As of today (April 6), all adults in NYC (16+) are eligible to schedule & receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
And, of course, that means thousands of people will be trying to nab those coveted open appointments at the same time.
Luckily, many savvy New Yorkers have “hacked” the system in a way, or found the most efficient and user-friendly ways of getting an appointment. Of course, you can check the city-run and state-run websites, but these options keep open vaccination sites all in one place instead of having to toggle between different websites, and alert you right when new appointments drop.
We combed through Twitter and other social media channels to share New Yorkers’ tips and tricks; hopefully after trying some of these methods, at least one of them will work for you!
The Google Chrome Incognito Method
(click on Tweet to read full thread of instructions)
The Call For An Appointment Method
This method involves calling medical sites administering vaccines who don’t use the online booking systems (click on Tweet to read full thread of instructions):
And this method utilizes the New York State hotline:
The Twitter Accounts
@nyc_vaccine: This bot is built by app maker Evan Coleman and Tweets live updates of COVID-19 vaccine appointment availability, using data from the NYC Gov Vaccine Finder.
@nycshotslots: This Twitter account is run by someone who helps with the website NYC Vaccine List (see next paragraph). They Tweet updates about the status of the state vaccine sites and different openings. They also help any seniors or essential workers directly by scheduling their appointments for them over the phone if you DM them.
@MarkLevineNYC: NYC Council Member who often Tweets when new appointments open at different vaccination sites.
@turbovax: Perhaps the most well-known account for creating a much more useful vaccine appointment system (see media profiles here and here), this is also a bot that Tweets available vaccine appointments from city and state-run administration sites. See full website below.
TurboVax : See above. If you follow them on Twitter, you will be instantly notified when appointment slots open up.
NYC Vaccine List: This volunteer-run site will help you find an appointment in and around the NYC metro area. “We update availability as quickly as we can, but the data is imperfect. As vaccines are in high demand, supply changes quickly. When in doubt, check the location website for the most current information,” they write. You can also filter for pharmacy availability on this site as well.
NYC Reddit: If you go on the main NYC Reddit page and filter by flair “COVID-19,” you’ll see many New Yorkers often post where they were able to get a vaccine easily, what locations are least crowded, when they see appointments open up, etc.
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