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During 2020, COVID-19 swept through New York City and disproportionately affected communities of color. As new variants emerge, we want to keep our community safe with information from experts who look like us. We are launching our campaign, Vaxxed & Masked, to promote informed decision-making as we continue to navigate through this pandemic. Although there are a lot of myths and speculation regarding the vaccine, one fact remains true: a vast majority of hospitalized COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated. To create space for this information sharing, our campaign also includes weekly Community Conversations, offered in multiple languages, covering various aspects of COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccines are free! 

Insurance, social security number or sharing immigration status is not required.

ID is only required to confirm proof of age, and can be any document with your name and age on it.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, including against the new variants.

Scientists used decades of research for other vaccines to develop COVID-19 vaccines. The vaccines went through large clinical studies that showed they protect people from severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization and death, and have been given safely to millions of people in the U.S.

You may experience some side effects.

Common side effects include arm soreness, headache, body aches, tiredness and fever. Serious side effects are very rare. The vaccines do not contain the virus that causes COVID-19, change your DNA or give you COVID-19.

You should continue to wear masks indoors even if you’ve been vaccinated.

Once fully vaccinated, you can do many activities without a face mask. However, we recommend you keep your mask on in
all public indoor settings to protect others, including children under age 12 and people who are immunocompromised. Also, you must follow the mask requirements of any place you go, such as a business, school or workplace, or while using public transportation. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are symptomatic, get tested.

People who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear a face covering and maintain physical distance whenever in public. They may also be asked to provide proof of a negative test to enter some settings or not be allowed altogether in others.