Suffolk County COVID-19 Vaccination Center


New York State is currently in Phase 1a and 1b. Vaccines for eligible members of the community are only being distributed at special vaccine centers located outside of hospitals and doctor’s offices. Due to limited supply, the state is also making the vaccine available to community members in phases.


Frequently Asked Questions

New York State determines when you qualify to receive the vaccine. The State has established guidance, protocols, and priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination based on need and risk.

Phase 1a & Phase 1b
We are currently in Phase 1a and initial groups from Phase 1b.
Eligible New Yorkers in Phase 1A and 1b are:
  • High-risk hospital workers (emergency room workers, ICU staff and Pulmonary Department staff)
  • Residents and staff at nursing homes and other congregate care facilities
  • Federally Qualified Health Center employees
  • EMS workers
  • Coroners, medical examiners and certain funeral workers
  • Staff and residents at OPWDD, OMH and OASAS facilities
  • Urgent Care providers
  • Individuals administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staff
  • All Outpatient/Ambulatory front-line, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care
  • All staff who are in direct contact with patients (i.e., intake staff)
  • All front-line, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID-19 tests, handling COVID-19 specimens and COVID-19 vaccinations. This includes, but is not limited to,
    • Doctors who work in private medical practices and their staff
    • Doctors who work in hospital-affiliated medical practices and their staff
    • Doctors who work in public health clinics and their staff
    • Registered Nurses
    • Specialty medical practices of all types
    • Dentists and Orthodontists and their staff
    • Psychiatrists and Psychologists and their staff
    • Physical Therapists and their staff
    • Optometrists and their staff
    • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Aides
    • Home care workers
    • Hospice workers
  • Staff of nursing homes/skilled nursing facilities who did not receive COVID vaccination through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program
Beginning January 11, 2021:
  • Individuals Age 65 and older
  • First Responders and Support Staff of First Responder Agencies
    • Fire Service
      • State Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)
      • Local Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)
    • Police and Investigators
      • State Police, including Troopers
      • State Park Police, DEC Police, Forest Rangers
      • SUNY Police
      • Sheriffs' Offices
      • County Police Departments and Police Districts
      • City, Town, and Village Police Departments
      • Transit of other Public Authority Police Departments
      • State Field Investigators, including Department of Motor Vehicles, State Commission of Correction, Justice Center, Department of Financial Service, Inspector General, Department of Tax and Finance, Office of Children and Family Services, and State Liquor Authority
    • Public Safety Communications
      • Emergency Communication and Public Safety Answering Point Personnel, including dispatchers and technicians
    • Other Sworn and Civilian Personnel
      • Court Officers
      • Other Police or Peace Officers
      • Support of Civilian Staff of any of the above services, agencies or facilities
  • Corrections
    • State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Personnel, including correction and parole officers
    • Local Correctional Facilities, including correction officers
    • Local Probation Departments, including probation officers
    • State Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities
    • Local Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities
  • P-12 Schools
    • P-12 school or school district faculty or staff (includes all teachers, substitute teachers, student teachers, school administrators, paraprofessional staff and support staff including bus drivers)
    • Contractors working in a P-12 school or school district (including contracted bus drivers)
  • Licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt group Childcare Providers
    • Employees or Support Staff of Licensed or Registered Childcare Setting
  • Public Transit
    • Airline and airport employees
    • Passenger railroad employees
    • Subway and mass transit employees (i.e., MTA, LIRR, Metro North, NYC Transit, Upstate transit)
    • Ferry employees
    • Port Authority employees
    • Public bus employees
  • Individuals living in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared with individuals and families who are not part of your the same household
  • Individuals working (paid or unpaid) in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared by individuals and families who are not part of the same household, in a position where there is potential for interaction with shelter residents
  • Public-facing grocery store workers
  • In-person college instructors

We're currently vaccinating people in Phase 1a and Phase 1b. If you believe that you are included in Phase 1a or Phase 1b, please find a location to confirm your eligibility and schedule an appointment.

The vaccine is free of charge.

The initial COVID-19 vaccines -- Pfizer and Moderna -- require two doses. If you receive the Pfizer vaccine, you need to obtain a follow-up dose 21 days apart. If you receive the Moderna vaccine, you need to obtain a follow-up dose 28 days apart.

The level of protection increases dramatically after receiving the second shot of the vaccine, and second shots provide longer-lasting immunity than just a single dose.

Suffolk County has partnered with Northwell Health to open up a vaccine distribution center, which will be administered in coordination with New York State.

New York State has launched a new "Am I Eligible" app to help New Yorkers determine their eligibility, connect them with administration centers, and schedule appointments. To access the app, as well as find the latest information concerning the vaccine and its administration, visit:

Because COVID-19 disproportionately affected people of color, priority will be given to vaccinating people living in communities where the virus is prevalent. While the first phases of New York State’s vaccination campaign will focus on health care workers, nursing home residents, first-responders and workers in essential and critical industries, others at high risk of contracting the virus – including those with underlying medical conditions and residents within communities adversely affected by health disparities -- will be offered the vaccine before it’s made available to the general public.

As the largest health care provider in New York State, Northwell Health has been asked by Governor Andrew Cuomo to establish a Health Equity Taskforce, which will convene on January 5, 2021. Its mission is to work with the medical community to ensure the equitable distribution of the vaccine to communities where there is a history of health disparities and a high prevalence of chronic diseases that make people more vulnerable to COVID-19. Northwell has reached out to leaders within those communities in Nassau and Suffolk counties to serve on the Task Force, and work with us on how best to inform and educate residents of diverse communities about COVID-19 vaccinations.

Northwell Health is working with health officials in Nassau and Suffolk counties to identify locations where the vaccine will be administered, including sites within or near high-risk communities. Once a list of vaccination sites has been finalized, Northwell and county officials will work with community leaders to ensure that information is broadly disseminated to local residents.
For more information on how Suffolk County is working with Northwell Health to address health disparities and outreach to underserved communities, please visit