COVID-19 Booster Shots Approved for All NYC Adults

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the New York City public health commissioner has approved all adults 18 and over for vaccine booster shots, beginning on Monday, November 15th.

Time is now the main restriction for booster shots within New York City.  Those who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccines are eligible for booster shots two months after their initial vaccination, while those taking the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines are required to wait six months from their second dose for a booster.

Prior to this change, only those 65 and older, those 18 and older with underlying medical conditions, or those working or living in high-risk congregate settings were eligible for a booster shot.  This change in policy reflects rising COVID-19 cases in the city and colder temperatures, which lead to more time spent in indoor areas, where COVID transmission is more likely.

New York City’s average daily case rate currently stands at 1,074 as of Sunday, up 32 percent from two weeks ago.

The three COVID vaccines approved for use in the US continue to be highly effective at protecting individuals from the disease’s most serious symptoms and outcomes, however, a growing body of published studies indicate that a vaccine’s effectiveness may wane over time.

Currently more than 5 million New York City residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and 630,000 have already received booster vaccinations.

Statewide, about 67 percent of all residents are fully vaccinated, far lower than what health experts estimate will be required for “herd immunity,” which in similar highly-contagious diseases like measles can require at least 94 percent of a population be immune to protect those who cannot receive a vaccine.

To schedule a booster shot, New Yorkers can visit the city’s COVID-19 and Flu Vaccine Finder or use the online appointment scheduler. Older adults and disabled New Yorkers can get a ride to their appointment by calling 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692).  Finally, all New Yorkers have the option of scheduling a house call vaccination using this form.