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COVID-19

Everything I’ve Heard About: TESTING & VACCINES

The COVID testing and vaccine rollout is far from streamlined–to say the least–so I’ve compiled the resources I know about on this page in an attempt to create a one-stop portal (I’ve folded in information from my previous testing-only page). Most testing is free or covered by insurance; vaccines are all free. This page’s information is updated as we receive updates (Much of this information comes from the NYC and NYS COVID vaccine portals). Jump to the information you’re interested in by clicking the links below:

Vaccine Eligibility // Vaccination Sites  //  About the Vaccine  // Testing Sites

Vaccine eligibility

All New Yorkers 16+ are eligible as of Tuesday, 4/6/21. Only the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for 16- and 17-year-olds, and they need a parent or guardian present during the vaccination.

Vaccination sites

To avoid large lines at the vaccine sites, most vaccines are currently scheduled by appointment. However, New Yorkers 50+ (and one companion) can walk in to these City-run sites and get vaccinated on the spot (no appointment necessary). Otherwise, find vaccination sites and make an appointment:

  1. Use the NYC COVID Vaccine Finder.
  2. Check availability on NYC Vaccine List or TurboVax, which aggregate available appointments at many State, City, pharmacy, and private sites.
  3. Call the NYC vaccine hotline (877-VAX-4NYC or 877-829-4692) 8 am – 9 pm.
  4. Contact providers listed in the NYS eligibility survey.
  5. Call the NYS vaccine hotline (833-NYS-4VAX or 833-697-4829).
  6. For fully homebound individuals (people who can’t leave their unit), fill out this form or call 877-829-4692 to request in-home vaccination. This doesn’t guarantee an appointment; FDNY personnel will call to confirm eligibility. On that call, household members (family and home health aides) can also request to be vaccinated during the in-home appointment.
  7. Check hospital networks: Northwell HealthNYU Langone (for current patients only and must create a MyChart account to be notified about an appointment); Hospital for Special SurgeryFort Washington Armory (216 Fort Washington Ave.), run by NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine (create a Connect account).
  8. Check SOMOS vaccine sites.
  9. Pharmacies can now vaccinate anyone who’s eligible: CVS (800-SHOP-CVS), Walgreens (800-WALGREENS), RiteAid (800-RITE-AID), and the East Harlem Costco.
  10. Veterans, their spouses, and their caregivers can get vaccinated through the Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Health System. Call 877-877-9267 to schedule an appointment.
  11. Contact your medical provider or local pharmacy.

Once you’ve scheduled an appointment, complete this online form. (Once you complete the form, you’re then supposed to receive a submission ID number by email.) Bring to your appointment your submission ID and:

  • A form of ID with your birthdate (driver’s license, passport, etc.) and
  • Proof of employment in New York for non-NYC residents (employee ID card, pay stub, or letter from your employer certifying you work there).

Once you’re vaccinated, register for the CDC’s V-safe online tool, which texts a weekly symptoms survey to your smartphone to track any post-vaccine side effects and helps public health experts track the vaccine’s effectiveness.

If you’re hesitant, learn more about the vaccine

If you are hesitant to take the vaccine right now, here are some facts to consider.

Research on “messenger RNA” (mRNA)– a template cells use to carry genetic instructions for producing proteins– has been ongoing for decades (the MIT professor who developed it won the 1993 Nobel Prize in Medicine) after mRNA was discovered in 1961. That’s one reason why these vaccines were able to be tested so quickly in clinical trials.

Recently developed biological technology used by a small, nimble German pharma company, BioNtech, helped test and perfect the synthetic mRNA, which forms the basis for the vaccines. As one observer put it“It is absolutely extraordinary that this new approach to vaccination — injecting chemical RNA into the muscle — has come through so quickly and proven to be so effective. It opens up a whole new field of vaccinology…”

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, the first to be approved by the FDA, was tested on 18,198 people (9.1% of participants were Black, 28% were Latinx, 4.3% were Asian, and 0.5% were American Indian/Alaska native). The Moderna vaccine was tested on 15,200 people. Around half of the recipients reported fatigue or chills, and one in seven reported a 24-hour fever. No serious side effects were identified in any recipient, and recipients who felt ill nonetheless said they were glad to have gotten the vaccine. (More here).

