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New Jersey Coronavirus Information

About the Virus FAQs

  • How many COVID-19 cases and deaths have there been in New Jersey? Where can I find the latest data on vaccinations, contact tracing, ventilator capacity, and hospital capacity?

    Last Updated: 01/14/2021
    The Department of Health is maintaining a dashboard with information about COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, including deaths, numbers of cases, and locations. In addition, the dashboard tracks where N...
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  • Where can I ask additional questions about COVID-19 or find more resources?

    Last Updated: 05/04/2020
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  • What is Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)? Is it the same as Kawasaki disease or Kawasaki syndrome? Is my child at risk of MIS-C from COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 04/01/2021
    Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal orga...
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  • Are there different strains or variants of COVID-19? Are they in New Jersey?

    Last Updated: 06/22/2021
    Viruses constantly change or mutate, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur overtime. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants emerge and persist. The varia...
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Assistance and Benefits FAQs

  • What types of benefits or assistance are available to me during the coronavirus outbreak?

    Last Updated: 10/19/2020
    Health Insurance: If you do not have health insurance, or lose coverage, you may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through NJ FamilyCare, New Jersey's publicly funded health insurance progr...
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  • Am I eligible for any unemployment benefits if my work has been negatively impacted by COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 04/30/2021
    If you've lost your job and are seeking help, refer to this guide that will help you connect to benefits and resources you may need while trying to safely get back to work as well as tips for copin...
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  • What if I can’t pay my rent? Can I still get evicted? Is there any rental relief?

    Last Updated: 03/25/2021
    Emergency Rent Relief Opening March 22, 2021, the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program Phase II (CVERAP Phase II) will provide rental arrears and temporary rental assistance to low-and mode...
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  • Can my employer fire me if I miss work due to COVID-19? Do I have any civil rights protections against discrimination or harassment?

    Last Updated: 02/26/2021
    No. Your employer cannot fire you if you miss work because you had COVID-19 or were told to quarantine by a medical professional. You are also legally protected against discrimination or harassment...
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  • What resources are available for immigrants in New Jersey during the coronavirus outbreak? What information is there about enforcement of immigration policy?

    Last Updated: 06/08/2021
    Health Care Coverage and Resources COVID-19 Testing and Treatment: No one in New Jersey should hesitate to get tested, regardless of immigration status or insurance coverage. Testing for COVID-19-...
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  • How do the federal relief packages help me or my business? How do I get my economic impact payment?

    Last Updated: 04/30/2021
    AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT OF 2021 On March 11, 2021, the federal American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law. The act extends unemployment insurance benefits and eligibility, provides direct paymen...
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  • How do I apply for food, cash, and health insurance assistance? How are assistance programs adjusting for COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 07/16/2021
    New Jersey has an online application and screening tool, NJHelps, that can be used to see if you are eligible for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (WFNJ/TANF or WFNJ/GA), and health Insuranc...
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  • Is there help for homeowners? What if I can’t pay my mortgage?

    Last Updated: 03/15/2021
    You cannot be removed from your home during this emergency, even if a final judgment of foreclosure has been entered and a sheriff's sale of your property has taken place. On March 19, 2020, Govern...
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  • Am I eligible for sick leave, family leave, or temporary disability insurance if I or a family member have been impacted by the outbreak?

    Last Updated: 04/30/2021
    The State of New Jersey has created a benefits eligibility tool to help you understand what benefits programs and job protections are available to you during the COVID-19 outbreak. You can also vis...
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  • If I’m self-employed or own a business, am I eligible for unemployment or other benefits?

    Last Updated: 04/30/2021
    If you've lost your job and are seeking help, refer to this general guide that will help you connect to benefits and resources you may need while trying to safely get back to work as well as tips f...
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  • What programs, loans, or resources are available to businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak? Where can I learn more about resources for businesses?

    Last Updated: 02/03/2021
    For information about the various programs available to businesses, refer to this article on the COVID-19 Business Information Hub. New Jersey's COVID-19 Business Information Hub provides the lates...
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  • What if I can’t pay my water, gas, electricity, phone, or Internet bill due to the outbreak? Is the State doing anything to prevent utility shutoffs?

    Last Updated: 06/17/2021
    No one will face a gas, water, or electric utility disconnection before December 31st, 2021. Households with residential internet service accounts currently being used by school-aged children for e...
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  • How can I get food or other essentials if I cannot leave my home? Is there any help with food, treatment, or bills if I need to self-isolate or quarantine? Will I get fired?

    Last Updated: 04/30/2021
    If you are quarantined or in home isolation, do not leave your home. There are many programs in place to help you and your family including food assistance, unemployment insurance, sick leave, and ...
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  • What can I do if I’m having child custody issues?

