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New York City Pharmacies Now Offering COVID-19 Vaccine for Older New Yorkers

A Walgreens, located at 110-88 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills, is now offering the COVID-19 vaccine to seniors (Google Maps)

Feb. 12, 2021 By Allie Griffin

New York City pharmacies are now offering the COVID-19 vaccine to New Yorkers 65 and older through a federal program that significantly boosts the city’s vaccine effort.

More than 250 pharmacies across the five boroughs are now administering the potentially life-saving vaccine, including 188 Walgreens/Duane Reade stores, 75 Rite Aid stores and five Costco stores.

The federal government will supply the pharmacies with a combined 26,500 doses a week — increasing the city’s current weekly allocation of the vaccine by about 20 percent, according to the New York City Health Department.

The doses will be shipped directly to local pharmacies. The first shipment was delivered this week and increase the city’s supply to 158,325 first doses.

The pharmacy vaccination program is designated for those 65 and older and is by appointment only.

The city’s Health Commissioner applauded the program.

“Pharmacies are a trusted part of our infrastructure, particularly for seniors who rely on them for medications and other services,” Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said. “These additional doses will be a lifeline for so many city residents.”

Find a participating neighborhood pharmacy near you. Eligible New Yorkers can look for appointments online at or by calling 1-877-VAX-4NYC.

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Sonia Bernardo

I would like to make an appointment for Covid Vaccine. I’m 69 yrs. old. I’m a Caregiver to an 87 yrs. old widow who lives alone in her house.


I tried to make an appointment for my parent and the site was not working. I tried 10 times. I dont understand why they dont make it easier for the elderly. And they ask for so much information.

We Greatly Appreciate the help

Thank you Sunnyside Post!! I was able to schedule shots for my father and aunt within minutes thanks to your link. I had absolutely no luck with the useless SOMOS and government sites. The Trump administrations negligence was a crippling factor and DeBlasios concern for only NYCHA residents was another detrimental factor for the average tax paying citizen getting inoculated. Finally a light at the end of the tunnel.


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