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When is New Jersey getting more vaccine doses? What is the State doing to expand vaccine capacity and access?

Last Updated: 04/14/2021

During this difficult time, we understand everyone's urgency in wanting to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, the national vaccine supply currently 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 only enough supply to provide vaccines to over 700 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 System will first be notified when they become eligible for the vaccine and then notified again when an appointment is available through the system. Individuals who are eligible can also schedule an appointment directly with locations that do not take appointments through the NJ Vaccine Scheduling 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.

For the latest number of COVID-19 vaccines administered by county, race/ethnicity, age, and gender, refer to the vaccination overview tab on the Department of Health's COVID-19 dashboard.

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 over 700 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

Note: There are no walk-up vaccinations available at megasites – you must have an appointment. To make an appointment, register with the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System or book directly with a megasite.

Between all of the State's points of vaccine distribution, 98.7 percent of all New Jersey residents live within five miles of where they can get vaccinated.

The State's goal is to ensure even greater access in our urban areas, and to have vaccination centers within a 15-minute walk of all residents.

In addition, vaccinations began on December 15, 2020 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 March 22, 2021, through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care (LTC) Program with CVS and Walgreens, New Jersey has administered over 270,000 total vaccinations at more than 1,200 long-term care facilities - including the State's three veterans memorial homes, all five Developmental centers, and some I/DD group homes.

The State is now transitioning to phase 2 of the Federal Pharmacy Partnership and focusing on ensuring sustained access to COVID-19 vaccines for LTC residents and staff.

In addition, CVS and Walgreens have begun to vaccinate thousands of residents and staff in other congregate settings including Assisted Living facilities, 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 65 and over and scheduling vaccine appointments to ensure greater direct access. The State is also setting aside a minimum of 10,000 doses each week for seniors ages 65 and older with Walmart as well as increasing vaccine allocations to megasites for these seniors.

Additionally, CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid are each reserving appointments for and prioritizing educators and child care workers.

On March 31, 2021, a pilot FEMA Community Vaccination Center opened in Newark at the Naimoli Family Athletic and Recreational Facility at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The Community Vaccination Center has the capacity to vaccinate 6,000 individuals per day, seven days per week, and targets vulnerable communities. Vaccines will be provided directly from the federal government beyond the state's regular allocations.

Meanwhile, 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.
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