NYC is Expanding its Capacity to Offer COVID-19 Testing

As part of the City’s strategy to combat COVID-19, the City is expanding its capacity to offer COVID-19 testing throughout the 5 boroughs.

To find a location near you, visit

As of today, the City has launched testing at over 120 active locations. This week alone, 40 new sites representing capability for over 14,000 tests per day have been opened, in addition to existing publicly and privately managed testing capacity.

The first line of defense against COVID-19 are the free and accessible COVID-19 vaccines. If you have not yet received a vaccine against COVID-19, you are urged to do so as soon as possible at any of the available walk-up sites, by booking an appointment at, or calling 877-VAX4NYC (877-829-4692). The vaccines against COVID-19 are also available for children ages 5 to 17. Please review this FAQ for any questions about youth vaccinations.

For vaccination services in the comfort of your home, available to all vaccine-eligible New Yorkers, please sign-up through this form.

Booster shots: People 18 and older who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least 6 months following their second vaccine dose, or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 2 months following vaccination, may receive a booster dose. For more information on COVID-19 vaccines and the benefits of booster shots, visit

A few friendly reminders:

  • Incentives include $100 for anyone receiving a first dose COVID-19 vaccine and the COVID-19 booster vaccine through the end of 2021 at certain sites throughout the city!
  • City employees are entitled to excused leave of up to 4 hours per COVID-19 dose and 3 hours of compensatory time after completing the vaccination series.
  • City employees are entitled to excused leave of up to 4 hours per COVID-19 dose, per child in order to accompany them to a vaccine appointment.
  • Additionally, employees may take excused leave if they experience side effects associated with the vaccine and will not need to draw down from their sick leave balance. Please connect with your HR office to learn more.

Thank you for the good work and your dedication to older adults, and your support in bringing back our City.

All the best in 2022, and always!

FOTO: New York City, Bus Stop at Covid-19 a mobile test center. Foto: Ungvar

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