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Learn about the vaccine

We trust the FDA’s approval process around the two vaccines’ safety and effectiveness, but we recognize there are still some unknowns and hesitation. Getting the vaccine is a personal decision. We recommend considering the vaccine because it may help protect your friends, family, and community. Even if you’re not worried about yourself, and even if you’ve already had or think you’ve had COVID-19, the vaccine can help prevent serious illness from COVID-19.

Know COVID-19 Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

Get tested

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or taken part in activities that put you at a higher risk for COVID-19, we recommend getting tested.

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Check your vaccine eligibility

Each state is rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine in its own phases. In general, healthcare workers, elderly, and high-risk residents will receive the vaccine first. Click on the links below to see when you’ll be eligible. Our care team members can also walk you through when and how you can get vaccinated.

New York

Everyone 16+ who lives, works, or studies in New York is eligible for the vaccine. For more information, please visit


Massachusetts is currently in Phase 2. Individuals 55+, companions who accompany individuals 75 years of age and older, people with one or more specific medical conditions, resident and staff of low income and affordable senior housing, clinical and non-clinical healthcare workers, long term care residents and staff, first responders, K-12 educators, certain workers, and congregate care staff and residents are eligible for the vaccine. For the complete eligibility list, please visit


Everyone 16+ who lives, works, or studies in Connecticut is eligible for the vaccine. For more information, please visit

Washington, DC

Everyone 16+ who lives, works, or studies in DC is eligible for the vaccine. For the complete eligibility list, please visit


What is an “essential worker?”

“Essential workers'' are people who had to continue to work even during the pandemic. Our society relies on them for public transportation, food service, health care, and emergency response. People like grocery store workers, transit employees, janitorial staff, and teachers are essential workers. 

In almost all states, essential workers are being offered the vaccine first to stay safe at work.

Why should I get the vaccine?

Getting the vaccine may help protect our friends, family, and community — even if you’re not worried about yourself and even if you’ve already had or think you’ve had COVID-19. The vaccine can help prevent serious illness from COVID-19 and may lower the chance of spreading the virus to your loved ones.

Despite the potential risks, we believe that the vaccines’ benefits outweigh the risk for most community members, especially high-risk individuals (and folks in contact with them). This includes risk due to age, pregnancy, or chronic medical conditions.

Cityblock Health is recommending the vaccination to our staff and the entire community — but it is a personal decision.

I don’t trust the vaccine / I want to wait to see if the vaccine is safe.

We understand that there may be concern over the safety and efficacy of a COVID-19 vaccine. The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Remember that there has been much scrutiny of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) process for overseeing the many different vaccine trials.

The FDA is required to make decisions guided by science and data regarding authorization or approval of COVID-19 vaccines. We have confidence in the FDA’s approval process and are committed to safety, quality, and high reliability. You cannot develop COVID-19 from this vaccine.

Additionally, the CDC has developed an additional layer of safety with a tool called V-safe. It’s a smart-phone based tool that uses text messaging to provide health check-ins to people who receive the vaccine. This means that if something goes wrong, the medical community will know right away. 

I heard one vaccine is more effective than the others. Should I wait until I can get that one?

There have been over 190 million COVID-19 vaccines administered. All vaccines have been proven effective. Administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is currently on pause in an abundance of caution. If you have an appointment with the other two vaccines, please keep that appointment. As soon as the FDA and CDC recommend resuming Johnson & Johnson distribution, we will let you know.

What is the latest with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?

On April 13th, the FDA and CDC issued a statement regarding the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, recommending a pause in its use out of an abundance of caution. There have been six reports of a severe stroke-like illness linked to low platelet count. More than six million doses of the J&J have been administered so far, meaning these events are very rare. Following these guidelines, we have paused distribution of this vaccine to our members.

I already had COVID-19. Do I need the vaccine?

Yes! Although getting COVID-19 does give some immunity to the infection, there is not enough information to say if or for how long that immunity lasts. There have already been people who have gotten COVID-19 twice! 

The vaccine can help to prevent that. Testing for antibodies to COVID-19 as a marker of a past infection is not recommended before vaccination.

I am pregnant or planning for pregnancy. Should I get the vaccine?

Like other medications, pregnant and lactating individuals have not been included in studies to determine how well COVID-19 vaccines work or if they are safe, including the study of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine that was just granted emergency use authorization by the FDA. 

However, leading experts from the CDC and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) say that despite the lack of safety data, not to withhold the vaccine from pregnant or lactating individuals criteria for vaccination based on recommended priority groups.

Available data suggest that symptomatic pregnant individuals with COVID-19 are at increased risk of more severe illness than nonpregnant peers. Pregnant and lactating individuals should consider their risk factors and the level of activity of the virus in their community when making an individualized decision with their provider about whether to get vaccinated.

How is the vaccine given?

Just like the flu vaccine, the vaccine is injected into the muscle. These COVID-19 vaccines require two doses, an initial vaccination, and repeat vaccination 3 or 4 weeks later. There are other vaccines under investigation that need only one dose, but we do not know when, or if those vaccines will be proven safe and effective.

How long will I be protected from COVID-19 with the vaccine?

We do not know how long immunity from vaccination will last. Some vaccines require regular booster shots.

Do I need to receive both doses of the vaccine?

Yes. The vaccine is a 2-dose series and requires both doses to be considered fully vaccinated. Protection against COVID-19 from the vaccine is not immediate, and immune-protection is achieved two weeks after the second dose.

I have heard that there is a new strain of the COVID-19 virus. Will the vaccine work on the new strain?

Yes. The new strain of COVID-19 is much easier to spread — but researchers believe, based on how the vaccine works, it should be just as effective on the new strain. 

Will the vaccine protect me from getting COVID-19 or just make me less likely to become very sick?

In clinical trials, the vaccines proved to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19 infection. It is not yet clear if the vaccines reduce the risk of developing both symptomatic and asymptomatic infection or just prevent symptomatic infection.

COVID-19 Myths and Facts

Myth: The vaccine came out too quickly to be safe.

Fact: The vaccine came out quickly because many scientists worldwide moved very fast to respond to the emergency. It’s important to note modern scientific tools are faster than older ones and led to the expedited development of the COVID-19 vaccines. Additionally, there was a worldwide effort to reduce or remove the usual barriers and delays in vaccine research, production, and distribution. People all over the world also volunteered quickly to be in the trials. All available information suggests that the vaccine is safe.

Myth: The vaccine has something in it that will change my DNA and could change me?

Fact: The vaccine does have something in it that fights against the virus. It’s called messenger RNA; this does not do anything to your DNA and doesn’t go into the part of your cells that has your DNA. It’s designed just to fight the virus

Myth: The vaccine could give me COVID-19.

Fact: The COVID-19 vaccine can’t give you COVID-19, although some people have mild cold and flu-like symptoms. These include a short fever, headache, tiredness, sore arm, or chills, especially after the second dose. This is the immune system doing its job. Other reactions are infrequent.

Myth: The vaccine has things in it that are either dangerous or go against my personal beliefs.

Fact: We’ve heard people say that the vaccine haslive or whole coronavirus, microchips, tracer technology, fetal tissue, stem cells, mercury, aluminum, luciferase, pork products or preservatives. None of these are in the vaccine and none were used to make the vaccine.

Myth: The Coronavirus is changing and that means that the vaccine won’t work anymore.

Fact: The coronavirus is changing. But vaccines are designed to help the body recognize it based on multiple parts of the virus. Although we do not know for sure, we do not believe that the virus will change enough to make the virus not work.

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