Covid-19 Vaccine Information
General COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Anyone 12 or older who lives, works, or studies in New Jersey is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. For more information about current eligibility, statewide vaccination site locations, and to preregister for vaccination, visit COVID-19.nj.gov/vaccine.
The New Jersey COVID Vaccine Call Center can also be reached at: (855)-568-0545
Click here for Ocean County Health Department vaccine clinics and testing locations.
Additional vaccination information specific for veterans, businesses, seniors and children is available here.
Can I get the COVID-19 Booster Shots?
Booster shots of the Pfizer and COVID-19 vaccine are available and recommended to the following individuals who received their second shot at least six months ago:
- People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot;
- People age 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot;
- People age 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks;
- People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional settings, including healthcare workers, may receive a booster shot, based on their individual benefits and risks.
Individuals will self-identify according to the categories outlined by the CDC and will not be required by vaccination providers to provide proof of a medical condition or a note from a medical provider in order to receive a booster dose in New Jersey.
At this time, the CDC recommends that individuals receive booster shots or additional doses of the same vaccine they received the first time.
To find a vaccination site and book an appointment for the booster shot online, visit COVID19.nj.gov/finder or call the state’s Vaccine Call Center at 1-855-568-0545.
Why do People Need Booster Shots?
The protection provided by COVID-19 vaccines appears to wane over time, especially for people 65 and older. Booster shots bring people's immunity back up to what it was right after they got their second shots, or to even higher levels.
Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Doses
People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines should receive another dose. At this time, additional doses are not recommended for those vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
It is recommended that eligible individuals get their third dose if at least four weeks have passed since their previous vaccination was completed. To see if you are eligible and make an appointment for your third dose, click here.
What's The Difference Between the COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot and Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Doses?
An additional dose is for people who may not have had a strong enough immune response from the first two doses. A booster shot, on the other hand, is for people whose immune response may have weakened over time.
COVID-19 Vaccines at the VA:
All Veterans, their spouses, caregivers, and Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs recipients can get a COVID-19 vaccine at the VA. To find VA facilities near you that offer COVID-19 vaccines either by appointment or by walk-in, click here.
At this time, VA COVID-19 vaccine clinics are providing boosters during walk-in hours. Their vaccine clinics are fully open for boosters where Pfizer vaccine boosters are available. You can confirm that the VA facility has the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine here.
On-Site COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for your Business
The Burlington County Health Department is providing vaccines, staff, and supplies for on-site vaccine clinics to businesses interested in hosting vaccine clinics. If your business is located in Burlington County, you can call (609)-265-5290 to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination event at your business location. For more information or general inquiries, please call (609)-265-5548 or email email@example.com.
COVID Seniors Hotline Info
Seniors 65+ can call 856-249-7007 for assistance to register, schedule, and reschedule vaccination appointments as needed. This is a Senior specific hotline open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. run by the New Jersey Department of Health.
COVID Vaccination Information for Parents, Children, Adolescents, and Teens
Children aged 12 years and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
To answer questions about vaccinating children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shared updated information on their website. Additional resources are listed in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Parents of Adolescents Toolkit (also available in Spanish).