New York City is offering incentives to encourage New Yorkers to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
$100 Incentive for First Dose
You can get a $100 pre-paid debit card if you receive your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from:
- A City-run site that uses the vax4nyc appointment platform
- The City's in-home vaccination program
- NYC Health + Hospital and Gotham Health vaccine locations
The booster incentive ended on December 31, this incentive is for the first shot only.
The $100 individual incentive is also available to children who get vaccinated. Children may use a parent's email address to redeem their pre-paid debit card.
Participating sites are listed on nyc.gov/VaccineFinder with "$100 incentive available" listed in the site details.
If you were vaccinated on or after May 25, 2021 at a Vax4NYC site, you are eligible to choose one of the incentives listed online instead of the $100 card. These incentives include free tickets, food, gift cards, and other special deals.
Eligible New Yorkers are entitled to only one incentive. Once you make your selection, it cannot be changed.
Learn more about vaccine incentives.
VAX4NYC City-Run Sites or In-Home Vaccination Program
After you get your first shot, through a NYC City-Run Sites or In-Home Vaccination Program, you will get an email with instructions on how you can select and redeem your $100 debit card. You can also visit vax4nyc.nyc.gov/incentives.
You will have three options:
- In-person pick-up
- Standard mail
Once you have made a selection and submitted it, you cannot change it.
You will need to go to one of the locations listed below during their operating hours to find the Vaccine Incentive Pick Up Table.
In order to redeem your $100 pre-paid debit card, you will have to provide:
- Photo ID
- First dose appointment number
- Date of birth
- Zip code
The card will have funds on it within 48 hours of when you pick it up.
Please see location details below:
- Broadway Times Square Vaccination Site
20 Times Square, Second Floor, Manhattan, 10036
Daily: 8 AM - 8 PM
- Flatbush YMCA Vaccination Site
1401 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, 11210
Daily: 9 AM - 6 PM
- Free Synagogue of Flushing Vaccination Site
41-60 Kissena Boulevard, Queens, 11355
Saturday - Thursday: 8 AM - 8 PM, Friday: 8 AM - 6 PM
- Bathgate Vaccination Site
4006 3rd Avenue, Bronx, NY 10457
Daily: 8 AM - 8:00 PM
- Vault - Empire Outlets
55 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
Daily: 9 AM - 6 PM
If you selected to receive your incentive via email, you should receive it within 72 hours. Please make sure to check your spam folder if you have not received the email within 72 hours. The card will be delivered from email@example.com. You cannot pick-up a card in-person, if you elected to receive the card by email.
If you chose to receive your card by mail, it should be delivered to the address you provided within 3 to 4 weeks of when you received your first dose.
- have not received your email or mailed cards within these expected delivery windows, please contact Akimbo. You can contact their customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone
- have trouble activating your card
- have activated your card and the funds have not been deposited within 48 hours
- Agency: Akimbo Customer Service
- Phone Number: (855) 449-2273
- Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 8 PM
- Staff is available during business hours. Automated assistance in languages other than English is available at all times.
If you have problems or questions about redeeming incentives through the Vax4NYC program, contact the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
If you do not have internet access, the Vaccine Reservation Call Center can help you fill out the form.
- Agency: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- Division: Vaccine Reservation Call Center
- Phone Number: (877) 829-4692
- Business Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
"Vaccinate, Educate, Graduate" Scholarship
The "Vaccinate, Educate, Graduate" vaccine incentive scholarship is a public outreach campaign running through December 19, 2021.
New Yorkers age 5 to 11 years, who have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination, may be entered for a chance to win one of 50, four-year full-ride scholarships (including tuition, fees, room-and-board, and expenses) to any two-year or four-year SUNY or CUNY college or university.
Drawings will take place each Monday from November 22, 2021 through December 20, 2021. The winners will be announced each Wednesday, beginning November 24, 2021 and the final announcement will be on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. The winners will be posted on governor.ny.gov after the announcement.
Entries must have been received by Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 11:59 PM in order to be eligible for at least one drawing.
Learn more about the "Vaccinate, Educate, Graduate" Scholarship.
"Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure" Sweepstakes
New York State residents who receive their first vaccine dose between December 1 and December 31, 2021 will have the opportunity to enter the "Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure" sweepstakes to win special prize packages tailored to anglers, hunters, and other outdoor enthusiasts. The drawing will be conducted on January 21, 2022 and all confirmed winners will be notified within 90 days.
Entries must be completed online. More information about the sweepstakes, including rules and prizes, is available online.
Learn more and enter the "Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure" vaccine incentive sweepstakes.