COVID-19: Vaccine

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Updated COVID-19 Vaccines Recommended for Everyone 6 Months and Older

Updated COVID-19 vaccines are now available in New York City. These vaccines have been updated for the 2023-2024 season and are designed to protect against newer COVID-19 variants. They provide an important boost to people’s protection against the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older should get an updated COVID-19 vaccine.

While healthy people can also become very sick from COVID-19, the vaccine is more likely to be lifesaving for people who:

  • Are 65 or older
  • Are pregnant
  • Have an underlying health condition that puts them at higher risk for severe outcomes
  • Have certain disabilities that may increase their risk for having underlying health conditions

Vaccination can help reduce the duration and severity of COVID-19 symptoms if you become infected, and it reduces the risk of long COVID.

Get Vaccinated Today

To find a vaccination site, use the City's Vaccine Finder. You can search for specific types of vaccines and age-specific doses. Locations that offer the updated vaccines will be added to the site on a rolling basis — check back regularly for updates.

No-cost vaccines will be available for people who are uninsured and regardless of immigration status. Once available, you will be able to search for no-cost vaccine sites using the “Insurance” tab within Vaccine Finder.

Call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319) for vaccination assistance.

COVID-19 vaccines remain our best protection against COVID-19. Even healthy people can become very sick from COVID-19 and should be vaccinated.

If you get COVID-19, vaccines reduce your risk of long-term health effects, including long COVID. Even people who have had COVID-19 should get vaccinated.

The vaccines now available from Pfizer and Moderna are designed to protect against the XBB.1.5 COVID-19 variant and related variants. In studies, they were shown to be effective against current circulating variants, including BA.2.86. They also help boost your protection against the virus, which is important as protection lessens over time.

Everyone should stay up to date with their vaccines. For most people, that means getting just one updated 2023-2024 vaccine dose.

Vaccines and Schedules

The updated Pfizer (Comirnaty) and Moderna (Spikevax) vaccines are the only two updated COVID-19 vaccines that are currently available in the US. The FDA is in the process of reviewing a potential third vaccine, an updated Novavax vaccine for people aged 12 and older that is designed to protect against current variants.

The CDC recommends the updated Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for everyone ages 6 months and older. The prior Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are no longer available.

People 5 years and older

People ages 5 years and older must receive one updated vaccine dose to be considered up to date.

  • If you previously received one or more COVID-19 vaccine dose, get one dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna updated vaccine — it does not matter which brand.
  • If you are 65 or older or immunocompromised, you may need additional doses for better protection.
  • The updated vaccine can be administered two months after your last dose.

If you recently had COVID-19, you can consider waiting three months before getting your next vaccine dose. You may want to get vaccinated sooner than three months if you are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 or getting it again. Talk to your provider about when you should get your next vaccine.

Children Younger than 5

Children younger than age 5 still need multiple doses of vaccines. The vaccines for this age group have been updated with the new formula, but are a lower dose than for older people.

Children who have never received a COVID-19 vaccine should follow this schedule:

Updated Pfizer Vaccine

  • Ages: 6 months to 4 years
  • Doses: Three
  • Schedule: Second dose given at least 21 days after the first, and the third dose given at least 56 days after the second.

Updated Moderna Vaccine

  • Ages: 6 months to 4 years
  • Doses: Two (children who are immunocompromised should get three doses)
  • Schedule: Second dose given at least 28 days after the first

Children ages 6 months through 4 years who have already received one or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine should receive the updated vaccine. The number of updated doses they need will depend on the vaccine and their vaccination history. Ask your child’s provider how many doses they need.

A parent or guardian must provide consent for their child to be vaccinated. Consent can be given in person, by phone or in writing, depending on the vaccination site.

Additional Doses for People With a Weakened Immune System

People who have a weakened immune system — such as those being treated for cancer or who have had an organ transplant — can get additional doses as long as they are given two months apart.

People who have a weakened immune system and have never received a COVID-19 vaccine should get three vaccine doses as part of their initial vaccine series. They can also get an additional updated dose at least two months after the last updated vaccine dose.

If you have questions about how many vaccine doses you should get, talk to your provider.

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