Finally, the mRNA vaccines do not contain the virus itself– the way, say, measles vaccines do– and do not alter DNA in the human body’s cells.

I’ve gotten the vaccine; I think everyone should.

Testing sites

The following is a list of testing sites for both swab testing (for those who suspect they are infected) and antibody testing (for those who believe they have already recovered from the virus) in Manhattan. All sites are swab testing sites and available by appointment only, unless otherwise noted. Last updated: 4/20/2021

Zoom into this map of Manhattan testing sites (click on the four corners icon at top right to go full-screen):

If you’d rather read through our listings, scroll below (but every listing is represented on the map above; click on a pin, and the details will popup).

Temporary NYC Test and Trace Partner Sites

  • The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine:
    1047 Amsterdam Ave
    4/19-4/20: 10a – 3p
    4/21-4/23: 9:30a -3p
    4/24: 9:30a – 5p
  • Chinatown/LES Unity Outreach
    97 Canal St
    4/19-4/25: 8a – 7p
  • LSA Family Health
    E 115th St and 1st Ave
    4/19-4/23: 8a – 7p
  • Masaryk Towers
    75 Columbia St
    4/19-4/25: 8a – 7p
  • First Spanish UMC
    Corner of E 111th St & Lexington Ave
    4/19-4/25: 8a – 7p
  • J. Hood Wright Park
    W 173rd and Haven Avenue
    4/19-4/25: 8a – 7p
  • Word Up Community/Bookshop Libreria Comunitaria
    2113 Amsterdam Ave
    4/20-4/21: 10a – 4p
    4/22: 9:30a – 4p
  • Holcombe Rucker Community League
    505 W 152nd St
    4/22: 9:30a – 4p
  • Golden Era Social Adult Day Care
    3863 10th Ave. (near 207th St.)
    4/23: 9:30a – 5p
  • Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church
    456 W 162nd St
    4/23-4/24: 9:30a – 4p

NYC Test and Trace Rapid Testing Sites

Free rapid COVID testing with results in 24 hours or less. Appointments can be made up to a week in advance here.

COVID Express Central Harlem
2238 5th Ave., 1st floor

COVID Express Chelsea
303 9th Ave.

COVID Express Riverside
160 W. 100th St.

COVID Express Washington Heights
600 W. 168th St., 3rd floor

New York City Health + Hospital Testing Locations

NYC Health+Hospitals has these locations open for walk-in testing during the hours listed. Tests are completely covered by insurance or free for those without insurance. Call (844) NYC-4NYC toll free for information about any of their clinics.
Check testing wait times here.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Gouverneur
227 Madison St.
844-692-4692
Mo-Fr: 9a – 3p
Sa – Su: 9a – 2p
COVID and antibody testing offered here

NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
462 1st. Ave.
212-562-5555
Mo-Fr: 7:30a – 2p
Sa: 7:30a – 3:30p
Su: 9a – 1p
COVID and antibody testing offered here

NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem
506 Lenox Ave.
(844) 692-4692

Mo-Fr: 8a – 3:30p
Sa – Su: 8:30a – 4p
COVID and antibody testing offered here

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health Dyckman-Clinica de Las Americas
175 Nagle Ave.
(844) 692-4692
Mo-Sa: 9a – 3:30p
Su: 9a – 1p
COVID and antibody testing offered here

NYC Health + Hospitals/Highbridge Pool
2301 Amsterdam Ave.
(844) 692-4692
Mon-Su: 9a – 7p
Rapid COVID testing and antibody testing offered here

 

Private Hospitals

Lenox Hill Hospital
100 E. 77th St.
(212) 434-2000
Mo-Su: 8a – 4p
Referral required from primary care physician
Cost varies by insurance type‍

New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
525 E. 68th St
(212) 746-5454
Mo-Fr: 9a – 5p
COVID and antibody testing available
Appointment necessary
Completely covered by insurance
Free for those without insurance

New York University Langone Tisch Hospital
Ground Floor, Medical Science Building
550 1st Ave.
(212) 263-6906
Mo-Fr: 8a – 6p
Sa: 8a – 6p
COVID and antibody testing available
Appointment required
Physician order required – Must sign up through a NYU Langone virtual urgent care visit, if not already an existing patient
Free for those with insurance
$125 without insurance (cost of the virtual urgent care appointment)

Local/Community Testing Locations (Pop-Up Locations)
All sites are walk-in, completely covered by insurance and free for those without insurance unless otherwise noted.