    Last Updated: 06/09/2021
    If you are unable to come to an agreement or settle the issue on your own, try seeking mediation. If legal action is required, visit the NJ Courts' self-help resource page and refer to the "Couples...
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  • What services are available to help the homeless?

    Last Updated: 07/07/2021
    New Jersey residents experiencing homelessness should call 2-1-1 for help. 2-1-1 community resource specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can help clients who speak many diffe...
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  • Who can I call if I’m feeling stressed or anxious during the COVID-19 outbreak?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2020
    The NJ MentalHealthCares Help Line offers counseling, emotional support, information and assistance in helping to get behavioral health services needed by you or a loved one. To access emotional su...
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  • Where can I get legal help?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2021
    Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) coordinates the statewide Legal Services system, which provides free legal assistance to low-income New Jerseyans for their civil legal problems. For free legal ...
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  • If I’m pregnant or caring for my newborn and cannot work, what benefits or resources are available to me?

    Last Updated: 04/17/2020
    The New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children, or WIC, is a successful public health nutrition program that provides wholesome nutrition, education and community supp...
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  • Was the deadline to file taxes extended? Are there any tax relief programs?

    Last Updated: 03/19/2021
    INCOME TAXES The deadline for individuals to file both federal and state income taxes for the 2020 tax year has been extended from April 15, 2021 to May 17, 2021. This extension applies to individu...
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  • What happens if I can’t pay my insurance premiums?

    Last Updated: 10/13/2020
    Governor Murphy has signed an executive order extending the grace period for residents unable to pay their insurance premiums because of a loss of income or other negative impact as a result of the...
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  • What can I do if I am denied health care for COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 02/26/2021
    No one should be denied access to health care. The Department of Health operates a 24-hour complaint hotline where patients, health care facility employees and other members of the public may file ...
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  • Are there any programs to help pay student loans? Have deadlines to apply for financial aid changed?

    Last Updated: 04/28/2021
    Federal Student Loans Student loan payment suspension extended through at least September 30, 2021. To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency, under the CAR...
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  • If I'm a business that urgently needs workers, or if I'm a worker looking for a job, where can I go?

    Last Updated: 05/07/2020
    Job Seekers If you've lost your job and are seeking help, refer to this guide that will help you connect to benefits and resources you may need while trying to safely get back to work as well as ti...
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  • What resources and assistance are available for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

    Last Updated: 06/16/2021
    In response to COVID-19, the Department of Human Services and the Division of Developmental Disabilities have: Temporarily allowing for in-home support or remote delivery of services including cog...
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  • How can I avoid COVID-19 scams and where can I report excessive delivery fees, price gouging, unlawful hoarding, and other COVID-19 scams?

    Last Updated: 01/21/2021
    To report any instance of unlawful or misleading activities related to COVID-19, file a complaint online with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs or call 973-504-6240. To learn more about C...
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  • What is the State doing to support older residents? Is there help registering for the vaccine?

    Last Updated: 07/09/2021
    COVID-19 Vaccines Individuals aged 65 and older can call a special senior hotline at 856-249-7007 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for vaccination scheduling support. Dedicated appointment slots are reserved ...
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  • What can I do if my child is being bullied or harassed because of COVID-19? What if it’s at school?

    Last Updated: 03/18/2021
    Under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD), schools and other places of public accommodation must take action to stop harassment based on race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual ...
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  • What resources are available to Veterans during the public health emergency?

    Last Updated: 04/13/2021
    Veterans and their families can check on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs public-facing website for the most current information: www.va.gov/coronavirus Guidance from local VA medical facili...
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  • What resources and support are available to survivors of domestic violence?

    Last Updated: 10/26/2020
    If you are in danger, call 911 right away. Isolation is one of the most significant factors that leads to an increase in domestic violence and safety risks. Don't let social distancing mean social ...
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  • Can I get addiction treatment help via the phone?

    Last Updated: 04/09/2020
    ReachNJ is a 24-hour-a-day, 7 day-a-week addictions hotline where people who have Substance Use Disorder or friends and family can get assistance and support from live, New Jersey-based, trained ad...
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  • What resources are available to help people with disabilities? Is there help during an emergency?

    Last Updated: 05/18/2021
    Resources To Save Money With NJ ABLE, individuals with disabilities can save for qualified disability expenses without losing eligibility for certain assistance programs, like SSI and Medicaid. Vis...
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  • How is New Jersey supporting deaf and hard of hearing individuals during COVID-19? Where can I find COVID-19 communication cards?

    Last Updated: 04/20/2021
    Vaccination Update Both COVID-19 vaccine mega sites and community-based sites have been designed to meet the needs of all residents in the state. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters are avail...
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  • Where can I find information about the PPE Access Program?

