COVID-19 vaccinations in New Jersey: What you need to know

A sign reads Vaccination lanes in the vaccination area of the Townsquare Mall in Rockaway, New Jersey on January 8, 2021. - Governor Murphy toured a vaccine "mega" site at a former Sears store in Morris County , where health officials hope to vaccina

Officials in New Jersey are hard at work in their effort to deliver the COVID-19 vaccines to residents across the state.

The most densely populated state in the country began its arduous vaccination rollout in early December. State officials are hoping to inoculate 70% of the state’s adult population, or nearly 5 million people, within six months.

To help speed up that process, New Jersey has opened six mega-sites that serve as vaccination hubs for residents across the state. The sites - located in Morris, Gloucester, Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, and Middlesex counties - are joined by more than 200 smaller sites to expedite the rollout.

Those smaller sites include individual hospitals, federally qualified health centers, urgent care centers, chain pharmacies, and localized sites created in coordination with county & local health departments.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO GET VACCINATED IN NEW JERSEY?

New Jersey remains in the first phase of its vaccination rollout, which includes front line healthcare workers and nursing home residents and staff. In January, the state expanded eligibility to people in Phase 1B, including first responders, people 65 and older, and people 16-64 with high-risk health conditions.

New Jersey has not announced a full move into Phase 1B which would allow most frontline workers to get vaccinated. The state will then move to Phase 1C before doses become plentiful enough to open up vaccine eligibility to the general population.

For more on vaccine eligibility and the state's phases, CLICK HERE. 

PRE-REGISTERING TO RECEIVE THE VACCINE IN N.J.

The New Jersey Department of Health has set up an online portal where residents can go to pre-register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Pre-registering allows residents to reserve their spot to get vaccinated by filling out a form.

The form will determine if and when you may be able to receive doses of the vaccine and only takes about 15 minutes to fill out.

To pre-register to receive the vaccine, CLICK HERE.

WHERE, HOW, WHEN CAN I GET VACCINATED?

Those who are eligible to receive the vaccine have several ways to get vaccinated, according to the state’s website.

  1. Make an appointment at a designated vaccination site. Click here to view a full list of these designated vaccination sites.
  2. Click here to view a full list of these designated vaccination sites.
  3. Pre-register to be notified when an appointment is available. Click here to to visit the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System.
  4. Click here to to visit the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System.
  5. Check with your employer. Healthcare facilities, including many hospitals, are offering vaccines to their workers. Contact your employer to find out more about potential availability and appointments.

New Jersey recently expanded its vaccination locations to include Rite Aid and CVS pharmacies. Gov. Murphy said CVS would receive nearly 20,000 doses and Rite Aid would get around 7,500 shots to start off. 

You can find a full map show all the clinics and facilities offering the COVID-19 vaccine by clicking here and navigating to "vaccination site map" towards the bottom of the dashboard.

WHAT WILL IT COST TO GET THE VACCINE?

State officials say no one will have to pay for the vaccine itself. Based on the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement, all providers must vaccinate individuals regardless of whether they have health insurance coverage or what type of coverage they have, and are prohibited from balance billing or otherwise charging vaccine recipients.

For more on coverage, visit the state’s website.

VACCINATION PROGRESS IN NEW JERSEY

New Jersey added a tab to its coronavirus dashboard that allows users to track the progress of the state's vaccine rollout. The latest numbers show New Jersey has administered over 1M vaccinations and over 250,000 people are now fully vaccinated. 

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