How can I get a COVID vaccine appointment in NJ?


Gov. Phil Murphy opened the vaccine’s reach to more than 4 million additional people based on expanded federal guidelines.

Last week’s announcement crushed the call and attempted to get an appointment online. Many were unable to find one and many others said they had to hunt around and spend a lot of time before they were able to book a slot.

If you are eligible, you can sign up directly with the vaccine providers.

Health Department spokesman Donna Lesnar said it can be found in the list provided by the state’s health department.

Those locations include county and municipal sites, individual hospitals, pharmacies and Shoprite locations.

“The state list of vaccination locations is a list of facilities that have received the vaccine,” Lesner said. “Vaccine supplies are limited so individuals may not be able to get an appointment right away.”

The list includes telephone numbers and websites for those who have online registrations.

Health Commissioner Judy Persichelli said that you should have an appointment. He said the facilities would not accept walk-ups.

“People should sign up for any registration site they want to get the vaccine,” Leusner said. “We’ll get everyone.”

Officials said you can also go through the state’s pre-registration system, called the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System (NJVSS), but it does not make the appointment automatically.

When you pre-register, you will eventually receive a notification when you will be eligible for an appointment, Gov. Phil Murphy said last week. The state will then provide a link where you can select a vaccine location and then you can schedule an appointment. State officials did not say on Friday how long it might take to get an appointment through the state system.

Murphy said that by Friday more than 1.5 million people had pre-registered on the state’s site. Officials said that as of Friday, 66,000 people had received notification that they were eligible to sign up for the appointment, and 10,371 had made the appointment.

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But not all vaccine administrators have been linked to the state site, Health Commissioner Judy Persichelli said on Friday. Some vaccine sites are linked to the state’s system, while others, such as hospitals, have their own registration system, she said.

He said, “We are much less than we want.”

The state said it would eventually have more than 250 sites that offer vaccines, however, the state has not released information on how many of those sites are linked to the state’s registration system. And many people have said that they have booked a vaccine administrator directly, including hospitals, county locations, clinics and retail providers.

The spokesperson said that at least one provider is listed on the state site Inspire Health, with only the state accepting appointments through the site.

He said Inspira Medical Center Mullisala Hill and Inspira Medical Center Vineland are not accepting phone appointments at their two vaccine locations. He said 1,600 vaccine requests were received on Thursday at both locations.

“Any member of the general public who is currently eligible to receive the vaccine must register and then sign up (choose a date and time) through the state website, covidvaccine.nj.gov,” Simon said said.

You can also commission four of the state’s six mega-sites.

Open locations include Morestown Mall in Burlington County, Rowan College in South Jersey in Gloucester County, New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Middlesex County, and Rockaway Townscue in Morris County. Two additional sites would later open in East Rutherford and Atlantic City.

Each mega-site request registers people through the locations’ online registration system. Walk-in is not accepted.

Many sites across the state do not have enough vaccine supplies to meet demand, so some have halted their reservation system and will only provide more dates when higher doses are available.

State officials said that now, the state hopes to receive another 100,000 doses a week, and they expect those numbers to increase in the coming weeks and months. Persichilli said last week that the state could do 470,000 weekly vaccinations if the federal government could supply the dosage.

Right now, people eligible for the vaccine include people over 65 and those between the ages of 16 and 64 with certain underlying medical conditions that the CDC lists “increase the risk of infectious disease” if those viruses Are infected with: cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Down’s syndrome, heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathy, that is, solid organ transplant, obesity, severe obesity, pregnancy, Sickle cell is in an immune state. Disease, smoking and type 2 diabetes.

“Critical illness” from COVID-19 is defined by the CDC as hospitalization, admission to the ICU, intubation, or mechanical ventilation.

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NJ Advance Media reporter Avalon Joppo contributed to this report.

Karin Price can be reached at Muller [email protected].

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