number to schedule a vaccine is 877-VAX-4NYC or 877-829-4692.
RELATED: New York City COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker
How to get vaccinated in New Jersey:
Adults 55 and over are eligible for the COVID vaccine as of April 5, and starting April 19, all adults over the age of 16 can make an appointment to get vaccinated.
People age 16 and older who have intellectual or developmental disabilities are also eligible, along with those who work in the following fields:
- Communications, IT, media, including communications infrastructure support (engineers, technicians) and members of the press
- Laundry services, including workers in laundromats, laundry services, and dry cleaners
- Real estate, building, and home services, including construction workers, code officials, plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, property management, and maintenance workers
- Retail financial institutions, including bank tellers, lending service, public accounting, and check cashing workers.
- Sanitation, including workers providing disinfection and janitorial services for all essential facilities and modes of transportation; city sanitation workers; residential, commercial, and industrial solid and hazardous waste removal.
- Utilities, including electrical generation and supply system, natural gas delivery, nuclear power plant, water supply, telephone, cable/fiber optical/broadband/cellular service workers
- Higher Education, including educators and support staff
- Librarians, including librarians and support staff at municipal, county, and state libraries (i.e. those not included in K-12 announcement)
Frontline essential workers in food production, eldercare, warehouse and others in the group were already eligible for vaccinations.
You can reserve your spot to get a vaccine now by pre-registering at https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/. The site asks questions to determine when you are eligible to receive a vaccination.
RELATED: New Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker
How to get vaccinated in Connecticut:
Connecticut expanded its COVID vaccination program to the final group of adults, including all residents between the ages of 16 and 44, on Thursday, April 1.
People older than 55 and frontline health care workers were already eligible.
Qualifying residents can sign up online through the state's website. Several health care systems are also allowing people to sign up.
Connecticut has its own call center for eligible people to book appointments: 877-918-2224. The phone line is open 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. seven days a week.
You can get updates on how each state is handling distribution on these sites:
Use social media to help find vaccine appointments
Join local social media groups that feature tips and ideas for how to find more information or track down an appointment in your area. Self-proclaimed "vaccine warriors" say they have helped thousands of people score appointments.
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How to sign up with pharmacies
Depending on where you live, the major pharmacy chains may have vaccine appointments. Most will require you to fill out an eligibility form to get started:
If I get vaccinated do I still need to wear a mask/face covering?
Yes, you will still need to wear a mask and follow other precautions. Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available. Vaccines boost your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Other steps, like masks and social distancing, help reduce your chance of being exposed to or spreading the virus.
Are there side effects to taking the vaccine?
Some volunteers in vaccine trials have reported they frequently feel flu-like effects after getting vaccinated such as body aches, or even fever and a headache, federal health officials said.
Will I receive proof of having the vaccine?
Vaccination cards will be used as the "simplest" way to keep track of Covid-19 shots, said Dr. Kelly Moore, associate director of the Immunization Action Coalition, which is supporting frontline workers who will administer Covid-19 vaccinations.
"Everyone will be issued a written card that they can put in their wallet that will tell them what they had and when their next dose is due," Moore said. "Let's do the simple, easy thing first. Everyone's going to get that."
If I had COVID-19, do I need the vaccine?
According to the CDC, There is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again; this is called natural immunity. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this. Until we have a vaccine available and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices makes recommendations to CDC on how to best use COVID-19 vaccines, CDC cannot comment on whether people who had COVID-19 should get a COVID-19 vaccine.
More answers to questions can be found on the CDC's website.
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