MSSNY Information for Physicians: How to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

January 15 Update:
 Guidance for The New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Program
January 8 Update:   Vaccine Release Schedule by County

Community-based physicians and their staff are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  Below is information on how physicians and staff, including NY City based physicians, can make an appointment to receive the vaccine.   

To better ensure expeditious distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, today the Governor announced additional possible enforcement actions against hospitals that do not distribute their supply within the week they receive it. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Process for NY State Physicians and Staff

The web page will ask for information for your name, where you live, and what you do for a living.  If you are in a priority group currently getting the vaccine, the site will show you the location of health care providers who can give you the vaccine near you.  Just choose the one you prefer, and schedule the appointment. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Process for NYC Physicians and Staff

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene updated their COVID-19 vaccination page with information for non-hospital providers, including vaccination locations and related scheduling. 

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene indicated that vaccine locations and supply are limited, and they are working very hard to ensure that providers and their staff across New York City are vaccinated as quickly as possible. The City plans to ramp up capacity at these sites and add sites over the coming weeks. MSSNY encourages physicians to check the NYC vaccination page regularly, as this is where the most up-to-date information will be posted. 

Community-based physicians and staff eligibility information can be found here

Physicians, Residents, Students and Retired Physicians Who Would Like to Volunteer to Provide COVID-19 Immunizations

The Medical Society of the State of New York encourages the physician community to volunteer to provide COVID-19 Immunizations to residents of New York State. The first step in this process is by signing up for ServNY.

Established after 9/11, ServNY is a volunteer management system, administered by the department's Office of Health Emergency Preparedness (OHEP), that is a Web-based registry of individuals who make themselves available to assist on behalf of New York State during an emergency.  Registering is important, as credentials are verified upon registration and periodically thereafter.  

When volunteers are needed, ServNY will automatically notify potential volunteers via phone or e-mail with the information necessary for a volunteer to determine if they are ready and available for the assignment.  Physicians would most likely be contacted by their local Department of Health, the regional hospital hub or by the county's Medical Reserve Corp.  Activation through this system ensure that there are liability protections for physicians and other health care providers.  

NYS Department of Health has two numbers for assistance:

  • 1-866-529-1890, option 1 to assist with the Heath Commerce System
  • ServNY at 1-518-408-5163