How to get the coronavirus vaccine in New York City, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

Coronavirus COVID-19 vaccination information and resources
NEW YORK (WABC) -- The COVID-19 vaccine is being administered across the United States and in the Tri-State area. Find out if you are eligible and where you can go to get your vaccine:

How to get vaccinated in New York State:

In New York State 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).

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How to get vaccinated in New York City:
In New York City 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:
COVID-19 vaccines are on the way to hospitals and clinics across New Jersey. 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:

Going forward, vaccine distribution will be prioritized based on age rather than underlying medical conditions. Beginning March 1, people aged 55 to 64 can sign up for an appointment. Beginning March 22, those aged 45 to 54 will be eligible. People aged 35 to 44 can begin scheduling on April 12 and those between 16 and 34 will become eligible on May 3.

People older than 65 and frontline health care workers are 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:
New York
New Jersey

Connecticut

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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