    Last Updated: 06/08/2021
    New Jersey PPE Access Program The New Jersey Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Access Program helps businesses and non-profits protect the health and safety of their employees and customers. Thro...
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  • Can I use sick leave to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

    Last Updated: 06/14/2021
    Yes, employees can use their NJ Earned Sick Leave to get their COVID-19 vaccine, including for travel to and from their appointment and recovery from side effects. Under NJ state law, employers mus...
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  • How do I unsubscribe from NJ COVID-19 email updates?

    Last Updated: 05/14/2021
    The State of New Jersey regularly sends several email newsletters, so it depends which newsletter you wish to stop receiving. For the weekly COVID-19 email newsletter, click here to unsubscribe or ...
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  • Is the COVID-19 vaccine free? What if I don't have insurance?

    Last Updated: 03/15/2021
    No one will have to pay for the vaccine. There are no out-of-pocket costs for the vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines will be made available to individuals regardless of insurance coverage status. Individua...
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Reopening Guidance and Restrictions FAQs

  • Are there safety guidelines for businesses? Are any businesses closed?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2021
    All businesses, offices, and worksites may open in New Jersey. Social distancing and masking is not required in most indoor or outdoor spaces, and there are no capacity limits for businesses or wor...
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  • How can people safely get together? What are the limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings?

    Last Updated: 06/04/2021
    There are no numerical limits for indoor or outdoor gatherings. To save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, you should wear a mask and social distance if you are not vaccinated, wash your hands,...
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  • When is New Jersey lifting restrictions?

    Last Updated: 06/23/2021
    On April 27, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy outlined a vision to guide the process for restarting New Jersey and restoring the State's economic health by ensuring public health. "The Road Back: Restori...
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  • Are schools open? What are the safety requirements?

    Last Updated: 06/29/2021
    2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR All students will be back for full-time, in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year. Parents or guardians will not be able to opt children out of in-person instructio...
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  • Have elections moved or changed in New Jersey because of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 06/16/2021
    Upcoming Elections The voter registration deadline for the November general election is October 12th. Register to vote online. To check your registration status, use the Division of Elections' Vote...
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  • Are New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agencies open? What new protocols or practices are in place?

    Last Updated: 04/29/2021
    Motor Vehicle Commission agencies are open to the public six days a week, Mondays through Saturdays. Most transactions are now being conducted online or by appointment only. Transactions that can b...
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  • What are the reopening rules for bars and restaurants? Are there safety recommendations?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2021
    Bars and restaurants may open in New Jersey. Social distancing and masking is not required in most indoor or outdoor spaces, and there are no capacity limits for businesses or worksites open to the...
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  • Can I still get married? Are wedding venues open?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2021
    WEDDING CEREMONIES AND RECEPTIONS There is no numerical limit for indoor or outdoor gatherings including wedding receptions and ceremonies. Dance floors at private catered events may reopen without...
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  • Are gyms open? Are there safety recommendations?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2021
    Gyms and fitness centers may open in New Jersey. Social distancing and masking is not required in most indoor or outdoor spaces, and there are no capacity limits for businesses or worksites open to...
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  • Are churches and other houses of worship offering services? What are the social distancing requirements?

    Last Updated: 06/04/2021
    Yes, houses of worship can open for in-person services. There is no numerical limit for indoor and outdoor gatherings including religious services and events. To save lives and stop the spread of C...
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  • Are beaches open? What are the restrictions?

    Last Updated: 05/28/2021
    Beaches, boardwalks, lakes, and lakeshores in New Jersey can reopen. NOTE: For specific openings and safety protocols at beaches and lakeshores, please check with local or municipal authorities. To...
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  • Can funerals or memorial services be held? Is there support for COVID-related funeral costs?

    Last Updated: 06/04/2021
    COVID-19 Funeral Assistance FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. To apply, call 844-684-6333. The hotline is open Monday thr...
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  • Are barber shops, nail salons, massage parlors, spas, and tattoo parlors open? Are there safety recommendations?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2021
    All personal care businesses may open in New Jersey including, but not limited to: At-home personal care services, including in-home massage and body work services Beauty salons Barber shops Cosme...
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  • Are parks open? Are campgrounds open? Are community gardens open?

    Last Updated: 07/08/2021
    State parks and forests are open. To save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, wear a mask and social distance if you are not vaccinated, wash your hands, and stay home if you are sick. There is ...
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  • Can organized sports resume? What are the safety requirements for sports facilities?

