COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Harlem United is a proud NYC community vaccination partner. Currently, we are able to offer the Moderna vaccine to eligible groups, including:

  • All New York Residents 18 and older
  • Healthcare Workers
  • Nursing Home Residents and Staff
  • Congregate Supportive Housing Residents and Staff
  • Homeless Shelter Residents and Staff
  • Grocery Workers
  • First Responders and Support Staff
  • Corrections Staff
  • School Workers
  • Public Transit Workers
  • TLC Licensed Drivers
  • Restaurant Workers
  • Hotel Workers (who interact with guests)

People with certain underlying conditions, including:

  • Cancer (current or remission)
  • Lung Conditions (asthma, COPD)
  • Heart Conditions (coronary artery disease/hypertension)
  • Diabetes
  • Severe Obesity
  • Liver Disease
  • Kidney Disease

Find the detailed eligibility list on the NYC Department of Health website

At this time, Harlem United has a limited supply of the vaccine. If you are eligible to receive the vaccine and are a current client with any Harlem United program, please speak to a staff member for a referral. Harlem United is proactively reaching out to eligible persons to schedule vaccination appointments as slots become available. You can find other vaccine locations at

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We are offering vaccinations to eligible individuals at The Nest Community Health Center.
169 W 133rd Street, New York, NY 10030

Below we provide important information to educate our community about the COVID-19 Vaccine, including answers to frequently asked questions and responses to specific myths about the vaccine, based on information from the Mayo Clinic.


Harlem United is administering the Moderna vaccine. The other major vaccine approved in the U.S., made by Pfizer, produced less evidence in clinical trials that it prevents severe disease, and requires refrigeration that Harlem United is not equipped to supply.

No. Unlike vaccines for other conditions that contain weakened or inactive parts of a virus, the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine does not contain SARS‑CoV‑2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and cannot give you COVID‑19.

Short-term side effects that have been reported with the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine include:

  1. Injection site reactions: pain, tenderness and swelling of the lymph nodes in the same arm of the injection, swelling (hardness), and redness
  2. General side effects: fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, chills, nausea and vomiting, and fever

There is a remote chance that the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction. A severe allergic reaction would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after getting a dose of the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine. For this reason, Harlem United will monitor all vaccine recipients for 15 minutes after they receive their shot. Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include:

  1. Difficulty breathing
  2. Swelling of your face and throat
  3. A fast heartbeat
  4. A bad rash all over your body
  5. Dizziness and weakness

These may not be all the possible side effects of the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine. Serious and unexpected side effects may occur. The Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine is still being studied in clinical trials.

Currently, we don’t know whether or not there are any long-term side-effects. The FDA and CDC are continuing to monitor safety and additional trials and studies are being conducted, but at this time we do not know. 

There is a remote chance that the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction. A severe allergic reaction would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after getting a dose of the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine. For this reason, Harlem United will monitor all vaccine recipients for 15 minutes after they receive their shot.

In the event you have a reaction, we are fully equipped with EpiPens and Benadryl to reverse any potential reaction.

In clinical trials, approximately 15,400 individuals 18 years of age and older have received at least 1 dose of the Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine. Those trials found the vaccine to be 94% effective, which is considered highly effective.

The Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine is an unapproved vaccine, meaning it has not undergone the same type of review as an FDA-approved product. The FDA has made the vaccine available under a mechanism called Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). To receive emergency use authorization, the pharmaceutical manufacturer must have followed at least half of the study participants for at least two months after completing the vaccination series, and the vaccine must be proven safe and effective in that population.

NO! Though the vaccine is effective in preventing illness, it is unknown at this time if you can still carry and transmit the virus to others. Moderna is currently studying the effect of the vaccine on transmission, but while we wait for the result we should all continue to take precautions to protect those around us. That includes wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing, staying home when possible, and regularly washing our hands.

No. The Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine contains no preservatives, no antibiotics, and no products from human or animal origin. The vial stoppers are not made with natural rubber latex. This means that people with these common allergies can still get the vaccine.


Fact: Many pharmaceutical companies invested significant resources to quickly developing a vaccine for COVID-19 because of the worldwide impact of the pandemic. The emergency situation warranted an emergency response but that does not mean that companies bypassed safety protocols or didn’t perform adequate testing.

Fact: There is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again. This is called natural immunity. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this. The Mayo Clinic recommends getting the COVID-19 vaccine, even if you’ve had COVID-19 previously. However, those that had COVID-19 should delay vaccination until about 90 days from diagnosis. People should not get vaccinated if in quarantine after exposure or if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

Fact: Circulating on social media is the claim that COVID-19’s mortality rate is 1%-2% and that people should not be vaccinated against a virus with a high survival rate. However, a 1% mortality rate is 10 times more lethal than the seasonal flu, which we regularly vaccinate against. In addition, the mortality rate can vary widely and is influenced by age and other social factors. The communities Harlem United serves- people of color, people experiencing homelessness, people with certain chronic conditions- are among those at increased risk.

While some people that receive the vaccine may develop symptoms as their immune system responds, remember that this is common when receiving any vaccine and not considered serious or life-threatening. You cannot get COVID-19 infection from the COVID-19 vaccines.

Fact: Injecting the Moderna vaccine into your body will not interact or do anything to the DNA of your cells. The Moderna vaccine is a messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine. According to the CDC, mRNA vaccines work by instructing cells in the body how to make a protein that triggers an immune response. Human cells break down and get rid of the mRNA soon after they have finished using the instructions.

Fact: No, COVID-19 vaccines have not been linked to infertility or miscarriage.

While there are no formal studies, the best evidence comes from people who got sick with COVID-19 while pregnant. While data clearly indicate pregnant people are at higher risk of hospitalization due to COVID-19 infection, there is no evidence of increased miscarriage rates.

During natural infection, the immune system generates the same antibodies to the spike protein that COVID-19 vaccines would. Thus, if COVID-19 affected fertility, there already would be an increase in miscarriage rates in pregnant people infected with COVID-19. This has not happened.

There is a disinformation campaign that has been circulating online, claiming that antibodies to the spike protein of COVID-19 produced from these vaccines will bind to placental proteins and prevent pregnancy. This disinformation is thought to originate from internet postings by a former scientist known to hold anti-vaccine views.

Fact: There is no vaccine microchip, and the vaccine will not track people or gather personal information into a database.

This myth started after comments made by Bill Gates about a digital certificate of vaccine records. The technology he was referencing is not a microchip, has not been implemented in any manner and is not tied to the development, testing or distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

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