Pfizer's Covid-19 Vaccine Gets Full FDA Approval
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced its full approval of the first COVID-19 vaccine. The two-dose vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and had been available under emergency-use authorization. The vaccine will now be marketed as Comirnaty, for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine will continue to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA) for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals. Please find additional information on the full FDA approval here.
NYC Health + Hospitals Prize Giveaway Program for Vaccinated Staff
NYC Health + Hospitals will be giving away $250 Gift Cards and vacation prizes to eligible staff as a thank you for getting the COVID-19 vaccine and helping to keep our workplaces safe, protect our patients and each other. You must have received your first dose of the vaccine no later than September 27, 2021. The sooner you get your first dose, the better your chances to win!
COVID-19 Third Dose for Immunocompromised Individuals
As of August 16, 2021, a third dose is only recommended for people with certain seriousmedical conditions or who receive treatments that weaken their immune system.Eligible individuals for the third COVID-19 vaccine include:
- Individuals 12 years of age or older
- You received two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least 28 days ago
- Individuals considered moderately to severely immunocompromised
New York State Mandates COVID-19 Vaccination for all Health Care Workers
Governor Cuomo announced on August 16, 2021 that health care workers across the State of New York, including staff at hospitals and long-term care facilities, must receive at least one COVID-19 vaccination by Monday, September 27. More information about this new mandate will be shared as soon as it's available.
Click here to read the Governor's announcement.
New COVID-19 Vaccine or Test Requirement
All NYC Health + Hospitals staff are now required to be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine or have a weekly test in order to conduct their duties working for our health care system. This includes full or part time staff, affiliate staff, temp workers, students, interns, volunteers, vendors, and others who work in our public hospitals, Gotham Health centers, post-acute care facilities, Central Office, the Family Court program, MetroPlus and Correctional Health Services.
At-Home Vaccinations Now available to all New Yorkers ages 12 and Older
New Yorkers can now register for appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at home. The vaccine is provided NYC Health + Hospitals Test & Trace Corps and administered by teams of two trained professionals who can accommodate language needs. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult to receive the vaccine. Appointments for at-home vaccinations are available seven days per week, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Register for an appointment by visiting: nyc.gov/homevaccine or calling 877-829-4692.
See this Self-scheduling Tip Sheet for step by step instructions on how to schedule your COVID-19 vaccination
COVID-19 Vaccine Updates
Read the latest health system updates on the COVID-19 Vaccination Program
- COVID-19 Vaccination Updates - 05.14.2021
- COVID-19 Vaccination Updates - 04.26.2021
- COVID-19 Vaccination Updates - 04.13.2021
- COVID-19 Vaccination Updates - 03.02.2021
- COVID-19 Vaccination Updates - 02.08.2021
COVID-19 Vaccination Education
Information for Vaccine Providers
Health care providers administering COVID-19 vaccine must distribute the After Visit Summary to patients receiving the vaccine or their caregivers.
COVID-19 Vaccines Authorized for Emergency Use
Information for Healthcare Providers
COVID-19 Vaccine Videos
- Dr. Celine Gounder of NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue and the Biden-Harris Coronavirus Task Force received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Dr. Andrew Wallach, Chief Ambulatory Care Director at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, shares his experience with receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Eboné M. Carrington, CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem, speaks of her experience getting the COVID-19 vaccine and urges our health system's staff to do the same.
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