What to Know
- New York extends vaccine eligibility universally to those age 16 and older on Tuesday and warns the latest crush will likely cause some frustration to those trying to schedule appointments for the first time
- Connecticut made that universal push last week, while New Jersey’s governor has announced he’ll open access to those 16 and older in less than two weeks, on April 19
- More than 20 percent of New Yorkers are now fully vaccinated against COVID, though as core viral metrics remain at quadruple the levels they were in early November, officials urge continued caution
All New Yorkers age 16 and older are eligible to sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations as of 8 a.m. Tuesday, marking the state’s last big expansion and one that comes weeks ahead of President Joe Biden’s deadline for a universal rollout nationally.
New Jersey’s governor has announced he’ll open eligibility similarly in less than two weeks, while Connecticut made the move a few days ahead of New York.
If previous expansions in the Big Apple have been any indication, those newly eligible Tuesday will likely encounter a series of infuriating headaches around scheduling. Technical errors, confusion and rapidly vanishing appointments have plagued hundreds of thousands — if not millions — each time the pool expanded.
Some within this latest eligibility group might experience additional complications. Only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is federally approved for 16- and 17-year-olds, which narrows the options for the youngest looking to schedule shots. Both the state and city do list vaccine manufacturer by site location on their respective health websites (see the state one here and the city one here).
Not sure how the process works? Or when you might be able to get an appointment? Check out our handy tri-state vaccine site finder and FAQs here
New York City and New Jersey Vaccine Providers
Click on each provider to find more information on scheduling appointments for the COVID-19 Vaccine.
Parental consent is required for vaccinations of minors with rare exceptions, including for teens who are married or are parents. None of the available vaccines have yet been approved for people under 16, but Pfizer announced last week that its late-stage trial shows its vaccine is highly effective in kids as young as 12.
New York City has more than 500 vaccine providers across the five boroughs. There’s no centralized system where one can input one’s required health information and move on. Some providers require more information than others. Attempts to schedule appointments with any of them essentially require vaccine-seekers to reinput their health information from the start each time.
Those who try to schedule appointments for the first time Tuesday will likely see a series of red “NO FIRST DOSE APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE” messages regarding most city locations or “No Appointments Available Currently” at state ones within a reasonable distance of their homes. It’s not worth it to try and click on the link anyway in hopes of getting an appointment. In most cases, it’s difficult to catch one even if first-dose appointments are available. They disappear that quickly.
All New Yorkers age 16 and older are eligible to sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations as of 8 a.m. Tuesday, marking the state’s last big expansion and one that comes weeks ahead of President Joe Biden’s deadline for a universal roll out nationally. Erica Byfield reports.
“We put these appointments up last week, they got snapped up – over half a million,” Mayor Bill de Blasio warned Monday. “More and more people getting vaccinated is making it easier for yet more beyond to be vaccinated because that word of mouth – we’ve been saying now for months – has proven to be true.”
To expedite access for the most vulnerable, the city is expanding its walk-up appointment pilot. That program, which allows New Yorkers age 75 and older to get vaccinated with an…