UPDATE: COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Total vaccinations to date: 68 million
Total US Population: 331 million

NJ COVID-19 VACCINE SCHEDULING SYSTEM
NJ VACCINE LOCATIONS FOR ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS
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CDC: FACT & FICTION RE: THE VACCINE

Why is it so hard to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment?

The State receives an allotment of approximately of just over 100,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses every week, which are then distributed to well over 200 vaccination sites throughout New Jersey. 
Because demand for the vaccine far exceeds the supply, currently by a factor of 10x, appointments fill up very quickly. The State estimates about 22,000 vaccines per day are now occurring, but closer to 80,000 are needed to reach the goal of vaccinating 70% of our population by May.

FEBRUARY 23 UPDATE:
 
Feb. 23: Walmart and Sam's Club now offering COVID-19 vaccines to seniors 75 and older. For locations and eligibility requirements click here for Walmart and here for Sam's Club.

Feb. 19:
The recent winter storm had a major impact on the supply chain of vaccines across the nation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said weather delays at UPS and FedEx caused facilities administering the vaccine to cancel appointments and individuals' vaccination appointments to shift. The winter storm shut down activity at two major vaccine-distribution hubs that supply multiple states. In some cases, COVID-19 vaccination sites have closed because they didn't receive their supply of the vaccine.
Check your email and mobile devices often for updates regarding your scheduled appointment.

Feb. 16:
Megasite Flyer with clickable links.

Feb. 12:
Rite Aid Pharmacy opened up their portal to book appointments this morning. Use this link to find an available location.

Tip: In the Rite Aid survey when you get to the end after choosing a location, type in all your information and you hit submit and it tells you that "slot is no longer available" - don't hit the back arrow. Simply click edit location and it will retain all the information you inputed. Saves a lot of time and timing is everything when it comes to registering.


Feb. 10:
 National drugstore chains CVS Health and Walgreens are among the more than 20 major retailers now getting supplies of COVID-19 vaccines from the federal government.
However, getting a shot isn't as easy as walking through the pharmacy door. Consumers must first get in line by making an appointment online or the phone. Do not flock to the stores expecting to get the vaccine. 
The federal program announced last week will be implemented in stages, based on available vaccine supplies, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. READ MORE HERE.
 
Feb. 8: Due to the current statewide vaccine shortage, the clinics held by the West Windsor Health Department and other municipal health divisions in Mercer County will be placed on a temporary hold effective February 13.
The State has informed local townships that because of the shortage it will no longer be able to supply vaccines to municipally-run clinics. Once the supply increases to meet the enormous demand, Robbinsville is prepared to again accept those residents facing challenges in receiving care at the larger regional sites. 
In the meantime, the State has turned over all local vaccinations to Mercer County to distribute at CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton and Mercer County Community College. Appointments are required at both sites through New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System (NJVSS) . You can not drive-up to these sites without an appointment and expect to be vaccinated.
 
 
Existing Wait Lists: The existing wait lists maintained by local health departments in conjunction with Robbinsville Township has not been abandoned. Eligible residents who have pre-registered with the municipality will be scheduled into a portion of the appointments at one of the two county-facilitated vaccination sites - MCCC and CURE Arena. With close to 1,000 residents still on those lists, it will takes several weeks to vaccinate everyone currently included. To reiterate, there will be no more additions to the wait lists, which may prioritize the oldest residents and those unable to navigate larger venues.

Second Doses: If you received your first dose through the municipality you will be scheduled for the second dose at the same site. Those confirmations will go out as long as the vaccine has been received on time and we are not closed due to a winter storm. If the latter happens, that second dose will be administered soon thereafter.

Please be patient and do not flood the phone lines and emails of the municipality or the health department inquiring about your position on the list ... or waiting times. We are not equipped to provide this information. You will be contacted once an appointment is available. If you are a Veteran, or live or work at a VA facility, you may be eligible for vaccines through the VA. Read more HERE .
 
Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried statement on the setback to local distribution and the vaccine rollout.

"Since last March we have learned how vital it is to protect our most vulnerable population - in this case our seniors," he said. "As mayor I have done everything I possibly can to ensure their health and safety. What is happening at the State level right now is simply unconscionable. We were ready, willing and able to get those on our waiting list vaccinated when the State made the initial decision to put local governments in charge of handling those inoculations. We did exactly what the State told us to do by maintaining a list based on the announced criteria - with priority given to adults 65 and older, many of whom have been living in fear and isolation for most of the past 11 months - along with those with serious, underlying medical conditions. Although our current wait list is being retained, albeit redistributed to the larger sites, it's almost as if we are starting from scratch from a planning perspective. The State response, along with the lack of a distribution plan on the Federal level upon the approval of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, has been nothing short of harmful, not to mention embarrassing."

Still have vaccine registration questions? The New Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center operates daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 855-568-0545.

Are you having technical trouble with the NJVSS Registration? Complete the help form.
 
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