Updated: April 21, 2021
Here’s a recap of current vaccine eligibility and availability in New York State.
Who is eligible to get vaccinated?
All New York residents ages 16 and older are eligible for a vaccine as of April 6.
Where are vaccines available?
Vaccine distribution eligibility has been expanded. All providers are able to vaccinate any eligible New Yorker.
Currently, 44 CVS stores in New York are offering appointments for vaccines, including ones in Riverhead and one in Southampton. You can use the CVS website, the CVS mobile app (App Store, Google Play) , or call 1-800-746-7287 to book an appointment.
Walgreens also offers vaccinations to New Yorkers at select locations. To create and account and check eligibility and availability for the vaccine, visit the Walgreens website.
Northwell Health is currently offering vaccines to all eligible individuals at Peconic Bay Medical Center/Entenmann Campus (4 West Second Street, Riverhead) and at several other Northwell facilities on Long Island. Available appointments are posted on Northwell’s website.
State-run mass vaccination sites
State-run mass vaccination sites in Suffolk County are located at:
Stony Brook University’s Innovation and Discovery Center at 1500 Stony Brook Road, Stony Brook.
Stony Brook University Southampton Campus at 70 Tuckahoe Road, Southampton.
Suffolk County Community College/Grant Campus at Crooked Hill Rd, Brentwood.
How to get a vaccine
All eligible New Yorkers can make appointments at any state-run vaccination site using the state’s ‘Am I Eligible’ website or by calling 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
As of April 23, residents 60 and older can get vaccinated without a prior appointment at Suffolk County Community College/Grant Campus in Brentwood.
Tips for using the state’s website
On the state website, even if it says “No Appointments Available Currently” on the “Am I Eligible” home page (which displays the list of all state-run sites across New York) click the “Get Started” button at the bottom of the page anyway.
Provide the information requested on the next page (date of birth, gender, NY residency and zip code) click the consent box and click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page.
On the next page, click “Locate Providers.” This will take you to a list of providers. If it says “Status: No Appointments Available Currently” for your desired location, don’t be discouraged. Be patient. Keep clicking the blue “Update” button at the top of the page. Appointments do open up and if you keep refreshing by clicking the “Update” button, you can snag one. Try this at different times of the day, morning afternoon and night.
Get on a waiting list
Residents who meet state eligibility requirements can also sign up on a waiting list maintained by Sun River Health. Sun River will be administering vaccinations to members of eligible groups at the various county health centers in the future, including their location at the county center in Riverside.
Remember: Vaccines are distributed free of charge. There are three vaccines currently authorized by the federal government. Two, Pfizer and Moderna, are two-dose vaccines. The third, Johnson & Johnson, is one dose.
For additional information about the vaccines see the FDA website.
As of March 13, all state-run sites except the Javits Center in Manhattan are currently distributing the Pfizer vaccine.
Remember also that vaccine appointment availability changes from moment to moment, at state mass-vaccination sites and at pharmacies. Keep trying.
Editor’s note: This page will be updated with new information as it becomes available.
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