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Where, how, and when can I get vaccinated?
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 that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus, as defined by the CDC.
If you are eligible to receive a vaccine, there are multiple ways to get vaccinated:
- Pre-register and make an appointment through the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System. Register here.
- Make an appointment directly with a vaccination location. View locations here.
- If you work or volunteer at a select healthcare facility, make an appointment through your place of work.
- Veterans who receive care from VA health facilities or live in VA long-term care facilities may be eligible for vaccines through the VA. Learn more here.
Even if you are eligible for receiving a vaccine, an appointment may not be immediately available to you due to significantly limited vaccine availability. New Jersey has developed an extensive network of vaccination sites to serve those currently eligible for vaccination but vaccine supply is still very limited and will be for some time.
NJ Vaccine Scheduling System
All New Jerseyans can pre-register for the vaccine on the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System.
You will first be notified when you become eligible for the vaccine and you will be notified again when an appointment is available to you through the scheduling system.
This online portal enables eligible individuals to schedule an appointment when one is available.
If you experience an error, need support with the scheduling system, or need to correct an error, you can complete an online form at covid19.nj.gov/vaccinehelp or call 855-568-0545 for phone support from 8 am to 8 pm. Due to high call volumes, callers are experiencing long wait times. As of February 9th, the Call Center's ability to schedule appointments has been temporarily paused to streamline the system and ensure the needs of callers are met.
Note: If you make your first dose appointment through the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System, you will receive an automatically scheduled second dose appointment and you will be emailed a confirmation with the details of your second dose appointment.
Direct Appointments at Designated Sites
There are numerous sites throughout the state that are currently administering the vaccine to eligible individuals.
You can reach out directly to a site near you to attempt to schedule an appointment. Please note that many of these sites may be fully booked.
Note: If you make your first dose appointment by booking directly with a vaccine clinic, you should schedule a second dose appointment when you have your first appointment. If you did not receive a second dose appointment at the time of receiving your first dose, you need to contact the site where you received your first vaccine for assistance scheduling the second dose.
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.
Obtaining a Vaccine Through a VA Facility
Veterans who receive care from VA health facilities, Veterans who live in VA long-term care facilities, and VA health care personnel may be eligible for vaccines through the VA. You will be contacted when a vaccine is available to you at your local VA health facility. The VA plans to eventually offer a free COVID-19 vaccine to all Veterans receiving health care through the VA. Learn more here.
- Click here for more information on who is eligible for vaccination under different phases.
- COVID-19 vaccines will be made available to individuals regardless of insurance coverage status. Individuals won't pay coinsurance, deductibles, or copayments. Click here for more information about insurance coverage and vaccines for uninsured individuals.
- For more information on how vaccines work, vaccine trials, vaccine safety, visit covid19.nj.gov/vaccine.