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COVID-19 vaccines: How to book appointments on Long Island

COVID-19 vaccines are available across Long Island.

COVID-19 vaccines are available across Long Island. Credit: Don Pollard

Everyone age 16 and older is now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in New York. Walk-ins are also now available at all state-run mass vaccination sites, and some walk-ins are available at Suffolk County sites, too.

But if you're still looking to make an appointment or are wondering where the vaccine is offered, the resources below may help. Officials advise to keep checking for appointments as more doses become available and new slots continue to open.

This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

Find an appointment at state-run sites online: You can find out if you’re eligible, complete a prescreening and find state-run sites to schedule appointments by visiting this website: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/.

If you’re eligible, you would be able to make an appointment at any New York State-run site. The state says appointments for second doses would be made automatically once you receive your first vaccine. Those age 16 and older are able to walk in for a first-dose vaccine without an appointment at all state-run mass vaccination sites.

Try getting an appointment at state-run sites by phone: Call the New York State Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829) for more information on making appointments at state-run sites. The hotline is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. If you haven’t had much luck with the state’s online system, it might help to call the hotline to check if any appointments have opened up, or to try to reschedule an existing appointment for earlier.

Check the county websites:

  • The Nassau County website directs people to links to make vaccine appointments at county sites, through pharmacies, Northwell Health and the state.
    • High school students can get the vaccine during student vaccination days at the Nassau Community College gym from May 13 to May 16. Students can sign up through the county website.
  • The Suffolk County website directs you to county sites, state-run sites, pharmacies and the Northwell Health website for appointments.
    • There's an Appointment Scheduler that can be used to preregister people. You can fill out a survey, find out if you're eligible and provide contact information. Those who preregister will receive an email or text to sign up when appointments are available at county sites, a spokesman said.
    • There are also some walk-in vaccination clinics at county-run sites, which can be found here.

Check on Northwell Health's website: The health system is booking appointments online. It said links to make appointments will appear on this website as they become available: https://www.northwell.edu/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccine. Northwell says people who get their first vaccine dose at one of their vaccination sites can schedule a second dose appointment either on site directly after receiving the first dose, or by calling the COVID vaccine hotline at (844) 919-VACC.

For New York City: The city launched the Vaccine Finder, a tool residents can use to find the nearest location to make an appointment: https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. Currently, city-run sites are for city residents only, unless you’re an essential worker who works in New York City but lives elsewhere.

  • For those who are homebound: New York City is providing Johnson & Johnson vaccines for homebound eligible city residents. If you think you’re eligible, you can fill out this interest form, which the city will use to contact you to discuss eligibility: https://forms.cityofnewyork.us/f/homebound

Your local pharmacies may have vaccines, or have them in the future. Several pharmacies have said they have or will offer the vaccine as it becomes available, including independent pharmacies and chains:

  • CVS Health said some of its pharmacies would start offering the vaccine to those eligible starting Feb. 12. People can register on CVS.com, using the pharmacy’s app or by calling 1-800-746-7287.
  • Walgreens said it will provide vaccinations in some states, including New York, starting in stores on Feb. 12 for those eligible. The chain advises supply is still limited and appointments will have to be made online at Walgreens.com/ScheduleVaccine.
  • King Kullen: The Long Island supermarket chain said the vaccine is available at eight pharmacy locations, and customers can search for and make appointments using the website at kingkullen.com.
  • Stop & Shop said all of its Long Island pharmacies are cleared to vaccinate eligible individuals, and appointments must be made online. Eligible customers can visit stopandshop.com/covid-vaccine to register for an appointment.

For veterans: The Northport VA Medical Center is calling veterans to schedule a vaccine appointment. For more information about vaccines for veterans, visit this VA page.

For veterans in Nassau County: Nassau University Medical Center and the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency are partnering to vaccinate eligible veterans who are county residents, County Executive Laura Curran said. For more information or to make an appointment, you can call the Nassau VSA at 516-572-6565.

Vaccinefinder.org: The website, run by Boston Children's Hospital, allows you to search for COVID-19 vaccines by inputting a ZIP code. The site collects information from pharmacies and states, an official said, although most states — including New York — have yet to provide the website with large-scale vaccine location information. Read more.

Other websites helping New Yorkers: Some people have been getting help securing appointments by using free websites that compile appointment availability and send alerts when appointments become available. Some of those sites include turbovax.info and nycvaccinelist.com.

Pop-up sites: The state has been expanding its efforts to vaccinate the populations hardest-hit by COVID-19 by opening pop-up sites at places like houses of worship and community centers. Appointments are usually coordinated through the sites. Get answers to your questions about pop-up sites in this Q&A.

Try contacting your primary care physician or a federally qualified health center to get more information.

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