    Last Updated: 06/04/2021
    Practices and competitions for indoor and outdoor organized sports, including indoor and outdoor interstate youth sports, may resume in accordance with health and safety protocols. There are no lim...
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  • Are swimming pools open? Are there safety recommendations?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2021
    Pools may open in New Jersey. Social distancing and masking is not required in most indoor or outdoor spaces, and there are no capacity limits for businesses or worksites open to the public. Howeve...
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  • Are child care centers open? Is there financial support for child care costs?

    Last Updated: 07/07/2021
    Note: Face masks remain mandatory on public transportation, and may be required in health care facilities, nursing homes, child care facilities, and prisons, based on CDC guidance. For more informa...
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  • Are playgrounds, amusement parks, and water parks open? Are there safety recommendations?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2021
    Playgrounds, amusement parks, water parks, carnivals, and fairs may open in New Jersey. Social distancing and masking is not required in most indoor or outdoor spaces, and there are no capacity lim...
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  • Can I visit a nursing home or long-term care facility? What are the safety protocols?

    Last Updated: 05/28/2021
    Note: Face masks remain mandatory on public transportation, and may be required in health care facilities, nursing homes, child care facilities, and prisons, based on CDC guidance. For more informa...
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  • Are hotels open? Can I still use AirBnB? What safety precautions must they take?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2021
    Note: As of May 17, 2021, New Jersey's travel advisory is no longer in effect. The CDC, however, has recommendations for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Travelers leaving New Jersey sho...
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  • Are courts open? Do I have to report for jury duty? Can legal matters be dealt with remotely?

    Last Updated: 06/16/2021
    Federal Courts Criminal jury selections and trials resumed on June 1, 2021 on a limited basis. Civil jury selections and trials will resume on September 1, 2021. Judicial proceedings, in both crimi...
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  • Is public transportation running?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2021
    Service Updates NJ Transit has resumed full-service and is running a regular weekday schedule on its bus, rail, light rail, and Access Link services. To learn more about NJ Transit's plan to safely...
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  • Are the data models the State is using accurate? How do they account for all the day-to-day changes?

    Last Updated: 04/28/2020
    The State chose dynamic data models that take into account what we are seeing on the ground at a local level. New Jersey uses an ensemble of models which allow us to: Capture trends at a zip code ...
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  • Can I get something notarized remotely?

    Last Updated: 04/28/2020
    Yes. An emergency law allows notaries and authorized officials to execute remote notarial acts during the current public health emergency. For remote notarization, the New Jersey Treasury has issue...
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  • Can real estate agents continue to show properties in person? Can my landlord show my apartment to potential renters?

    Last Updated: 06/04/2021
    Open Houses Open houses to view real estate are permitted. There is no numerical limit for indoor or outdoor gatherings. To save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, you should wear a mask and so...
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  • Is there a curfew?

    Last Updated: 05/28/2021
    There is no curfew in New Jersey. To save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, wear a mask and social distance if you are not vaccinated, wash your hands, and stay home if you are sick. Source: E...
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  • Are colleges and universities open?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2021
    Institutions of higher education may resume all in-person instruction. The State no longer requires face coverings for most indoor public spaces, however institutions may continue to require face c...
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  • Have elective surgeries resumed? What are the required safety protocols or social distancing policies?

    Last Updated: 06/16/2021
    Elective surgeries are permitted to resume in New Jersey. Guidance for Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers The Department of Health has issued guidance for hospitals and for ambulatory surgery...
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  • Has the State used data to make decisions and slow the spread of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 04/02/2021
    Working with a team of leading data scientists and epidemiologists, the State has used several dynamic epidemiology and growth models to predict the spread of the virus and the need for hospital be...
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  • Are summer camps open? What are the safety requirements?

    Last Updated: 06/10/2021
    Residential and overnight camps may open this summer. All overnight and day camps must follow the COVID-19 health and safety protocols outlined by the New Jersey Department of Health. To mitigate t...
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  • Is there somewhere I can report violations of Executive Orders?

    Last Updated: 07/02/2021
    Compliance with Executive Orders is not voluntary. You can report a possible violation of all COVID-related Executive Orders using this online form: https://covid19.nj.gov/violation. If you believe...
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  • Where can I find the Executive Orders and Administrative Orders issued by the Governor and the State?

    Last Updated: 05/17/2020
    Executive Orders issued by Governor Murphy can be found here. Administrative Orders issued by the State of New Jersey can be found here.
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  • How is the State of New Jersey preventing the spread of COVID-19 in state correctional facilities and halfway houses? Can I visit?

    Last Updated: 05/28/2021
    Note: Face masks remain mandatory on public transportation, and may be required in health care facilities, nursing homes, child care facilities, prisons, and K-12 schools, based on CDC guidance. Fo...
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  • Are programs funded by the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities open? What support is there for residents of Developmental Centers?

