Covid-19 vaccine booster shots are now available for New Yorkers ages 18 and older. These shots boost your immunity from the initial vaccination series. People age 18 and over who got a Moderna or Pfizer dose at least six months ago or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago are eligible for the booster said New York City Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi.
The CDC recommends a booster shot for people who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and are 65 and older, have an underlying medical condition or are at higher risk of Covid-19 exposure. It also recommends booster shots for anyone 18 or older who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
As the weather turns and more and more activities take place indoors NYC is encouraging children to get vaccinated as the holidays approach as well as adults to receive their Covid booster. Currently only the Pfizer vaccine is available for children ages 5-11. The share of New Yorkers ages 12 to 17 with at least one dose is 80 percent, while the rate for adults has reached 87 percent.
New York City requires proof of Covid-19 vaccination for a variety of activities for workers and customers such as indoor dining, gyms, and performances. As part of the program NYC created health pass called the “Key to NYC Pass” to provide proof of vaccination.
Vaccination proof for indoor activities such as:
- Indoor dining
- Includes restaurants, catering halls, event spaces, hotel banquet rooms, bars, nightclubs, cafeterias, grocery stores with indoor dining, coffee shops and fast food or quick service with indoor dining
- Indoor fitness
- Includes gyms, fitness centers, fitness classes, pools, indoor studios and dance studios
- Indoor entertainment
- Includes movie theaters, music and concert venues, museums, aquariums and zoos, professional sports arenas, indoor stadiums, convention centers, exhibition halls, performing arts theaters, bowling alleys, arcades, pool and billiard halls, recreational game centers, adult entertainment and indoor play areas
Your booster shot can be any of the three authorized or approved vaccines. If you are not sure whether to get a booster shot or which type of vaccine you should get for your booster, talk to your health care provider.