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When is New Jersey getting more vaccine doses? What is the State doing to expand vaccine capacity and access?
During this difficult time, we understand everyone's urgency in wanting to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, the national vaccine supply remains limited. New Jersey's allotments of COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government are increasing gradually, but millions of people are searching for a limited number of appointments in the state.
As the vaccination program continues, the State is eager to increase distribution points for the vaccine, but we cannot expand the number of sites until we have more vaccine.
The State has more than 1,700 providers approved to distribute vaccine, but we only have enough supply to provide vaccines to nearly 300 sites. That will change as supply increases and additional slots become available for people to make appointments.
Individuals who register with the NJ Vaccine Scheduling will first be notified when they become eligible for the vaccine and then notified again when an appointment is available through the system.
In addition, the State's toll-free vaccination hotline (1-855-568-0545) is available to register individuals in the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System, answer questions about the vaccine, provide contact information for sites, and check registration status.
Expanding Vaccine Capacity and Access
Six mega sites throughout New Jersey will serve as vaccination hubs for phased priority groups, part of a critical network of nearly 300 sites tasked with carrying out the state's COVID-19 vaccination plan fairly and equitably. These mega sites opened in January:
- Atlantic County: Atlantic City Convention Center
- Bergen County: Racetrack at Meadowlands, East Rutherford
- Burlington County: Moorestown Mall
- Gloucester County: Rowan College of South Jersey, Sewell
- Middlesex County: New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, Edison
- Morris County: Rockaway Townsquare
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 February 19th, through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program with CVS and Walgreens, New Jersey has over 1,200 long-term care facilities scheduled for vaccinations - including the State's three veterans memorial homes - and over 190,000 total vaccinations have been administered through the program.
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.
In addition, the State is actively conducting phone outreach to New Jersey residents ages 75 and over and scheduling vaccine appointments for these residents to ensure greater direct access. The State is also increasing vaccine allocations to megasites specifically for these seniors, who are among our more vulnerable residents.
Manwhile, on February 19th, New Jersey launched a community-based vaccination partnership to provide equitable access of the COVID-19 vaccine to residents in underserved communities.
The initial phase of the community-based vaccination partnership will include sites in Somerset, Trenton, Elizabeth, Vineland, and Paterson. The second phase of the program will bring additional community-based vaccination sites to Camden, Jersey City, Orange, Newark, and Pleasantville.
These ten community-based sites will vaccinate over 34,000 residents. Each site will be able to vaccinate approximately 1,800 people per week and vaccinations at each location will take place over a two-week period, followed by a return to administer second doses.
These cities have been strategically selected as they have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and are some of the most diverse and socio-economically challenged communities in the state. In order to ensure equitable access in these high-need cities, these sites will operate as closed points of distribution for members of the immediate community only.
Vaccination appointments will be required and will be handled directly through partnering houses of worship, community organizations, and local community leaders.
- 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.