- Nassau County is in phase 1b of vaccine distribution, which allows health care workers, people over 65, education workers, and public safety workers to be vaccinated.
- Individuals being vaccinated must show proof of eligibility when receiving the vaccine.
What you need to know about the COVID-19 Vaccine in Nassau County
The Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines both received FDA emergency use authorization in December 2020. It is likely that other vaccines, such as the shot made by Johnson & Johnson, are approved in the coming weeks or months as well.
Below is some important information about Moderna and Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines:
- Both vaccines are made with mRNA to create a robust immune response to the virus. This type of vaccine cannot give you COVID-19 and cannot alter your DNA.
- Both vaccines were over 94% effective in preventing COVID-19 and those who developed COVID-19 had a mild form.
- Both vaccines require two doses. Pfizer doses should be taken about 21 days apart and Moderna doses should be taken about 28 days apart.
- Full immunity will kick in about 10 days after you receive your second dose of the vaccine.
- If you are pregnant, you may want to consider the potential benefits of getting vaccinated.
The COVID-19 vaccine is available in Nassau County for all who qualify in Phase 1a and Phase 1b
Nassau County has implemented a phased distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. For a full list of eligible groups, see the NYS Distribution Plan.
People eligible in phase 1a include but are not limited to:
- Any health care workers or staff in contact with patients
- Any front line workers coming into contact with COVID-19 specimens
- Those living or working in assisted living facilities
- Hospital workers, doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, therapists, and home care workers
People eligible in phase 1b include but are not limited to:
- People over 65
- Law enforcement and fire department first responders
- Public transportation workers
Here's where you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Nassau County
Nassau County Vaccination Sites
Below are 8 vaccination sites established in Nassau County. You can sign-up for an appointment or check for eligibility by clicking on the name of the site.
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This list will be updated as Nassau County increases its supply of vaccines and adds more locations.
New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Sites
Below are the COVID-19 vaccination sites set up by New York State. Other than the Jones Beach site, these sites are not in Nassau Country. You can sign up for any of these sites using this link.
Jones Beach - Field 3
State Fair Expo Center: NYS Fairgrounds
Westchester County Center
SUNY Stony Brook University Innovation and Discovery Center
SUNY Potsdam Field House
Aqueduct Racetrack - Racing Hall
Plattsburgh International Airport -Connecticut Building
SUNY Polytechnic Institute - Wildcat Field House
University at Buffalo South Campus - Harriman Hall
Rochester Dome Arena
Vaccination Sites for Teachers and Educators
You can use this link to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine if you are a teacher or employee of a school district. Do not use this link unless you meet the criteria, as you will be required to show proof of eligibility.
Can I get vaccinated in New York City if I live in Nassau County?
Vaccination sites in New York City are typically meant for individuals who live or work in one of the five boroughs. Patients of NYC hospitals may also be able to get vaccinated at some sites in the city.
However, please note that each type of vaccination site in NYC has different requirements for vaccination. Be sure to read the requirements at your vaccination site before signing up.
How should I get my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?
If you got your vaccine at the following three locations, you will receive an email with a link to sign up for your second dose appointment: Nassau Community College (Garden City), Yes We Can Community Center (Westbury) or Union Baptist Church (Hempstead).
Other locations have different policies for scheduling second dose appointments. When you receive your first dose, you should ask your testing site if you will have to make the next appointment on your own or if it will be scheduled for you.