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Who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine or booster in New Jersey? How many doses of a COVID-19 vaccine should I get?

Last Updated: 04/04/2022

Get vaccinated and boosted. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death.

Everyone 5 years or older is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey and encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

  • All adults (18 and older) are eligible for the two-dose Pfizer, two-dose Moderna or one-dose J&J vaccines.
  • All adolescents ages 12 through 17 are eligible for the two-dose Pfizer vaccine.
  • All children ages 5 through 11 are eligible for the pediatric two-dose Pfizer vaccine.
  • People who are moderately to severely immune compromised are eligible for an additional dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines as part of their primary series.

Vaccines are available to all New Jerseyans, regardless of immigration or insurance status.

Find a vaccine appointment at covid19.nj.gov/finder.

BOOSTER SHOTS

Studies show immunity wanes over time with COVID-19 vaccines, increasing the risk of getting a breakthrough infection and spreading it to others. To protect yourself and your loved ones, get a booster shot at any vaccination location.

Everyone 12 and older should get a booster shot if it has been at least 5 months after your second Pfizer or Moderna shot, or at least 2 months after your one dose J&J shot. At this time, only the Pfizer vaccine is authorized and recommended for adolescents aged 12 through 17.

Eligible adults may choose which vaccine they receive as a first booster dose. The CDC recommends getting mRNA vaccines (e.g. Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna), which are preferred over the J&J vaccine for prevention of COVID-19.

A second booster shot is also available for the following groups:

  • Everyone ages 50 and older can get a second booster shot with Pfizer or Moderna at least 4 months after their first booster shot.
  • Everyone ages 18 and older who got their primary J&J shot and J&J booster at least 4 months ago can get a second booster shot with a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Persons 12 and older who have moderate to severe immunocompromise can get a second Pfizer or Moderna booster shot at least 4 months after their first booster shot. Learn more.

WHAT TO BRING TO YOUR APPOINTMENT

If you have your CDC Vaccination Card, you should bring it with you so that your next dose can be added to your card. If you do not have your card, you can bring other COVID-19 vaccine records, including the digital record via the Docket app. The vaccine provider can also look up the individual's vaccine record on the State's immunization information system (NJIIS).

You do not need any proof of a medical condition, a note from a medical provider, or a prescription.

ASSISTANCE

The State's toll-free vaccination hotline (1-855-568-0545) is available from 8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week to register individuals in the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System, answer questions about the vaccine, provide contact information for sites, and check registration status.