    Last Updated: 07/01/2021
    Congregate Day Programs As of June 16, 2021, congregate day programs have been directed to reopen at full capacity provided they meet all the requirements in the NJ Division of Developmental Disabi...
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  • Can I donate blood or convalescent plasma in New Jersey?

    Last Updated: 07/08/2021
    Blood Drives Blood drives continue to operate in New Jersey. Donors are needed to keep the supply strong amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthy individuals are encouraged to give blood to restock the ...
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  • Is COVID-19 test data being shared with law enforcement agencies?

    Last Updated: 01/28/2021
    To enable law enforcement officers across New Jersey to better protect themselves and to more effectively use their limited supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the midst of the COVID...
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  • Can I visit someone in a hospital? What guidelines are in place to protect patients?

    Last Updated: 06/17/2021
    Note: Face masks remain mandatory on public transportation, and may be required in health care facilities, nursing homes, child care facilities, and prisons, based on CDC guidance. For more informa...
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  • Can I order a cocktail from a restaurant or home delivery from my local microbrewery?

    Last Updated: 05/16/2020
    Sales and Deliveries of Alcoholic Beverages and Cocktails Holders of certain licenses and permit holders can sell alcoholic beverages for takeout or delivery. Businesses with plenary retail consump...
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  • How do I report an outbreak or misconduct at a long term care facility or nursing home?

    Last Updated: 05/07/2020
    Long term care facilities in New Jersey, such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities, are required to report many communicable disease cases, including COVID-19, to their local health depa...
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  • Where can I watch the Governor’s COVID-19 briefings

    Last Updated: 12/21/2020
    The State of New Jersey's briefings and press conferences related to the State's response to the COVID-19 pandemic are livestreamed on Governor Murphy's YouTube channel, Twitter feed, and Facebook ...
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  • How can I volunteer for COVID-19 response efforts? How can I help the State?

    Last Updated: 06/14/2021
    Our first responders and health care workers are saving lives every day -- so can you. Your family, your friends, your neighbors -- their lives are literally in your hands. Here's how you can do yo...
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  • Where can I donate personal protective equipment (PPE) like respirators, gowns, and gloves?

    Last Updated: 09/24/2020
    For anyone who has PPE they wish to donate like N95 respirators, face shields, protective goggles, surgical masks, or other protective equipment, visit covid19.nj.gov/ppedonations.
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  • How do I comply with mandated health care capacity and PPE inventory reporting required by Executive Orders 109 and 111?

    Last Updated: 02/10/2021
    On March 28, 2020 Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 111, directing designated health care facilities to report on a daily basis to the Department of Health and the Office of Emergency Mana...
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  • What inaccurate rumors are circulating about COVID-19? Where can I find accurate information?

    Last Updated: 04/23/2020
    NOTE: The FBI has warned of several emerging fraud schemes related to COVID-19 vaccines to illegally obtain sensitive personal information or money. No one will have to pay for the vaccine itself i...
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  • Has the government changed how it conducts business as a result of COVID-19? Has the fiscal year been extended?

    Last Updated: 10/09/2020
    State Government At the start of the health crisis, the Governor signed legislation allowing for State business and legislative sessions to be conducted at locations other than Trenton, and for leg...
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  • Can graduation ceremonies be held?

    Last Updated: 06/04/2021
    School districts and colleges/universities are allowed to hold in-person graduation ceremonies. The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has published updated graduation guidance for school d...
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  • What happens after I get vaccinated? Do I still have to follow the State's safety rules and guidelines?

    Last Updated: 07/29/2021
    All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in New Jersey are proven safe and highly effective, and are the surest way we can end this pandemic. If you are fully vaccinated, you can participate in ma...
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  • Can adult medical daycare centers reopen? What are the safety guidelines?

    Last Updated: 06/16/2021
    As of June 14, 2021, Adult Medical Daycare Centers can reopen, while following Department of Health safety protocols. These facilities will need to attest to satisfying the guidance requirements to...
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  • What are my rights and protections as a worker?

    Last Updated: 06/07/2021
    Job Protections: Your employer cannot fire or punish you if you miss work because you have or are likely to have COVID-19. Learn more about the law and how it protects you at work, and report a vio...
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  • Can my employer require me to get the COVID-19 vaccine in order to enter my workplace?

    Last Updated: 03/19/2021
    Yes. An employer can require that an employee receive the COVID-19 vaccine in order to return to the workplace, unless the employee cannot get the vaccine because of a disability, because their doc...
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  • Can I still collect unemployment if it's not safe to go back to work? What if I'm at high-risk or have to care for someone at home?

