Currently, COVID-19 vaccines are available to paid and unpaid health care workers, residents and staff of long-term and congregate-care facilities, first responders including sworn law enforcement and fire professionals, people over 65, and people 16 to 64 with certain medical conditions as defined by the CDC that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus.
If you are eligible to get a vaccine, you should pre-register for the vaccine on the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System website. According to state officials, you will be notified when an appointment is available to you. Some Planet Princeton readers have reported that they received a notification that they were eligible. They could register for an appointment through the NJ Health Department, but they reported that there were no options close to the Princeton area. They were also directed to a list of places they could call to make their own appointments. But many of these locations are not accepting appointments right now because they are booked or do not have the vaccine in stock at the moment.
Some readers have had success making appointments at the state’s mega-site in Edison in Middlesex County. Readers said they were successful getting an appointment after checking back numerous times on several sites.
Below are locations in our region where you can make a vaccination appointment directly. Click the link for a particular site for more information and to register. We note that most locations are out of the vaccine and many are not accepting appointments as of Monday until they get more of the vaccine.
Vaccine clinics don’t accept walk-ins at this time. Some readers who are eligible and have had no luck getting an appointment in the region have successfully made appointments at vaccine locations in other counties. The full list of vaccination sites across the state is available online.
We have also created a Google document to crowdsource the latest information about vaccine ability across the state. We are adding more locations to the document. Currently, locations in our region are listed. If you have updated information about a location, please add a comment to the Google document. Thank you.
The Morris County mega-site is not open to the general public yet. The link for the Gloucester County mega-site at Rowan College redirects people to the state pre-registration site.
The Mercer County vaccination site at the CURE Arena in Trenton will have a soft launch this week. Stay tuned for more details about making appointments there as more information becomes available. The county will also open a site at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor in late January or early February.
Penn Medicine Princeton Health in Plainsboro will start accepting appointments on Jan. 20 for those currently eligible to be vaccinated.
Editor’s notes: The Princeton clinic is only vaccinating up to 500 people a week right now. Capital Health System in Hopewell is listed on the state website as a vaccine location, but according to the hospital, Capital Health is not providing vaccines to the general public through the hospital sites at this time. The hospital is partnering with the county for the CURE Arena vaccination clinics.
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