December 14, 2021: COVID-19 Booster shots

Dear Colleague:

Last week the CDC reiterated the importance of booster shots as well as an expansion of the ages of eligible individuals.  There are accumulating data that support the value of COVID-19 booster dosing. Studies indicate that the protective immune response achieved after booster doses is superior when compared to after the primary vaccination schedule, including in a small study that examined this against the omicron variant. In addition, recent findings indicate that booster doses were associated with a substantial decrease in deaths when compared to individuals who had only received the primary vaccination doses.

In view of these findings, Columbia University would like to assist you in finding appointments with the following resources as noted below.

Columbia Primary Care

If you are a Columbia Primary Care patient, make an appointment with a nurse for your booster by calling 844-387-2273 (844-387-CARE).

If you would like to become a Columbia Primary Care patient, please schedule a visit to address a health care concern or for preventive care. During your appointment, Columbia Primary Care providers are happy to also provide a booster. Schedule your visit through the website or call 844-387-2273 (844-387-CARE). Locations include: 


  • 601W. 113th Street 
  • 180 Fort Washington Avenue 
  • 2702 Broadway 
  • 51 W. 51 Street 

Nurse Practitioner Clinic located at 51 W 51 St, Manhattan

Booster sessions will be offered at ColumbiaDoctors Midtown during select dates in December. For appointments, go to Session information is provided below. 

Vaccination Date Appointments Will Be Available Starting

Thursday, 12/16

Tuesday, 12/14, at 12pm

Friday, 12/17

Tuesday, 12/14, at 12pm

Wednesday, 12/22

Monday, 12/20, at 8:00am

Tuesday, 12/28

Thursday, 12/23, at 8:00am

Wednesday, 12/29

Thursday, 12/23, at 8:00am

Additional availability will be opened in January 2022. We’ll communicate scheduling details as information becomes available.

Outside of Columbia 

The COVID Vaccine Finder by State can help you find a convenient location in your community.  

You may also text your local zip code to 438829 (GETVAX) from your cell phone. You will receive a text with a link re: COVID Vax location information.

Please bring your CDC card with you so that the booster may be entered. If you use the Excelsior Plus app, this will automatically become part of your record. 

With appreciation,

Donna Lynne
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, CUIMC
University COVID Director

Gerry Rosberg
Senior Executive Vice President