Lakeview Apartments (mobile van)
1590 Madison Ave.
Tu, Sa: 11a – 4p
Sponsored by Rep. Adriano Espaillat and Dr. Karen Thornton

Roosevelt Island
524 Main St.
We-Sa: 9a – 5p
Rapid testing only
Make an appointment here

East 111th
141 E. 111th St.
(844) 692-4692
Mo-Su: 9a – 7p

Manhattanville Renaissance Medical Centers
21 Old Broadway
(844) 692-4692
Mo-Su: 9a – 7p

Settlement Health
212 E. 106th St.
(212) 360-2600
We, Fr: 10a – 2:50p

The ‍Riverside Church
91 Claremont Ave.
(212) 870-6784
Tu, We, Sa: 9a – 4p
COVID and antibody testing available

Esplanade Gardens (Esplanade Gardens residents only)
North Community Room
129-133 W. 147th St.
Mo, Th: 11a – 5a
COVID and antibody testing available

Betances Health Center
280 Henry St.
212-227-8401
Sa: 10a – 2p

Living Redemption Youth Opportunity Hub
302 W. 124th St.
Fr: 11a – 4p

Private Clinical Testing Locations

‍‍ParCare Community-Harlem
‍301 E. 99th St
(718) 963-0800
Mo-Th: 9a – 7p
Fr: 9 a – 2 p
Sa: 6p – 10p
Su: 9a – 5p
COVID and antibody testing available
Walk-in
Completely covered by these insurances: parcarecenter.com/insurance/
COVID test (without insurance): $45
Antibody test (without insurance): $100+

Harlem ACPNY (Advantage Care Physicians)
215 W. 125th St
(212) 491-2400
Mo-Th: 9a – 4p
COVID and antibody testing available
Referral from physician needed and appointment necessary
Completely covered by most insurances
For those without insurance: $115+

Upper East Side ACPNY (Advantage Care Physicians)
215 E. 95th St.
(212) 996-8000
Mo, Tu, We, Fr: 9a – 4p
COVID and antibody testing available
Referral from physician needed and appointment necessary
Completely covered by most insurances
For those without insurance: $115+

Washington Heights ACPNY (Advantage Care Physicians)
4337 Broadway
Mo-Wed: 8a – 6p
Th: 8a – 8p
Fr: 8a – 5p
Sa: 8a – 6p

Mount Sinai Doctors W. 23rd St.
309 W. 23rd St.
(212) 256-7000
Mo-Fr: 8a – 7p
Sa-Su: 9a -4p
COVID and antibody testing available
Appointment required for those with symptoms
With insurance: copay
Without insurance: $250

Mount Sinai Doctors  E. 34th St.
55 E. 34th St.
(212) 252-6000
Mo-Fr: 8a-7p
Sa-Su: 8a-1p
Appointment required
COVID and antibody testing available
With insurance: copay
Without insurance: $125

Mount Sinai Union Square
10 Union Square East
(212) 844-6000
Mo-Fr: 9a – 5p
Sa-Su: 10a – 3p
COVID and antibody testing available
No appointment necessary
Free with and without insurance

East Harlem Council for Human Services/Boriken Neighborhood Health Center
2265 3rd Ave.
Mo, We: 8a – 6p
Tu, Th, Fr: 8a – 5p
Sa: 8a – 4p

African Services Committee
429 W. 127th St.
Mo-Fr: 9a – 5p

LabQ Diagnostic Van Locations

LabQ Washington Heights
181st St. and St. Nicholas Ave.
(888) LABQ-247
Su-Fr: 10a – 5p
English and Spanish
See accepted insurance here

