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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

As of April 6th 2021, all New York residents 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (note that only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for ages 16+; at this time, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are 18+).

At Callen-Lorde, we have limited vaccine supply and capacity, and will therefore be proactively contacting patients for appointments as we have availability. To make an appointment outside of Callen-Lorde, please visit

Vaccine FAQ

What are the vaccines?

Today, there are three vaccines approved for use in the United StatesModerna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson, though there may be more that come on the market. Moderna and Pfizer each require two shots, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one. At this time, Callen-Lorde is offering the Moderna vaccine, based on supply and availability.

Are they effective?

Yes. All of the available vaccines are nearly 100% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19.

Are they safe?

All vaccines must be rigorously tested before they can be released to the public. While these vaccines were approved for emergency use, they are still held to the same safety standards as other vaccines.  Some mild to moderate side effects are common and can include swelling, pain, redness at the injection site, fatigue, and rarely, a low-grade fever that resolves within about 24 hours.

When can I get the vaccine?

Callen-Lorde is able to offer the vaccine on a limited basis to patients that are eligible based on medical criteria. However, due to limited supply, if you are eligible but cannot get an appointment at Callen-Lorde, we strongly encourage you to search for city-wide appointments at

If I get the vaccine, do I still need to wear a mask?

Yes. While the vaccines are very effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 and severe complications (meaning getting sick enough to have symptoms and/or be hospitalized), there is not enough data to determine if it is possible to be asymptomatic (meaning to be infected with the virus, but show no symptoms) and spread it to others. This is why it is still important to wear masks and practice physical distancing even if you are vaccinated.