COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Patients

We know that everyone continues to face challenges with the Omicron variant and an increase in the number of people getting COVID-19. During this time, our employees are working hard to serve as many people as we can.

Our staff who have COVID-19 are not coming to work during the recommended quarantine time. This means that some MSK areas have fewer people working than usual.  We apologize that wait times, in person and on the phone, are longer than normal. 

Above all, your health and safety are our priority. We encourage our patients to protect themselves and those around them. Please get vaccinated, get boosted, and wear a mask.

How to Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccination

Here are the latest guidelines for who can get additional doses of the vaccine

If you are age 18 or older and are eligible for a booster shot, you can use our online tool to schedule it at MSK. If you need to schedule your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at MSK, you can schedule it using this online tool. If you have questions, please call your primary MSK provider’s office.

To schedule a COVID-19 vaccination for a child or adolescent ages 5 to 17, please contact the child’s primary MSK provider.

We have limited vaccination appointments available. You can find a location with vaccine availability through the CDC Vaccine Finder.

How to Schedule a COVID-19 Test

Guidelines are changing about what to do if you have been exposed to COVID-19. You may have many questions about what people with cancer and their caregivers should do. Read more about COVID-19 testing and how to manage COVID-19 at home

You can get tested at MSK or at another location if you are a patient with COVID-19 symptoms. You must get tested at MSK if we told you to have testing because of our safety rules. For example, we may require you to get tested before surgery.

To get a COVID-19 test at MSK, you must call your doctor’s office to schedule. We do not offer walk-in testing at our clinics.

If you do not have symptoms or you do not have an upcoming procedure at MSK, you cannot get tested at MSK. You can find a local testing location using the following links:

Thank you, as always, for choosing MSK for your care.

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Update to Our Visitor Policy

For the safety of our patients and staff, we have updated our visitor policy, effective December 27. This includes important information about COVID-19 vaccination or testing for some visitors.
Read our full visitor policy

Information for MSK Patients about the COVID-19 Vaccines
Anesthesiologist Anoushka Afonso receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
Despite concerns that you may have, the COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration have been shown to be safe and effective in clinical trials.