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Where & How To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine In Harlem?

Mira Research Team09 Feb 2021

Quick Digest: 

  • As of February 1st, New York administered 1,365,404 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and projected to reach herd immunity by September 2021.
  • New York is currently in phase 1b of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, which allows health care workers, people in long-term care or nursing facilities, other essential workers, and people over 65 to be vaccinated.
  • Phase 1c will likely start in March 2021, according to NYC.gov.
  • In Harlem, NY, eligible individuals can receive the COVID-19 vaccine at AdvantageCare, Gotham Health, NYC Health + Hospitals, Harlem, and more. See the list below.

Information about getting your COVID-19 vaccine in Harlem

The COVID-19 vaccines being administered are by Pfizer & BioNTech and Moderna. Both were granted FDA emergency use authorization. Below is some important information about the COVID-19 vaccines: 

  • Both of the COVID-19 vaccines are about 94% effective in preventing COVID-19.
  • Both vaccines were made with mRNA; this type of vaccine CANNOT give you COVID-19 and will not alter your DNA.
  • Both of the COVID-19 vaccines require two doses to create a robust immune response. The Pfizer doses must be administered about 21 days apart and Moderna doses must be administered 28 days apart from each other.
  • It is important that the second dose you get is the same brand as the first dose.
  • The COVID-19 vaccines become fully effective about 10 days after the second dose; however, it is still highly important to continue social distancing and mask-wearing even after being vaccinated.

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine in Harlem?

Harlem, New York is currently in Phase 1b in the vaccine administration. The following individuals are currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Harlem: 

Health Care Workers

  • High-risk hospital workers (emergency room workers, ICU staff, and Pulmonary Department staff)
  • Federally Qualified Health Center employees
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers
  • Coroners, medical examiners, and certain funeral workers
  • Urgent Care providers
  • People administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staff
  • All Outpatient/Ambulatory frontline, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care
  • All staff who are in direct contact with patients (such as reception staff)
  • All frontline, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID-19 tests, handling COVID-19 specimens and COVID-19 vaccinations

Residents and Staff in Certain Group Living Facilities

  • Nursing homes and other congregate care facilities
  • NYS Office of Mental Health, Office People with Developmental Disabilities, and Office of Addiction Services and Supports facilities

Phase 1b: As of Monday, January 11

Older Adults

  • People ages 65 and older

Grocery Workers

  • Public-facing grocery store workers

First Responders and Support Staff for First Responder Agencies

  • Fire Service
  • Police and Investigations
  • Public Safety Communications
  • Other Sworn and Civilian Personnel

Corrections

  • State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Personnel, including correction and parole officers
  • Local Correctional Facilities, including correction officers
  • Local Probation Departments, including probation officers
  • State Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Local Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities

P-12 Schools, College, Child Care and Early Intervention

  • P-12 school or school district faculty or staff (includes all teachers, substitute teachers, student teachers, school administrators, paraprofessional staff and support staff including bus drivers)
  • Contractors working in a P-12 school or school district (including contracted bus drivers)
  • In-person college instructors
  • Licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt group child care
  • Licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt group child care providers
  • Employees or support staff of licensed or registered child care setting
  • Licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt child care providers
  • Early Intervention therapists and teachers with active service authorizations (as of January 13)
  • State Office of Children and Family Services:

Public Transit

  • Airline and airport employees
  • Passenger railroad employees
  • Subway and mass transit employees (MTA, LIRR, Metro-North, NYC Transit, Upstate Transit)
  • Ferry employees
  • Port Authority employees
  • Public bus employees

Homeless Shelters

  • People living in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared with people who are not part of their household
  • People working (paid or unpaid) in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared by people who are not part of the same household, in a position where there is potential for interaction with shelter residents

Other Residential Programs and Supportive Housing

  • Staff and residents of residential programs for victims of domestic violence and family type home for adults
  • Staff and residents of unlicensed congregate supportive housing

Read more here.

Phase 1b (Expanded): As of Tuesday, February 2

Essential Workers

  • Taxi and limousine drivers (TLC licensees, including ride-hailing app drivers)
  • Restaurant workers

COVID-19 Vaccination Centers in Harlem

The COVID-19 vaccine is being offered at 4 major types of vaccination sites. You must show proof of your eligibility for the vaccine when you receive it. 

Point of Dispensing (POD) Sites

PODs are typically not drive-up. These sites are open Monday-Saturday. Below are some of the POD sites offering vaccines. 

NYC Vaccine Hub - Wadleigh Campus/I.S. 88
Community Health Center/Clinic ADA compliant icon
215 West 114 Street, Manhattan, 10026

(877) 829-4692

Appointment required

Essential workers prioritized

COVID vaccine offered: Moderna

Community Clinics and Hospitals 

Below are some clinics and hospitals offering COVID-19 vaccines in Harlem. Many clinics require appointments.

NYC Health Dept.- Uptown Clinic
Community Health Center/Clinic ADA compliant icon
158 East 115 Street, Basement, Manhattan, 10029

(877) 829-4692

Appointment required

COVID vaccine offered: Moderna

Gotham Health, Sydenham
Hospital-Based Health Center/Clinic
264 West 118 Street, Manhattan, 10026

Appointment required

COVID vaccine offered: Moderna

Upper Room AIDS Ministry/Harlem United's The Nest Community Health Center
Community Health Center/Clinic
169 W. 133rd Street, Manhattan, 10030

(646) 715-4995

Appointment required

COVID vaccine offered: Moderna

NYC Health + Hospitals, Harlem
Hospital-Based Health Center/Clinic ADA compliant icon
506 Lenox Avenue, Manhattan, 10037

(877) 829-4692

Appointment required

COVID vaccine offered: Moderna

The Institute for Family Health, Health Center of Harlem
Community Health Center/Clinic
1824 Madison Avenue, Manhattan, 10035

Appointment required

COVID vaccine offered: Moderna


Pharmacies  

COSTCO Pharmacy
Pharmacy
517 East 117 St., Manhattan, 10035

Appointment required

COVID vaccine offered: Moderna

Rite Aid Store #4945
Pharmacy
35-45 West 125th, Manhattan, 10027

Appointment required

COVID vaccine offered: Moderna

How much will the Covid-19 vaccine cost in Harlem? 

As part of Operation Warp Speed, the U.S. government bought several hundred million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that individuals will not have to pay for the COVID-19 vaccine.

However, it is possible to be charged for the administration of the vaccine if being vaccinated at a private doctor’s office or pharmacy. We estimate that vaccine administration can cost between $16 and $29 per dose. 

Once the government is no longer purchasing vaccines, people may have to pay between $25 and $58 for a COVID-19 vaccination. 

Sources: 

https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/locations

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-vaccine-eligibility.page

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