LabQ Upper West Side
W. 97th St. and Amsterdam Ave.
(888) LABQ-247
Su-Fr: 10a – 5p
English and Spanish
See accepted insurance here

LabQ West Side
W. 71st St. and Broadway
(888) LABQ-247
Su-Fr: 10a – 5p
English and Spanish
See accepted insurance here

LabQ Lincoln Square
W. 66th St. and Broadway
(888) LABQ-247
Su-Fr: 10a – 5p
English and Spanish
See accepted insurance here

LabQ Madison Square Garden
W. 34th St. and 8th Ave.
(888) LABQ-247
Su-Fr: 10a – 5p
English and Spanish
See accepted insurance here

LabQ Grand Central
42nd St. and Park Ave.
(888) LABQ-247
Su-Fr: 10a – 5p
English and Spanish
See accepted insurance here

LabQ Pier 11
Wall St. and South St.
(888) LABQ-247
Su-Fr: 10a – 5p
English and Spanish
See accepted insurance here

LabQ Staten Island Ferry Terminal
South St. and Whitehall St.
(888) LABQ-247
Su-Fr: 10a – 5p
English and Spanish
See accepted insurance here

Private Mobile Testing Locations

Brigid St. Emeric
119 Ave. B
(833) 766-6769
COVID and antibody testing available
Appointment necessary
Completely covered by most insurances
Free for those without insurance

St. Elizabeth
268 Wadsworth Ave.
(833) 766-6769
COVID and antibody testing available
Appointment necessary
Completely covered by most insurances
Free for those without insurance

One Medical-Manhattan (Hudson Yards)
517 W 35th St.
(888) 663-6331
COVID and antibody testing available
Membership registration and appointment required– but anyone can sign up for a FREE 30-day membership trial just to be tested
COVID test: $100
Antibody test: $55
Covered by most insurances

OpenClear Clinic
(646) 397-6784
Doctor makes house calls, call for appointment
Not covered by insurance
12-24 hour turnaround: $899
24-48 hour turnaround: $759
48-72 hour turnaround: $499

Urgent Care Testing Locations

CityMD Urgent Care Locations
CityMD locations are walk-in and offer COVID and antibody testing, which are completely completed by most insurances or free without insurance.

City MD Urgent Care W. 104th
2710 Broadway
(212) 658-0676
Mo-Fr: 8a – 7p
Sa-Su: 8a – 3p

CityMD Urgent Care W. 14th
14 W. 14th St.
(212) 390-0558
Mo-Su: 8a – 10:45p

CityMD Urgent Care E. 14th
216 E. 14th St
(212) 256-1049
Mo-Fr: 8a – 7p
Sa-Su: 8a  -3p‍

CityMD Urgent Care E. 23rd
212 E. 23rd St
(646) 518-0163
Mo-Fr: 8a – 7p
Sa-Su: 8a – 3p

CityMD Urgent Care E. 67th
1150 3rd Ave.
(212) 933-0007
Mo-Fr: 8a – 7p
Sa-Su: 8a – 3p‍

CityMD Urgent Care E. 86th
336 E. 86th St
(212) 933-1364
Mo-Fr: 7a – 10:45p
Sa-Su: 9a – 7p

CityMD Urgent Care E. 96th
1500 Lexington Ave
(212) 710-1065
Mo-Fr: 7a – 10:45p
Sa-Su: 9a- 7p

CityMD Urgent Care Fulton
138 Fulton St.
(212) 271-4896
Mo-Fr: 8a – 7p
Sa-Su: 8a – 3p‍

CityMD Urgent Care Lower East Side
138 Delancey St.
(212) 609-2541
Mo-Fr: 8a – 7p
Sa-Su: 8a – 3p

CityMD Urgent Care W. 125th
80 W. 125th St.
(212) 913-0820
Mo-Fr: 8a – 7p
Sa-Su: 8a – 3p‍

CityMD Urgent Care W. 146th
3556 Broadway
(212) 271-4364
Mo-Fr: 8a – 7p
Sa-Su: 8a – 3p

