COVID-19 vaccines are the most effective way to prevent serious illness and death from COVID-19 infection. COVID-19 vaccines are free and available to everyone 12 years of age and older regardless of insurance or immigration status.
To schedule an appointment in New York State, visit these sites:
Long Island: https://www.northwell.edu/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccine
There are currently 3 COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the United States. All 3 greatly reduce your chances of getting very sick with COVID-19. It takes about 2 weeks following a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine for you to be fully protected against COVID-19.
Some individuals experience side effects to the COVID-19 vaccine including mild to moderate headache, fever, and fatigue that resolves within a day or two. Side effects were more common after the second dose of the mRNA vaccines as well as after the single Johnson & Johnson shot.
In large clinical trials, the COVID-19 vaccines were found to be safe with no serious health effects. Following approval of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, very rare but serious blood clots were observed, mostly in women under the age of 50. Women under 50 should be aware of this small but increased risk. No increased risk of blood clots have been observed for the mRNA vaccines so these remain a very good option for women under 50. The CDC continues to closely monitor all vaccines for safety.
The COVID-19 vaccines are being tested to make sure that they are safe and work well to prevent COVID-19 in children as young as 6 months of age. Even though most children who get COVID-19 do not become very sick, vaccination is important to protect them from rare complications of infection. Because children can spread COVID-19, vaccination is necessary to protect the entire population.
After you are fully vaccinated there is still a low risk that you may become infected and spread COVID-19. For this reason, it is still important for you to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To learn more about what you can do safely after you are vaccinated visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html
Learn More About COVID-19 Vaccines From the FDA
CDC: Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines
COVID-19 Prevention Network: The Science of COVID-19 Vaccines and Monoclonal Antibodies