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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: 10/17/2022

Note: Effective October 13, everyone 5 years of age and older is recommended to get an updated COVID-19 bivalent booster dose that targets the Omicron variant, if it has been at least two months after your most recent booster or primary series.

Get vaccinated and boosted. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. CDC recommends COVID-19 primary series vaccines for everyone ages 6 months and older, and COVID-19 boosters for everyone eligible ages 5 years and older.

Everyone 6 months or older is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey and encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

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

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

BOOSTER SHOTS

Note: On October 13, 2022, the CDC recommended updated bivalent Pfizer and Moderna booster shots that target the Omicron variant for everyone 5 years of age and older.

The bivalent boosters should be received at least two months after your most recent booster or primary series. As bivalent vaccines, these boosters will target both the original COVID-19 strain as well as the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants. This updated version of COVID-19 boosters offers stronger protections against severe illness and death from Omicron subvariants.

On October 13, the CDC authorized the updated bivalent Pfizer booster shots for children 5 to 11 years old, and the updated Moderna booster shots 6 through year olds.

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.

The CDC recommends completing a primary series with mRNA vaccines (e.g. Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) or Novavax, which are preferred over the J&J vaccine for prevention of COVID-19. Eligible adults may choose which mRNA bivalent booster vaccine they receive.

WHAT TO BRING TO YOUR APPOINTMENT

No documentation is required. 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 Vaccine Call Center (1-855-568-0545) is available from 10 am to 6 pm, Mondays through Friday and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday to help individuals find a nearby vaccination site, register individuals in the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System, answer questions about the vaccine, provide contact information for sites, and check registration status.