Children ages 6 months - 5 years old are now eligible to receive either the Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna covid vaccine. For more information about the covid vaccine recommendations for this age group from the CDC, click here.
Children ages 5-11 are now eligible and recommended by the CDC to receive a booster dose 5 months after their primary vaccination series with Pfizer. For more information click hereCurrent Vaccine, Booster, and Third Dose Eligibility
Everyone 5 years or older is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey and encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
- All adults (18 and older) are eligible for the two-dose Pfizer, two-dose Moderna or one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
- All adolescents ages 12 through 17 are eligible for the two-dose Pfizer vaccine.
- All children ages 5 through 11 are eligible for the pediatric two-dose Pfizer vaccine.
- Everyone 12 and older should get a booster shot if it has been at least 5 months after your second Pfizer or Moderna shot, or 2 months after your one dose Johnson & Johnson shot. At this time, only the Pfizer vaccine is authorized and recommended for adolescents aged 12 to 17. Learn more.
- Those who received their first booster 4 months ago and are age 50 and over or are age 12 and over and moderately or severely immunocompromised can receive a 2nd booster dose. Those who are age 18 and over and received 2 doses of the J&J vaccine at least 4 months ago may get another booster dose. For more information about second booster dose recommendations visit the CDC website by clicking here.
- People who are moderately to severely immune compromised are eligible for a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
- The CDC recommends that people ages 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should receive a total of 4 doses of COVID-19 vaccine: A primary series of 3 doses of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, plus 1 booster of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (4th dose). Read more about recommendations for immunocompromised individuals...
Covid Vaccine Eligibility Tool
This tool developed by the CDC can help you determine if you are eligible to receive any additional covid vaccine doses such as booster doses. To access the tool click here.
Make a Vaccine Appointment
If you need assistance with registering for the vaccine or would like more information about the various locations that are nearby, you may contact the state's toll free COVID-19 vaccination hotline or complete an online form.
1. Call 855-568-0545
2. Or complete an online form at covid19.nj.gov/vaccinehelp
The hotline is available to assist callers daily from 8:00am-8:00pm and can provide assistance to callers in multiple languages.
The NJ Vaccine Call Center has a phone line for those who are 65 and older to assist with registration and scheduling appointments at certain site locations which will include ShopRites and Walmarts. The hotline is available from 8:00am-8:00pm.
1. Call 856-249-7007
Video: How to Get a Vaccine through Essex County
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NJ 211 has partnered with United Way Worldwide and Lyft to offer free or discounted transportation to vaccine appointments for anyone who is 18 and older (or riding with an adult) and has an appointment in New Jersey. Learn more here.
Residents are encouraged to visit Essex County's informational website, which also includes links to schedule COVID tests and vaccinations:
COVID-19 vaccinations are available at various vaccination centers throughout Essex County and New Jersey. Livingston residents are now eligible to make an appointment at any of the Essex County site locations that are currently open.
Getting vaccinated can help protect you and those around you from getting COVID-19. Measures such as wearing a mask and social distancing have helped control the spread; being vaccinated against COVID-19 can further help limit the spread of the virus.
Appointments and Cost
There will be no out-of-pocket expenses charged to residents for a Covid-19 vaccine. For more information about vaccine costs and insurance coverage visit the NJ Covid-19 Information Hub.
To make a vaccination appointment in Essex County, visit EssexCOVID.org or call 973-877-8456.
Essex County is seeking individuals who would be interested in volunteering to assist at the vaccination centers.
Volunteers at any of the sites will assist with administrative roles. In addition, volunteers with a nursing/medical background are in need to assist with inoculation. All volunteers will receive full PPE and priority to receive a COVID-19 vaccine if they choose.
If you are interested in assisting at a vaccination center, please send your name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.