Vaccine Help

Vaccine Help for congregants in the 1A, 1B, and newer categories who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Revised 2.25.21

Helping to Navigate COVID Vaccine Appointments

This information is intended for congregants in the 1A, 1B, and newer categories who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Please check the sites listed below to see if you and/or the people you are caregiving for are eligible to receive a vaccine.  Please note, also, that the vaccine rollout is still in flux.  Check the sites below for updates.

We know that securing an appointment can be challenging.  We want to support our community as best as we can by providing information, technical assistance, and, of course, pastoral care as needed.

Below there are links to departments of health in every state and resources for New York City and New York State, along with tips that may help you secure an appointment. Begin by utilizing these resources to help guide you. If you have trouble negotiating the vaccine websites because of computer, visual or other challenges and need help scheduling an appointment, please fill out this brief form.  If you can volunteer to help others register for appointments and get information, please fill out this brief form.  

Resources for Making a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment

When making an appointment, you can expect to have varied wait times and success at different times of the day – patience will be helpful during these times.

  • It is necessary to schedule an appointment for vaccination. 
  • It is necessary to be in an eligible category before signing up for an appointment.
  • Appointments are constantly being released. Check these links regularly for new available appointment slots. 
  • Contact your doctor to inquire about appointments. If they are affiliated with certain hospitals, it may be possible to get a vaccine through their office.

Links to State Departments of Health

Go to your state's health department for up-to-date information on vaccination policies in your area or click on the state below (Abby Goodnough – NYTimes):

Alabama ›Alaska ›Arizona ›Arkansas ›California ›Colorado ›Connecticut ›Delaware ›Washington, D.C. ›Florida ›Georgia ›Hawaii ›Idaho ›Illinois ›Indiana ›Iowa ›Kansas ›Kentucky ›Louisiana ›Maine ›Maryland ›Massachusetts ›Michigan ›Minnesota ›Mississippi ›Missouri ›Montana ›Nebraska ›Nevada ›New Hampshire ›New Jersey ›New Mexico ›New York ›North Carolina ›North Dakota ›Ohio ›Oklahoma ›Oregon ›Pennsylvania ›Rhode Island ›South Carolina ›South Dakota ›Tennessee ›Texas ›Utah ›Vermont ›Virginia ›Washington ›West Virginia ›Wisconsin ›Wyoming ›

NYC/NYS Sites:

  • Local & State Government Vaccine Resources: Make a vaccine appointment and learn more about vaccine sites in New York.

    • By Phone:

      • Call 311.

      • The NYC Vaccine Reservation Center at 1-877-829-4692 (1-877-VAX-4NYC).

      • NYS COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-697-4829 (1-833-NYS-4-VAX) for information and scheduling appointments at NYS locations. 

    • Online:

      • For an overview and updates on NYC’s COVID-19 Vaccine roll-out, CLICK HERE.

      • To find your nearest vaccination site using the NYC Vaccine Finder, CLICK HERE.

      • To check if you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, CLICK HERE.

  • Additional Resources:

    • NYC Vaccine List, a new volunteer-run website that pulls vaccine appointment information from both the New York state and local websites. It clearly displays which vaccination sites currently have available appointments and which are filled to capacity. It’s important to refresh the page every few minutes to ensure you are getting updated information as it becomes available. To access the NYC Vaccine List website CLICK HERE.

    • TurboVax, another volunteer-run website that finds appointments from 45 city and state-run vaccine sites in the NYC area. To access the NYC Vaccine List website CLICK HERE.

General Information:

Before you visit a vaccination site, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Reschedule your appointment if you are not feeling well on the day of your appointment.
  • Wear a face mask to your appointment. You will not be allowed into the site without one.
  • What to expect after you get the vaccine:
  • To learn more about what to expect after you get your COVID vaccine, check out this booklet from the NYC Health Department "What You Need to Know After Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccine".
  • With or without the vaccine, mask and social distancing guidelines remain in effect. Please adhere to them for the benefit of everyone.
  • Many who have received the coronavirus vaccine wonder: What can I safely do? Now that vaccines are here, the newly inoculated wonder: How do I interact with people who are not vaccinated? Read this Washington Post article here for some answers.


Be persistent. Use your full network (doctors, hospitals, clinics, community centers, etc.). Check the sites early in the AM and after 9 PM and check several times throughout the day. In addition to the large feeder sites, check individual sites too. The State and the City are using different facilities. Check with them individually (Javits is a NYS facility while Bellevue is a NYC facility). The rationale to check often is that facilities receive vaccine during varying hours of the day.

Here’s How CBST Can Help with COVID Vaccines:

If you are having technology challenges and do not know how to register for the COVID vaccine, CBST’s Vaccine Corps can offer you assistance. To accomplish this, we will need your telephone number. One of our volunteers will call you and get your permission to register you while you’re both on the phone. The CBST volunteer cannot register you without you being on the phone with you.

Please note, CBST cannot make appointments for you; CBST does not have access to appointments. This assistance is for vaccine registration technology only. If you have already registered, continue attempting to schedule your own appointment. Please, note, also, that the information provided here is subject to change as new policies and distribution timetables change.

The CBST volunteer will read to you questions from the COVID vaccination registration form (date of birth, phone number, sexual identity, race, email address, etc.) and obtain your consent to register you for the vaccine.

Please note this will be to register you and is primarily for technologically challenged individuals. The CBST volunteer generally cannot arrange an appointment for you; it will be necessary for you to continue to pursue a vaccination appointment on your own once you’re registered. However, if you continue to experience difficulties securing an appointment, please fill out this brief form.  We will do our best to help you.

We look forward to more vaccines arriving soon in NYC and throughout the USA (and beyond), and to taking steps toward a time of health and safety for us all.

If you have any questions about this or social service support, please contact CBST’s social worker, Judy Ribnick, LCSW, at jribnick@cbst.org or (917) 310-4656.  If you would like to speak with one of CBST’s rabbis about a pastoral matter, you can contact them at rabbi@cbst.org.

Thanks to CBST’s Vaccine Corps (in formation): Alicia Fowler, Cheryl Segal, Diane Burhenne, Jinny Henenberg, Lauren Goldrich, Sara Sloan, Sue Rosansky and Sharon Golub.

Image credit: nyc.gov