The Child Center of NY Is a Test and Trace Community Partner

The Child Center is committed to doing everything we can to keep our communities healthy, safe, and thriving. That is why we are a community partner of NYC’s Test and Trace Corps: to get the word out about where you can get tested and/or vaccinated — for free — and how you can protect yourself, your family, and your community from COVID-19.

All individuals 12 years of age and older who reside in the United States are eligible to receive the vaccine. While the vaccination process is underway, New Yorkers should continue to wear a mask, social distance, avoid large gatherings, and follow all other health guidelines.

COVID vaccines are widely available at pharmacies, local health departments, clinics, federally qualified health centers, and other locations across the state. Visit here to find appointments near you or contact your local pharmacy or provider.

To schedule an appointment directly at a New York State-run site, visit New York State’s vaccine scheduler and follow the instructions. Walk-in appointments are also accepted at New York State mass vaccination sites for all eligible individuals.

Find Appointments at State-Run Vaccine Sites

To find a vaccination site near you, use the City’s Vaccine Finder (not accessible with Internet Explorer). Note that people who are 12 to 17 years old can receive the Pfizer vaccine oly.

For more information, please visit the following NYC Department of Health pages:

Vaccine Update

Booster Shots
NYC Health + Hospitals is now offering booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine to the following eligible people who previously received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago:

  • People 65 or older
  • People 18 to 64 who have either an underlying medical condition or a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure due to their job (e.g., health care workers) or where they live or frequently visit (e.g., a homeless shelter)
  • People living in a nursing home or other long-term care facility
Third Dose for Immunocompromised Individuals
A third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) is available for immunocompromised individuals. Walk-ins welcome! You must meet the following three conditions to be eligible:

  • You must be 12 years of age or older.
  • You received two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least 28 days ago.
  • You are considered moderately to severely immunocompromised.

Learn more on the NYC Health + Hospitals website and the FDA fact sheets on the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Youth Advocate Spotlight: T’Shon

Over the last year, The Child Center of NY’s Test and Trace youth advocates have been hard at work getting the word out about COVID-19 testing and vaccination via pamphleting, distributing PPE, and, naturally, through social media. Don’t miss this TikTok video from our “Covid Awareness Crew” at Redfern Cornerstone Community Center, featuring Group Leader T’Shon Skeete getting his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

T’Shon recently spoke with Daniel Stephens, M.D., a pediatrician and Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Division of Family and Child Health, and May Malik, Deputy Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, at NYC Youth Vax Week’s Community and Ethnic Media Virtual Roundtable. Watch the recording to learn more about COVID-19 vaccine safety and efficacy and how NYC is ensuring access to multilingual educational materials and convenient vaccine sites, regardless of language spoken, location, and immigration status.

Excelsior Pass and Excelsior Pass Plus

Excelsior Pass is a free, voluntary platform that provides secure, digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results. Excelsior Pass Plus is a secure, digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record or negative test results.

Get Started

In-Home Vaccination Program

New York State, in partnership with counties, established local points of contact to expand access to vaccines through an in-home vaccination program for those who are homebound due to physical limitations, cognitive impairment, other chronic conditions, a lack of transportation, and/or visual impairments, and who do not have access to supports that may help them physically go to an existing vaccination provider.

In-Home Vaccination Program

What Is Test and Trace?

The NYC Test & Trace Corps is a public health initiative that was established in 2020 to fight COVID-19 so that New Yorkers could get back to school and work and help New York City reopen safely. The Corps is a group of doctors, public health professionals, and community advocates and organizations like The Child Center working to reverse the COVID-19 pandemic and protect our city. We are here to help you be a part of this effort and keep yourself, your family, and your community safe. Everyone, including young people, can still get very sick and spread COVID-19 to loved ones, even if they do not have symptoms. But together we can stop the spread of COVID-19, keep ourselves and our loved ones safe, and help NYC recover by getting vaccinated and practicing these 5 steps:

Test

FREE COVID-19 tests are confidential and safe. Go to NYC.Gov/COVIDTest or text “COVID TEST” to 855-48 to find a testing site near you. Or call 1-844-NYC-4NYC. Get tested even if you do not have symptoms or are unsure if you were exposed to COVID-19. And if you HAVE been exposed (maybe you’ve been in a large crowd), have symptoms, or are planning to visit a loved one who is at risk of severe illness, you should get a COVID-19 diagnostic test. Most results are returned in about 3 to 5 days.

Trace

New Yorkers who test positive for COVID-19 will receive a call from the Test & Trace Corps to make sure that they receive care and can safely separate to prevent the spread. Be sure to answer any calls from NYC Test+Trace or (212) numbers to get free resources and support. They are here to help you and will keep all your information confidential.

Take Care

If you test positive, the NYC Test & Trace Corps will make sure you and your close contacts have the resources needed to safely isolate at home. If you are not able to safely isolate at home, they can also arrange for you to stay in a free, comfortable, and convenient hotel room to help prevent the spread of the virus. NYC Test & Trace Corps Contact Tracers can refer you to the hotel program or anyone can call 1-844-NYC-4NYC (1-844-692-4692) to book a room. Learn more.

What Are the Symptoms of COVID-19?

  • People have reported a wide range of symptoms, from mild to severe.
  • Some people will not have any symptoms but still remain contagious.
  • Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
  • People with the following symptoms may have COVID-19 (this does not include all possible symptoms):
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

How Does COVID-19 Affect Babies & Children?

Children

  • Children have similar symptoms as adults but generally have mild illness.
  • Doctors have identified a rare but serious condition in some children, called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), that is associated with COVID-19. For more information, please see this CDC Fact Sheet.

Developing Babies

  • It is not currently known if there is any risk to the fetus of a pregnant person who has COVID-19.
  • A small number of issues have been reported (such as preterm birth) in babies born to people who tested positive for COVID-19 during pregnancy. It is not clear that these outcomes were related to the birth parent’s infection.
  • There have been few studies of infants who have tested negative for the COVID-19 virus born to parents with COVID-19. There have also been very few studies on infants who tested positive for the virus shortly after birth, but it is unknown if transmission happened before or after birth.
  • The virus has not been found in samples of amniotic fluid or breast milk.

Locating Testing Sites

There are hundreds of convenient testing sites across the city, as well as mobile testing units visiting different locations throughout the five boroughs.

COVID-19 testing is FREE at these sites and completely confidential. You will not be asked about your immigration status when getting tested.

For more information and free resources, visit testandtrace.nyc.

Thank you for doing your part to keep NYC healthy and safe from COVID-19!


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