CityMD Urgent Care-W. 181st
617-625 W. 181st St.
(646) 346-7922
Mo-Fr: 8a – 7p
Sa-Su: 8a – 3p

CityMD Urgent Care W. 23rd
37 W. 23rd St.
(646) 596-9267
Mo-Fr: 8a – 7p
Sa-Su: 8a – 3p

CityMD Urgent Care W. 42nd
345 W. 42nd St.
(646) 518-0159
Mo-Fr: 8a – 7p
Sa-Su: 9a – 3:30p

CityMD Urgent Care W. 57th
315 W. 57th St.
(212) 315-2330
Mo-Fr: 7a – 9:30p
Sa-Su: 9a – 4:30p

CityMD Urgent Care W. 69th
2025 Broadway
(212) 390-8812
Mo-Fr: 8a – 6:30p
Sa-Su: 8a – 3:30p

CityMD Urgent Care W. 88th
2398 Broadway
(212) 721-2111
Mo-Fr: 8a – 9:30p
Sa-Su: 9a – 5:30p‍

CityMD Urgent Care W. Harlem
356 W 125th St.
(646) 647-1267
Mo-Fr: 8a – 7p
Sa-Su: 8a – 3p‍

CityMD Urgent Care E. 50th
952 2nd Ave.
(212) 271-4864
Mo-Fr: 8a – 7p
Sa-Su: 8a – 3p

CityMD Urgent Care Tribeca
87 Chambers St.
(212) 271-4864
Mo-Fr: 8a – 7p
Sa-Su: 8a – 3p

CityMD Urgent Care E. 79th
1143 Lexington Ave.
(646) 350-4815
Mo-Fr: 7a – 10p
Sa-Su: 9a – 6p

CityMD Urgent Care W. 33rd
5 Pennsylvania Plaza
(646) 647-1249
Mo-Fr: 8a – 7:30p
Sa-Su: 9a – 2:30p

CityMD Urgent Care W. 29th
330 7th Ave.
(646) 647-1263
Mo-Fr: 8a – 8p
Sa-Su: 9a – 4p

CityMD Urgent Care E. 37th
561 3rd Ave.
(212) 729-4668
Mo-Fr: 9a – 8p
Sa-Su: 9a – 2p

CityMD Urgent Care Noho
654 Broadway
(646) 647-1251
Mo-Fr: 8a – 10:45p
Sa-Su: 9a – 7p

CityMD Urgent Care W. 4th
331 6th Ave.
(212) 219-2659
Mo-Su: 9a – 7p
Sa-Su: 9a – 5p

CityMD Urgent Care Financial District
24 Broad Street
(646) 647-1259
Mo-Fr: 8a – 7:30p
Sa-Su: 9a – 2:30p

GoHealth Urgent Care Locations
GoHealth locations are appointment only and offer COVID and antibody testing completely covered by most insurances and $120+ for those without insurance. Rapid testing is $75+ (not covered by UnitedHealth or EmblemHealth). Hours are:
Mo-Fr 8a – 8p

Sa-Su 9a – 5p

GoHealth Urgent Care Center Chelsea
225 W. 23rd St.
(212) 897-1994

GoHealth Urgent Care Center E. 81st
1555 1st Ave.
(212) 897-1995

GoHealth Urgent Care Center Greenwich Village
41 E. 8th St.
(212) 897-1991‍

GoHealth Urgent Care Center W. 100th
2628 Broadway
(212) 897-1992

GoHealth Urgent Care Center W. 69th
199 Amsterdam Ave.
(212) 721-4200

Cure Urgent Care Locations
Cure locations offer walk-in COVID and antibody testing completely covered by most insurances. Without insurance, the COVID test is $365 and the antibody test is $99. Hours are:
Mo-Fr: 8a – 8p
​Sa-Su: 9a – 6p

Cure Urgent Care
175 E. 96th St.
(212) 776-4292‍

Cure Urgent Care
2689 Broadway
(212) 776-4320

Medirite Urgent Care Locations
Medirite locations offer walk-in COVID and antibody testing completely covered by most insurances and $225 without insurance.

