Stay up-to-date with the latest news and information on COVID-19, vaccines, and safety measures being implemented to keep you healthy and safe in New York City. The situation is constantly evolving, so be sure to check back regularly for the most current updates
COVID Vaccines at Ryan Health
On September 12, 2023, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced recommendations that everyone 6 months and older get an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against the potentially serious outcomes of COVID-19 illness this fall and winter.
Ryan Health is offering the 2023-2024 updated Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. The vaccines are free for individuals who are enrolled in Medicaid or Medicare or have private insurance. We are also able to provide free vaccines to individuals who are uninsured.
Here’s What You Need To Know About Getting A Vaccine
- All existing Ryan Health patients who have received primary care at one of our centers within the past 2 years can schedule an appointment for a vaccine through our online scheduler or by calling 212-749-1820.
- For individuals who are uninsured, we can provide a free vaccine at our Ryan Health | Wadsworth and Ryan Chelsea-Clinton locations through a special program supplied by New York City. You can schedule an appointment through our online scheduler or by calling 212-749-1820.
- For individuals who are not regular patients at Ryan Health, you can visit your local pharmacy to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Why Get Vaccinated?
According to the CDC and other health authorities, vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19-related hospitalization and death. Vaccination also reduces your chance of suffering the effects of long-term COVID, which can develop during or after a COVID-19 infection and can last for an extended period.
COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in New York City and State are rising. At the same time, COVID-19 is always changing and protection from COVID-19 vaccines declines over time. Getting the updated 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine can restore your protection and provide protection against the current variants.
You can also receive a flu vaccine at the same time to protect you against the flu.
Protect yourself, your family, and your community. Schedule an appointment today to get an updated COVID-19 vaccine!
The common signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are:
Shortness of breath
New loss of taste or smell
Nausea or vomiting
Caring For Our Patients
If you believe you have symptoms of COVID-19:
- If you have mild to moderate symptoms, stay home. If you would like to schedule a telehealth visit, call 212-749-1820. By staying home, you reduce the possibility of transmission to others. For more information about managing mild COVID-19 symptoms at home, click here.
- If your symptoms do not go away or get worse after three to four days, consult with your doctor. If you feel like you’re not getting better, call us at 212-749-1820 to schedule a telehealth visit to discuss your symptoms before you go to the hospital. We can advise you whether or not you should come in. If you do need to see a doctor, wear a face mask in public, and travel in a manner that puts you in contact with the fewest number of people.
- Stay home for at least five days after your symptoms started. Make sure that you have been fever-free for three days without the use of fever-reducing drugs, such as Tylenol and ibuprofen. Also, make sure that your cough and sore throat are better before you go back to your routine. If you never had a fever, stay at home for at least three days after your symptoms start improving.
- Still not feeling better? If you feel like you’re not getting better, call us at 212-749-1820 to schedule a telehealth visit to discuss your symptoms before you go to the hospital. We can advise you whether or not you should come in.
- If you go out to see your doctor, wear a face mask, or face covering. If possible, take a private car, sit in the back seat, and roll down the window.
- If you have more severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, or high fever, go to an emergency department. Call 911 if you need help right away.
For helpful information for managing mild COVID-19 symptoms at home from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) click here.
Measures to Keep You Safe at Our Centers
Ryan Health has taken added steps to protect our patients and staff as we return to full operations. Every precaution is being taken to keep you, our visitors, and staff safe by adopting comprehensive safety protocols and policies.
Here is what to expect when you visit one of our centers:
- Facemasks: Anyone, staff, patient, or visitor who prefers to continue wearing a mask may do so, and Ryan Health will continue to provide surgical masks to anyone who requests one.
- Hand Hygiene: Patients and visitors are asked to use hand sanitizer upon entering a center. Hand sanitizers also are available throughout the center. Staff is also expected to use a hand sanitizer or wash their hands upon reporting to work.
- Protective Screens: Plexiglas protective screens have been installed at registration and check-in to protect patients and staff.
- Cleaning and Disinfecting: At each center, more frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch areas have been scheduled, including tables, doorknobs, countertops, patient kiosk touch screens, and elevator buttons. All medical equipment is sanitized for every patient.
- Social Distancing: Seating in the waiting areas has been arranged to encourage social distancing of six feet between patients; please observe posted signs.
Our top priority is to ensure the safety and health of you and our staff. We are constantly following the guidance of the US Centers for Disease Control, the New York State Department of Health, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. We will continue to adjust our protocols and policies as the situation demands, just as we have done throughout this health crisis.
If you can, prepare a 30-day supply of prescriptions and essential medications. Use our MyCare Portal or call us at 212-749-1820 if you need refills. Have essential household supplies on hand. And have a support system in place for older family members.
The webpage is for informational purposes only. Any discussion of medical conditions or treatment herein is not intended as a substitute for advice from a physician or qualified healthcare professional.
As we continue to see increased demand for COVID-19 testing, we are making operational adjustments with your safety in mind, as well as that of our Ryan Health staff.
Ryan Health will no longer provide asymptomatic testing for any persons for non-clinical reasons. Some examples of non-clinical requests for COVID-19 diagnosis include:
- Sports/entertainment purposes
To find a testing site near you, enter your address on the NYC COVID-19 Testing Locator or text "COVID TEST" to 855-48.
Diagnostic (Viral) Testing
Ryan Health will only provide COVID-19 diagnostic testing to our patients in the following situations:
- Pre-Procedure: As required for established patients who are scheduled for a referred procedure with a provider that requires a pre-procedure COVID-19 diagnostic test.
- Clinically Indicated: As clinically indicated by a Ryan Health provider during an on-site scheduled visit.
These changes take effect immediately.
If you are symptomatic, see our recommendations above.