COVID-19 vaccine availability opens up

As of Jan. 14, 2021, the following groups are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Paid or unpaid persons working or volunteering in a healthcare setting
  • Residents of long-term care facilities and other congregate settings
  • Frontline first responders
  • Persons aged 65 or older
  • Persons aged 16 to 64 who have at least one chronic medical condition that poses high-risk for severe COVID-19:
    • Cancer
    • Chronic Kidney Disease
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
    • Down Syndrome
    • Heart Conditions (e.g. heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies)
    • Immunocompromised (weakened immune system) due to organ transplant (consult with your doctor)
    • Obesity (e.g. body mass index of 30kg/m2 or higher)
    • Pregnancy (consult with your doctor)
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Smoking
    • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

These groups may start making vaccination appointments. More groups will become eligible in the coming weeks.

For a list of open vaccination sites nearest you and register for a COVID-19 vaccine visit covid19.nj.gov/vaccine.

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