Medrite Urgent Care Midtown East
919 2nd Ave.
(212) 935-3333
Mo-Su: 8a – 8p

Medrite Walk-In Urgent Care Midtown West
330 W. 42nd St.
(212) 695-4444
Mo-Su: 9a – 6p

Medrite Walk-In Urgent Care Upper Manhattan
177 Dyckman St.
(212) 235-1633
Mo-Fr 9a – 3:30p
Sa-Su: 9a – 1p

ProHEALTH Urgent Care Locations
ProHEALTH locations offer COVID and antibody testing completely covered by most insurances and cost varies without insurance.

‍ProHEALTH Urgent Care of Gramercy Park
291 3rd Ave.
(516) 874-0411
To make an appointment: SOLBhealth.com
Mo-Fr: 8a – 7p
Sa-Su: 8a – 4p
Appointment required
Not covered by UnitedHealth’s community and networks plans

ProHEALTH Urgent Care of Yorkville
1601 3rd Ave.
(646) 692-6272
Mo-Fr: 8a – 8p
No appointment necessary
For those without insurance: $115+

Other Urgent Care Locations

Midtown New York Doctors Walk-In Urgent Care
205 Lexington Ave.
(212) 684-4700
Mo-Su: 9a – 4p
COVID and antibody testing available
No appointment necessary
Completely covered by most insurances (or provided Social Security Number)
Free for those without insurance‍

New York Doctors Walk-In Urgent Care
65 W. 13th St.
(212) 414-2800
Mo-Su: 9a – 3:30p
COVID and antibody testing available
Appointment preferred
Completely covered by most insurances (or provided Social Security Number)
Free for those without insurance

StatCare Midtown Manhattan Urgent Care & Walk-In Clinic NYC
715 9th Ave. Suite 1
(917) 310-3371
Mo-Fr: 8a – 8p
Sa-Su: 9a – 3p
COVID and antibody testing available
No appointment required
Completely covered by most insurances
Cost varies without insurance

Somos Community Care Locations
COVID and antibody testing available by appointment. Visit somoscommunitycare.org to make an appointment or call 1-833-SOMOS-NY

SOMOS: Metropolis Medical PC
111 W. 110th St.
(212) 865-2740
Tu, Th: 9a – 3p for blood, depends for viral (doctor comes in irregular times)
Appointment required
Free with and without insurance

SOMOS: Washington Heights Pediatrics
4260 Broadway
(212) 923-8451
Mo-Fr: 9a – 1p
Appointment and screening (online form) required

SOMOS: First Step Pediatrics PC
3421 Broadway
(212) 283-6100
Mo-Fr: 9a – 1p
Appointment and screening (online form) required

SOMOS: Hispaniola Medical Care PC
19 Hamilton Place #1
(212) 234-0800
Mo-Fr: 9a – 11a
Appointment and screening (online form) required

SOMOS: Pediatrics 2000 II PC
3332 Broadway
(212) 694-2000
Mo-Fr: 9a – 1p
Appointment and screening (online form) required

SOMOS: Luisa Perez, MD
145 W. 96th St., Suite C
(212) 663-3420
Mo-Fri: 9a – 1p
Appointment and screening (online form) required

SOMOS: Stage Pediatrics
128 Fort Washington Ave.
Mo-Fr: 9:30a – 5p

SOMOS: Carmen Garcia, MD
452 Fort Washington Ave.
Mo-Fr: 9a – 5p

 

Medical Offices of Manhattan
PCR (3-5 business days viral), antigen (same-day viral) and antibody (3-5 business days) testing available by appointment. Cost varies by insurance, and without insurance visits are $199 for required consult and $100 (PCR), $89 (antigen) and $50 (antibody).

Medical Offices of Manhattan Midtown East
211 E. 51st Street
(212) 398-1709
Mo-Fr: 8a – 4:30p
Sa:  9a – 4:30p

Medical Offices of Manhattan Upper East Side
201 E. 65th Street
212-879-4700

Categories: COVID-19