General Lab Information

Vaccine Availability and Appointments

COVID-19 vaccines are available, and many New Yorkers have already received theirs. The more people who get vaccinated, the more protected we will be from COVID-19. Brookhaven Lab staff are asked to join the effort to encourage as many colleagues, community members, and family members as possible to get vaccinated.

Key facts

  • Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
  • The vaccines cannot give you COVID-19, as they do not contain the live virus.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are free of charge.
  • The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines require two doses. The second dose is crucial for building the highest level of protection against COVID-19. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires one dose. All versions may require a booster in the future to address new virus strains.

The Centers for Disease Control has the latest information about COVID-19 vaccines. New York State also has details about eligibility, distribution, and effectiveness.

Find a Vaccination Site

Vaccine Finder, maintained by Boston Children's Hospital. This site allows you to search by zip code as well as for specific vaccines (J&J, Pfizer, Moderna) and has listings for pharmacies and supermarkets.

Vaccine Spotter. A third-party search tool developed by National Renewable Energy Laboratory software engineer Nick Muerdter. Scans by zip code and distance for availability at most retail locations.

State and Retail Vaccine Provider Websites

  • New York State eligibility and appointment tool - Use this to determine eligibility and schedule an appointment at a State-run vaccination site.
  • Suffolk County
  • Nassau County
  • CVS - If the first listing of locations indicates no appointments are available, continue with your search. This website is often slow to update its location availability but appointment opportunities will show once you limit your search by town name or zip code.

N.Y. State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline

Help for BNLers

Having trouble navigating the vaccine resources? Can’t find a convenient appointment? Contact Alison Clark (Ext. 7111) for help.

If you’re on site and simply need access to a computer to make an appointment, you can use the workstation available in the Berkner lobby. If you need additional assistance, contact Kelly Boehm (Ext. 2280) to arrange a time to meet there.

Keep Your Vaccination Card Safe

After you receive your first Pfizer or Moderna shot, or your single Johnson & Johnson shot, you will receive a vaccination card with a record of your vaccine information. Keep this card safe as you may need it in the future. Tips for protecting your COVID-19 vaccine card

How the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines work

How the Johnson & Johnson vaccine works