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- COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
- Registering for the vaccine does not guarantee an appointment.
- You do not need documentation or health insurance to receive the vaccine.
- COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID-19.
- People who have gotten sick with COVID-19 may still benefit from getting vaccinated.
- Please note that the process to successfully schedule an appointment can be lengthy and confusing in some cases. The basic way to schedule an appointment is to register through the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System and then wait to be notified when you are eligible to schedule at a state vaccination site. You will then be given some options to find available appointments.
- Alternatively, there are additional locations offering vaccines outside of these state sites, including at various pharmacies. If appointments are not available near your home, you may need to find transportation to another municipality or county (details on available transportation services are available below).
- Appointment slots can become available at unusual times and fill up quickly, which is why we have collected multiple resources to help you access appointments.
- If you need access to a computer to schedule an appointment, you can visit Princeton Public Library during operating hours.
- New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub
- Register first, then make an appointment through the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System
- FAQ: The Princeton registration list is no longer accepting new registrations as of February 2021
- You will need to either have a phone that can display a QR code for your appointment, or you should print out this information beforehand.
- Please be aware that if you choose to reschedule your appointment, it will automatically cancel your original appointment.
- Make an appointment directly with a vaccination location. Each location will have its own process for making appointments available.
- NJ Department of Health Appointment Finder (beta) aggregates information across multiple scheduling platforms multiple times an hour, allowing people to search for available vaccine appointments at locations across the state.
- Veterans who receive care from Veterans Affairs health facilities or live in VA long-term care facilities may be eligible for vaccines through the VA.
- If you work or volunteer at a select healthcare facility, you may make an appointment through your place of work.
Assistance for Appointments
- Princeton Health Department
- Gwendolyn Krol, Vulnerable Population Outreach Coordinator can help individuals who are unable to leave their home due to illness, injury, or other related mobility issues be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 609-497-7608, ext. 1478.
- Princeton Senior Resource Center Vaccine Navigators
- Volunteers are helping older adults over the telephone to help them navigate the online scheduling process and secure vaccine appointments. All volunteers with PSRC are asked to complete a streamlined application and criminal background check.
- Other organizations offer volunteer assistance with scheduling appointments, although volunteers are not specifically vetted. Please check each organization’s criteria for assistance.
- Princeton Mutual Aid – a local volunteer group which can provide help in English and Spanish
- WGIRLS – a non-profit is helping seniors (65+) secure appointments
- Some social media sites offer information about when and where appointments become available across the state. These are often run by individuals, not government entities, but may be helpful in identifying available appointments.
- Facebook: New Jersey Covid Vaccine Info
- Twitter: @c19VaxxUpdates and @nj_vaccine
- Next Door: this social networking app connects people within specific neighborhoods. The Apple or Android app asks for your address and email address and connects you with your neighbors, who can share updates on anything from recycling schedules to plumber recommendations. Some people have found success recommending vaccine sites using this app.
- A Vaccinator Call Center is assisting NJ residents 75 years and older with registration and scheduling appointments, via 856-249-7007. Appointments must be scheduled by the patient only.
- Princeton Human Services can assist with technological issues in Spanish or English at email@example.com or 609-688-2055.
- NJ Transit
- Trains and buses that can take you where you need to go in New Jersey. Rutgers also put together a list called Transit to COVID-19 Vaccine Site. This list is updated every two weeks, lists all the vaccine sites in the state, and the various ways they can use NJ Transit to get to each one. Access Link provides public transportation to people with disabilities who are unable to use the local bus service.
- Tiger Transit
- Princeton University’s TigerTransit shuttle system operates on a fixed route schedule, providing safe, convenient and reliable transportation throughout the Princeton campus and surrounding community.
- Crosstown Transportation (via PSRC)
- Crosstown is a door-to-door transportation service for seniors age 65 and older, and people with disabilities who cannot drive, who live in the municipality of Princeton. Must register as a rider by calling the Princeton Senior Resource Center 609-751-9699
- Mercer County TRADE
- Supports eligible county residents and provides non-emergency transportation to residents of Mercer County who are elderly and to people with disabilities.
- Various ride services and apps are available including Lyft (855-865-9553), Click-N-Ride, and NJ Find a Ride.
- Go Go Grandparent – Schedule rides with Lyft/Uber, 855-464-6872
- EZ Ride’s Ryde4Life Program – Transportation for older adults age 50+ with Lyft/Uber, 866-208-1307
- Transportation resources have also been outlined and explained by The Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association.