March 1 vaccination update; call for volunteers

Gov. Murphy announced today that New Jersey will receive about 70,000 doses of the newly approved  COVID-19 vaccine later this week. The state has also expanded the guidelines for who is eligible to receive the vaccine

Beginning March 15, the following groups will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Educators, including support staff, in Pre-K-12 schools.
  • Childcare workers in licensed and registered settings.
  • Public and local transportation workers, including bus, taxi, rideshare, and airport employees; NJ Transit  workers; and Motor Vehicle Commission staff.
  • Public safety workers who are not sworn law enforcement or fire professionals, including probation officers and fire safety inspectors.
  • Migrant farm workers.
  • Members of tribal communitie.s
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness and those living in shelters, including domestic violence shelters.

Beginning March 29, front-line essential workers in the following categories will also be eligible for vaccination:

  • Food production, agriculture and food distribution (including grocery store and restaurant workers).
  • Eldercare and support personnel.
  • Warehousing and logistics workers
  • Social services support staff.
  • Elections personnel.
  • Those working in the hospitality industry.
  • Medical supply chain workers.
  • Postal and shipping services personnel.
  • Clergy.
  • Judicial system employees.

Keep in mind the demand still outweighs supply, so please be patient. You are strongly encouraged  to make a vaccine appointment through the individual portals offered by some of the vaccine sites, including the pharmacy sites such as CVS, RiteAid, and ShopRite.

More information on Governor Murphy’s press conference is available on the NJ.gov website.

Volunteers Needed: Vaccine Navigators

Princeton Senior Resource Center is looking for volunteers to help older adults navigate the various online scheduling process for the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, volunteers are needed to support county vaccination efforts by working the registration table at the CURE Arena mega-site in Trenton. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Carla Servin at (609) 751-9699, ext. 118 or email vaccine@princetonsenior.org. All volunteers with PSRC are asked to complete a streamlined application and criminal background check.

Everyone seeking vaccination should use the State’s centralized registration and take the first appointment offered to you.

1.    Pre-register on the New Jersey vaccination registration portal (NJVSS) This site will display one’s eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. Once the registration is complete, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) will reply with an e-mail assigning you to the appropriate Phase. NJDOH will follow up with a separate e-mail when it is time to schedule an appointment (See #2 for information on scheduling an appointment). If you experience an error or need help registering with the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System, you can complete an online form or call 855-568-0545 for customer service phone support.

2.    Review a list of the NJ COVID-19 vaccine locations. The list of locations receiving and administering the COVID-19 vaccine is expanding daily, so check this site often. These locations will provide more accessibility for the general population. Some clinic locations are utilizing their own registration portal, links to these locations can be found on the vaccine location list. Registering with the clinic locations utilizing their own portals will increase your chance of getting an appointment for a vaccine. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Location Appointment Links: 

If you are on Twitter follow @C19VaxxUpdates and @nj_vaccine for updates on when appointments are available throughout the state.
Facebook-Join the New Jersey Covid Vaccine Info group

If you receive a notice from the NJ Department of Health that you are eligible for a vaccine please visit the NJ COVID Information Hub website for vaccination sites and contact those sites directly to make an appointment.  

NJ COVID-19 Dashboard offers an insight on the COVID cases and vaccines distributed to date. Select the “Vaccination Overview” tab to view how many doses have been administered and the breakdown by County.