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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

Figure out if you’re eligible here (NYC Dept. of Health site) or here (NYS webpage). 

As of Monday, 1/11/21, these categories are newly eligible:

  • People age 65+
  • Public-facing grocery store workers
  • First responders and support staff
  • Correctional facility staff
  • P-12 schools, college, and child care staff (including school bus drivers)
  • Public transit employees (including airport and airline staff)
  • People living, working, or volunteering in congregate homeless shelters

The groups already eligible (Phase 1a) are:

  • Health care workers and public health professionals who see patients in person
  • Home health aides
  • Nursing home residents and staff
  • Staff and residents in facilities run by various NYS health agencies (Offices for People With Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health, and Addiction Services)
  • Medical examiners, coroners, and many funeral home workers
  • Lab staff working with COVID-19 specimens or those administering vaccines

This list of eligibility will be updated regularly.

Vaccination sites

To avoid large lines at the vaccine sites, all vaccines are currently scheduled by appointment. If you’re eligible, you can find vaccination sites and make an appointment:

  1. Ask your primary care provider if they are administering vaccines.
  2. Use the NYC COVID vaccine finder.
  3. Call the NYC vaccine hotline (877-VAX-4NYC or 877-829-4692) 8 am – 9 pm, a NYC Health + Hospital or Dept. of Health Vaccine Hub site.
  4. Contact providers listed in the NYS eligibility survey.
  5. Call the NYS vaccine hotline (833-NYS-4VAX or 833-697-4829).

Appointments may also be available at Northwell Health locations.

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 proof of employment (employee ID card, pay stub, or letter from your employer certifying you work there). If you’re 65+, bring a form of ID with your birthdate (driver’s license, passport, etc.).

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’ll be getting a vaccine now that I’m eligible (as someone over age 65); 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: 1/21/2021

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

  • Bethune Neighborhood Senior Center
    1970 Amsterdam Ave.
    1/18-1/22: 9a – 4p
  • Canaan Baptist Church
    Parking lot at 132 W. 116th St.
    1/18-1/24: 8a – 6p
  • NYCHA Polo Grounds
    Holcombe Rucker Park
    1/18-1/24: 8a – 6p
  • Word Up Bookshop (in partnership with my office)
    2113 Amsterdam Ave.
    1/26: 12p – 4p
  • Penn South
    327 8th Ave.
    1/28, 2/4: 10a – 3p

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.
    212-562-4141
    Mo-Fr: 7:30a – 2p
    Sa: 7:30a – 3:30p
    Su: 9a – 1p
    COVID and antibody testing offered here
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Manhattanville Health Center
    21 Old Broadway
    Mo-Su: 9a – 7p
    COVID and antibody testing offered here
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem
    506 Lenox Ave.
    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
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan
    1901 1st Ave.
    212-423-6262
    Mo-Su: 9a – 3:30p
    COVID and antibody testing offered here
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Sydenham
    264 W. 118th St.
    (844) 692-4692
    Mo-Sa: 9a – 3:30p
    Su: 9a -1p
    COVID 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.

  • Abyssinian Baptist Church
    132 W. 138th St.
    1/25: 10a – 4p
    Make an appointment here
  • 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

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

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

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