    Last Updated: 09/11/2020
    If you have been collecting unemployment benefits and your former employer asks you to return to work or you receive another offer, you cannot refuse "suitable work" and still collect benefits in m...
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Slowing the Spread FAQs

  • Where, how, and when can I get vaccinated?

    Last Updated: 06/28/2021
    Everyone 12 or older who lives, works, or studies in New Jersey is now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. There are multiple ways to get an appointment including: Use the NJ Vaccine Appointment Find...
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  • Should I wear a mask to stop the spread of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 06/07/2021
    Face masks are strongly recommended for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in indoor settings where there is increased risk, including: Crowded indoor settings Indoor settings involving ...
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  • Who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey?

    Last Updated: 05/13/2021
    Everyone 12 or older who lives, works, or studies in New Jersey is now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are available to all New Jerseyans, regardless of immigration or insurance status. S...
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  • What Is Contact Tracing? How Does It Stop The Spread of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 06/08/2021
    Contact tracing is the process used to identify those who come into contact with people who have tested positive for many contagious diseases – such as measles, HIV, and COVID-19 – and is a lon...
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  • How do I get the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine? What if I got my first shot in a different state?

    Last Updated: 06/03/2021
    Everyone should receive two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for maximum protection against the virus. If you have already received one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, the second shot...
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  • How do I know when a contact tracer is calling? How do I know it's not a scam? What will they ask me?

    Last Updated: 10/24/2020
    Contact tracers are calling with life-saving information that will keep you, your loved ones, and your community safe and healthy. When a New Jersey contact tracer calls, it's because you tested po...
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  • Is vaccination or testing required for workers at health care facilities and other high-risk congregate settings?

    Last Updated: 08/02/2021
    By September 7th, 2021, all workers in certain state and private health care facilities and high-risk congregate settings, listed below, will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or ...
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  • What are common misconceptions about contact tracing?

    Last Updated: 10/24/2020
    Q: If I test positive for COVID-19, do I have to tell the contact tracer everyone I was in close contact with? Your help is the key to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and protecting your loved ones...
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  • How can I protect myself and others from COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 05/25/2021
    Our first responders and health care workers are saving lives every day -- so can you. Your family, your friends, your neighbors -- their lives are literally in your hands. Here's how you can do yo...
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  • How is the State tracing so many contacts?

    Last Updated: 07/16/2021
    As testing of individuals for COVID-19 has increased, so has the need for contact tracers to conduct interviews with individuals who may have come into contact with those who tested positive. To me...
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  • For Contact Tracing, Who is Considered A Close Contact?

    Last Updated: 07/13/2021
    For contact tracing purposes, a "close contact" is anyone who spent 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period and was within 6 feet of a person infected with COVID-19 while they were infectious (2...
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  • How Is My Data Being Used and How Is My Privacy Being Protected When Contact Tracing?

    Last Updated: 10/24/2020
    Your information is confidential. Your name will not be released to your contacts or your COVID-19 status – that information will only be known to public health officials and our local health dep...
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  • How do pregnant people or new mothers stay safe? What rules are in place for labor and delivery during COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 04/14/2021
    In partnership with the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, the Department of Health has issued guidance for pregnant individuals and health care providers to ensure they can obtain safe and ...
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  • How can I volunteer as a health care professional or join the Medical Reserve Corps? What if I’m retired, out of state, licensed in a foreign country, or just graduated with a degree in a health care-related field?

    Last Updated: 07/07/2021
    Medical Reserve Corps New Jersey is calling on retired health care professionals with vaccination skills to volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Register As a New Medical Reserve Corps V...
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  • Where can I find guidance on best practices to maintain the health and safety of seasonal farm workers? What rules are in place and what resources are available?

    Last Updated: 06/04/2021
    Note: The article below summarizes guidance from the 2020 season. Please watch for updates regarding the 2021 season. Under Executive Order No. 192, summarized below, all employers must adhere to n...
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  • How do I get a new copy of my COVID-19 vaccination card? Is there an app or a digital copy?

    Last Updated: 07/13/2021
    Docket App Docket is an app from the NJ Department of Health that makes it easier for you and your family to securely access your COVID-19 vaccination record. If you don't have your vaccination car...
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  • What is the State Parks Vax Pass? How do I get one?

    Last Updated: 07/06/2021
    The State Parks Vax Pass program ended on July 4 at 11:59 p.m. Under the program, every New Jerseyan who was fully vaccinated or received their first COVID-19 vaccination shot by July 4th was eligi...
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  • Should I get a flu shot?

    Last Updated: 04/30/2021
    Yes, the CDC and the New Jersey Department of Health strongly recommend everyone six months of age and older get a flu vaccine every year. Although flu vaccination is recommended before the end of ...
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  • What is the State doing to protect residents and staff of nursing homes or long-term care facilities?

    Last Updated: 04/28/2021
    COVID-19 has devastated long-term care facilities and nursing homes in New Jersey and across the nation. In an effort to protect the lives of residents and staff at these facilities, the State has ...
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  • How can I avoid vaccine scams?

    Last Updated: 04/12/2021
    The FBI has issued an alert warning of several emerging fraud schemes related to COVID-19 vaccines to illegally obtain sensitive personal information or money. Signs of potential COVID-19 vaccine s...
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  • COVID Alert NJ: Overview

    Last Updated: 04/07/2021
    What is COVID Alert NJ? COVID Alert NJ is a New Jersey's free, and secure mobile app that anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-...
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  • COVID Alert NJ: Technical Specifications and User Experience

    Last Updated: 04/07/2021
    I'm receiving a 1002 or 1005 error during onboarding, what do I do about this? If you were connected to Wi-Fi during the onboarding screens, please disable Wi-Fi, and then proceed through onboardin...
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  • What should I do if I think I've been exposed to COVID-19? Should I quarantine? How long do I have to stay home?

    Last Updated: 03/24/2021
    You should quarantine and stay at home away from others if you were in close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more over 24-hours) with someone who had COVID-19, if you participated in a hig...
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  • How can I get help with scheduling a vaccine appointment?

    Last Updated: 03/17/2021
    If you need help scheduling a vaccination appointment, try the following: Vaccine Call Center The Vaccine Call Center (1-855-568-0545) is available to register individuals in the NJ Vaccine Schedul...
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  • How do COVID-19 vaccines work?

    Last Updated: 03/01/2021
    Vaccines work by triggering a person's immune system to develop protection against a disease. COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having ...
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  • COVID Alert NJ: Using COVID Alert NJ

    Last Updated: 02/24/2021
    How do users report themselves as positive for COVID-19? When an individual receives a positive test result, they will be contacted by a Department of Health public health representative and have t...
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  • COVID Alert NJ: I'm receiving a 1002 or 1005 error during onboarding, what do I do about this?

    Last Updated: 10/07/2020
    I'm receiving a 1002 or 1005 error during onboarding, what do I do about this? If you were connected to Wi-Fi during the onboarding screens, please disable Wi-Fi, and then proceed through onboardin...
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  • COVID Alert NJ: Community Toolkit

    Last Updated: 09/30/2020
    How can I share COVID Alert NJ with my family, friends, and social network? Please visit COVID Alert NJ's Community Toolkit to view and download over a dozen of resources to help you share the app,...
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  • COVID Alert NJ: Data/Privacy

    Last Updated: 09/30/2020
    Does COVID Alert NJ track a user's location? COVID Alert NJ does not use, track, or collect any geolocation or GPS data. It works exclusively through Bluetooth proximity detection. Is COVID Alert N...
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  • COVID Alert NJ: Traditional Contact Tracing

    Last Updated: 09/30/2020
    What is traditional contact tracing and how does it work? Contact tracing is a long-standing vital public health tool used in New Jersey and throughout the world to identify infected individuals an...
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  • Consumer Access to COVID-19 Immunization Records with Docket FAQs

    Functionality What is Docket? Docket™ connects you directly with immunization registries (including the New Jersey Immunization Information System) to deliver up-to-date COVID-19 immunization re...
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Testing and Treatment FAQs

  • Where can I get free, public COVID-19 testing or treatment?

    Last Updated: 07/30/2021
    Free COVID-19 testing is available at many locations across the state. Below, you can find a list of free public testing locations in New Jersey by county, including short-term pop-up testing sites...
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  • How can I get testing or treatment for COVID-19 if I'm uninsured or undocumented? How do I cover health costs associated with COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 07/14/2021
    COVID-19 testing and treatment is available to everyone in New Jersey regardless of their insurance or immigration status. Below you will find resources for free testing and treatment as well as ho...
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  • What happens if I test positive? How long do I need to stay home?

    Last Updated: 06/17/2021
    If you test positive for COVID-19, a New Jersey contact tracer will reach out to you with life-saving information about how best to protect yourself and your loved ones. COVID-19 is mainly spread f...
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  • What type of COVID-19 test should I get and when should I get it? What’s the difference between a molecular/PCR, antigen, and antibody test?

    Last Updated: 05/25/2021
    If you want to find out if you are currently infected with COVID-19, get a diagnostic test. These tests are now available to everyone in New Jersey. You don't need insurance and free testing is ava...
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  • How many people have gotten COVID-19 vaccines in New Jersey? How is New Jersey collecting and protecting vaccination data?

    Last Updated: 05/04/2021
    For the latest number of COVID-19 vaccines administered by county, race/ethnicity, age, and gender, refer to the vaccination overview tab on the Department of Health's COVID-19 dashboard. The dashb...
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  • I was tested for COVID-19. How do I get my results?

    Last Updated: 07/14/2020
    Please follow the instructions from your testing site on how to get your test results. Pharmacies, local testing sites, physician's offices, hospitals, and other testing sites operate independently...
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  • How is New Jersey increasing access to COVID-19 testing?

    Last Updated: 06/22/2021
    Expanding access to COVID-19 testing has been a core principle of New Jersey's recovery plan for promoting public health and restoring economic health. New Jersey has been: increasing diagnostic t...
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  • Should I get tested if I do not have symptoms of COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 05/25/2021
    You could have COVID-19 and not even know it. Protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community by getting tested for COVID-19. COVID-19 testing is now available to everyone in New Jersey. It's...
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  • Should contacts of contacts be tested?

    Last Updated: 05/25/2021
    Being the contact of someone who had close contact with a COVID-19-postive person does not require testing. For example, if you have a coworker whose family member is a confirmed case, you are not ...
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  • Are commercial laboratories conducting COVID-19 testing required to share information with the Department of Health?

    Last Updated: 03/25/2020
    In a joint letter to commercial laboratory operators, Jared M. Maples, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and the Chair of the New Jersey Domestic Security Prep...
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  • What can I expect at my COVID-19 vaccine appointment?

    Last Updated: 07/16/2021
    Before Your Appointment Taking over-the-counter medicine, like ibuprofen, aspirin, antihistamines, or acetaminophen, is NOT recommended before vaccination because it is unknown how these medication...
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  • What is the State doing to expand vaccine capacity and access?

    Last Updated: 06/21/2021
    Appointments for COVID-19 vaccines are available across New Jersey to anyone 12 years and older who lives, works, or studies in the state. Use the NJ Vaccine Appointment Finder to find vaccination ...
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  • How can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I’m homebound?

    Last Updated: 05/17/2021
    If you are unable to leave the home to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or are the healthcare provider or family caregiver of someone who is homebound, you may request an in-home vaccination appointment ...
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  • Which COVID-19 vaccine should I get? Are COVID-19 vaccines safe and effective? How were they tested and approved?

    Last Updated: 05/13/2021
    All currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and will help protect you from getting COVID-19. In clinical trials for all three authorized vaccines, there were zero cases of hospi...
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  • Why should adolescents get a COVID-19 vaccine?

    Last Updated: 05/13/2021
    Everyone 12 or older who lives, works, or studies in New Jersey is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC and FDA have approved the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents ages 12...
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  • What are monoclonal antibodies? Can they be used for treatment if I test positive for COVID-19?

    Last Updated: 05/05/2021
    Monoclonal antibodies could help the immune system recognize and respond more effectively to the virus. Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-produced molecules that act as substitute antibodies tha...
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  • Are vaccine sites accessible to individuals with disabilities?

    Last Updated: 04/20/2021
    Both COVID-19 vaccine mega sites and community-based sites have been designed to meet the needs of all residents in the state. These sites meet ADA accessibility standards, and special arrangements...
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  • Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I am undocumented?

    Last Updated: 04/19/2021
    Yes. Everyone 12 or older who lives, works, or studies in New Jersey is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. If you are uninsured, you can still receive a vaccine. The vaccine is free – there i...
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  • Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I’m pregnant? What if I have a weakened immune system or already had COVID?

    Last Updated: 03/01/2021
    Pregnant or Breastfeeding Individuals Individuals who are pregnant are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey, but should first discuss vaccination with their medical provider before recei...
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Travel and Transportation FAQs

  • Are airports, bridges, and tunnels open?

    Last Updated: 06/21/2021
    NOTICE TO TRAVELERS: As of May 17, 2021, New Jersey's travel advisory is no longer in effect. The CDC, however, has recommendations for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Travelers leavin...
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  • Are there travel restrictions to or from New Jersey?

    Last Updated: 05/25/2021
    As of May 17, 2021, New Jersey's travel advisory is no longer in effect. The CDC, however, has recommendations for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Travelers leaving New Jersey should ch...
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Uncategorized FAQs

  • Small Businesses: Information on How to Buy Discounted PPE through the PPE Access Program

    Last Updated: 08/12/2020
    Why should I use the PPE Access Program? The PPE Access Program was created to take the purchasing of PPE off your "worry list." It will provide several benefits to your business relative to other ...
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  • Renter Self-Certification Process and FAQs (DRAFT)

    Senate Bill 3691 change to PL#, signed into law by the Governor on August 4, 2021, winds down the eviction moratorium imposed by the Governor in Executive Order No. 106. It also provides critical p...
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