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Where, how, and when can I get vaccinated?

Last Updated: 01/22/2021

Currently, vaccines are available to paid and unpaid healthcare workers, residents and staff of long-term and congregate care facilities, first responders including sworn law enforcement and fire professionals, individuals over 65, and individuals 16-64 with certain medical conditions as defined by the CDC that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus will be eligible.

Click here for more information on who is eligible for vaccination under different phases.

If you are eligible to receive a vaccine, there are generally three ways to get vaccinated:

  1. You can make an appointment directly with one of the many designated vaccination sites across the state. Click here to view a full list of these designated vaccination sites.
  2. You can pre-register for the vaccine on the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System, and you will be notified when an appointment is available to you. Click here to to visit the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System.
  3. Select healthcare facilities, including many hospitals, are offering vaccines directly to their workers. If you work at one of the facilities, you can contact your employer to learn if the vaccine is available to you from your employer.

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Scheduling a direct appointment at a designated site:

There are numerous sites throughout the state that are currently administering the vaccine to qualified individuals. If you prefer, you can reach out directly to a site near you to attempt to scheduling an appointment. Please note that many of these sites may be fully-booked. No professional or medical documentation is required.

Pre-registering for the vaccine on the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System:

If you are eligible for the vaccine, and cannot obtain the vaccine through your employer, you can also get vaccinated by registering for a vaccine on the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System. This online portal enables prioritized groups of individuals and eventually the general public to find a vaccination site, pre-register, and schedule an appointment when one is available.

You can call 855-568-0545 for help with the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System. This number is an automated system. Live operators will be available in the coming days.

Obtaining a vaccine through your employer:

Vaccinations are underway at healthcare facilities in New Jersey for paid and unpaid healthcare workers. For example, hospital workers and volunteers have an opportunity to receive the vaccine at the hospital where they work or volunteer.

Residents and staff will also receive vaccines at over 500 long-term care and other congregate facilities through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care.

If you aren't qualified for the vaccine at this time:

If you don't qualify for a vaccine at this time, register on the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System and we will notify you when the vaccine is available for you.

You can call 855-568-0545 for help with the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System. This number is an automated system. Live operators will be available in the coming days.

Expanding Vaccine Capacity and Access

Even if you are eligible for receiving a vaccine, an appointment may not be immediately available to you in the first weeks of the vaccination campaign due to significantly limited vaccine availability. New Jersey is developing an extensive network of vaccination sites to serve those currently eligible for vaccination. The vaccination sites network includes acute care hospitals, large state-coordinated mega sites, county/local sites, retail pharmacies and other medical locations.

Six mega sites throughout New Jersey will serve as vaccination hubs for phased priority groups, part of a critical network of over 200 sites tasked with carrying out the state's COVID-19 vaccination plan fairly and equitably. These sites will open in January and include:

  • Atlantic County: Atlantic City Convention Center (opened 1/22/21)
  • Bergen County: Racetrack at Meadowlands, East Rutherford (opened 1/22/21)
  • Burlington County: Moorestown Mall (opened 1/15/21)
  • Gloucester County: Rowan College of South Jersey, Sewell (opened 1/8/21)
  • Middlesex County: New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, Edison (opened 1/15/21)
  • Morris County: Rockaway Townsquare (opened 1/11/21)

Vaccinations began on December 15th in New Jersey hospitals for paid and unpaid persons serving in their health facilities.

New Jersey is partnering with Rite Aid to provide vaccinations to home care and hospice staff. Information about scheduling appointments is being provided through home health agencies and their industry associations.

As of December 30, through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program with CVS and Walgreens, New Jersey has over 500 long-term care facilities scheduled - including the State's three veterans memorial homes - and over 100,000 residents and staff slated to receive vaccinations through the beginning of February 2021. Additional sites will be added in the coming weeks.

After nursing home residents and staff are vaccinated, CVS and Walgreens will begin to vaccinate thousands of residents and staff in other congregate settings including Assisted Living facilities, the five state developmental centers, federal housing for seniors and group homes and other long-term residential facilities. New Jersey also has a network of community vaccination sites for vulnerable residents who live in congregate settings not eligible for this federal partnership.

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