Having trouble getting a COVID-19 reminder appointment? CBS2 is here to point you in the right direction – CBS New York


NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – With more and more people now receiving COVID-19 booster shots, some New Yorkers are struggling to make an appointment.

CBS2’s Ali Bauman takes a look at how to find a date and what to do after you get one.

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“I want to give myself a booster shot, but to tell you the truth, I don’t know where,” said Rick Lopez of Midtown.

Lopez is not alone. Although appointments for vaccines are available on the New York City website, they are sporadic and mostly in the outer boroughs.

“But I have finals right now, so it’s a bit difficult to find a time that suits my schedule,” said Djellza Pulatani.

So Bauman called to find out when and where New Yorkers can get vaccinated.


While many CVS pharmacies in the city are booked until December 20, she found that many family pharmacies were open as of this week.

You may get different answers on the phone than online. When Bauman looked for appointments at a few different Walgreens locations, an operator told him there were no slots at the moment and suggested we try again every two hours to check. But the store’s website has appointments open up and down the borough all week.

“I know that some colleagues and other people have had to take time off from work and it’s quite difficult,” said Christian Demaris from Kips Bay.

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Some people try to plan their injection with the potential side effects in mind.

“My goal is to get it on a Friday so I have the weekend to do it,” Lopez said.


Dr Purvi Parikh is an immunologist at NYU Langone.

“Most people experience side effects from the booster that are similar to their second injection or are even milder than their second injection,” Parikh said.

She said the side effects can be made worse if you’re too tired, dehydrated, or drink alcohol beforehand. But overall, the symptoms should go away after 48 hours.

“Try to relax the next day if you can and you are fine with taking pain relievers like Tylenol or Advil,” Parikh said.

For those who need a day off, the state Department of Labor now includes paid time off to receive the COVID vaccine and booster.

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“I think this cat is going to inspire me to go home to search the internet to get it,” Lopez said.


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