COVID-19 Vaccination Information, Appointments and Resources

As of Monday, August 23, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration granted full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people age 16 and older. It continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA) for people age 12 to 15, and for the administration of a third dose or booster shot in certain groups of people.

First Dose Appointment

If you are 12 or over and live in the United States, you can register for a vaccine (first dose) appointment here. If you prefer to make an appointment by phone, please call (646) 605-5764. We are also continuing to reach out directly to eligible patients and community members to offer vaccinations.

You can also check the New York State, New York City, New Jersey, or Connecticut websites for other locations that offer appointments or walk-in vaccination. New York City is also offering in-home vaccinations for all residents 12 and over, as well as mobile vaccination vans.

If you are seeking vaccination for a person younger than 18, make sure that the location you have chosen offers the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Other vaccines are only authorized for people 18 and over.

Vaccination records from Mount Sinai are available through New York State’s digital app, Excelsior Pass. For more information, see FAQs below or visit the Excelsior Pass website.

Third Dose/Booster Appointment

People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised are eligible for an additional (third) dose of an mRNA vaccine. This includes many people who are getting treatment for cancer, have had organ transplants, or receive treatments that weaken their immune systems. See below for more information.

In addition, certain groups of people who received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine are authorized to receive a booster shot of that vaccine starting at least six months after the second dose.

The CDC said on Friday, September 24, that these groups should get the booster shot:

  • People 65 and over
  • Residents in long-term care facilities
  • People 50-64 with underlying medical conditions that put them at risk for severe COVID-19

The CDC said these groups may get the booster shot:

  • People 18-49 with underlying medical conditions, based on an individualized assessment of need
  • People 18-64 who are at increased risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupation (e.g., healthcare workers, teachers) or institutional setting

If you think you are eligible and have received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, click here to make an appointment at Mount Sinai. If you are immunocompromised and have received two doses of the Moderna vaccine, or if you prefer to go to a non-Mount Sinai location, check the New York State, New York City, New Jersey, or Connecticut websites for other locations. If you are immunocompromised and have received two doses of the Moderna vaccine, please contact your provider to schedule. Everyone receiving a booster shot will need to bring their original vaccine card to the appointment.

Regulators are considering whether to authorize booster shots of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. We will post updates here if and when we are allowed to offer these boosters.

COVID-19 Vaccine Myths

There are a lot of myths on the internet about COVID-19 vaccines. Mount Sinai is working with a company called NewsGuard to provide the most accurate information. If you’ve heard something that sounds questionable and want to know if it’s true or not, you can look it up in NewsGuard’s report on the top COVID-19 vaccine myths.

Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Vaccines

Because information about the development of COVID-19 vaccines changes often, we are regularly updating the answers below to the most frequently asked questions.

In addition, a panel of Mount Sinai experts in infectious disease and clinical care have addressed some of the most common concerns about COVID-19 and vaccination in video roundtable discussions. They can be viewed here: