Update: Jan. 7, 2021
The CDC now recommends that those who received the Moderna vaccine primary series may receive a booster dose; 5 months after their second dose of the vaccine.
For more information from the CDC, click here.
Update: Jan. 4, 2021
The CDC now recommends that those who are moderately or severely immunocompromised who are aged 5-11 should receive an additional dose of the Pfizer vaccine 28 days after their second dose.
Additionally, the CDC now recommends those who are ages 12 and older receive a booster dose 5 months after completing the primary vaccination series for the Pfizer covid vaccine.
More information can be found on the CDC website by clicking here.
Update: Dec. 9, 2021
The CDC has expanded booster dose recommendations to include those aged 16 and 17 who received the Pfizer vaccine. More information will be available soon but you can read the CDC's statement by clicking here.
Booster Dose Information
The CDC recommends anyone aged 18 and older who are vaccinated with Moderna get a booster dose.
Click here for more information regarding booster doses for Moderna from the CDC.
For those 18 years and older who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, a booster dose is recommended after at least 2 months have passed since they received the vaccine.
Mixing and Matching: Those who are eligible to receive a booster vaccine may choose to receive a booster dose of a different vaccine then the vaccine they originally received.
More information can be found at the CDC website: Click here.
More information from the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) website: Click here.
Update: Nov. 2, 2021: Covid Vaccination for Children Ages 5-11
The Pfizer vaccine has now been approved for ages 5-11. Click here to view the statement from Commissioner Judith Persichilli from the New Jersey Department of Health regarding the approval of the Pfizer vaccine for ages 5-11.
Click here for more information from the CDC regarding Covid vaccination for children and teens.
Update: Aug. 18, 2021: 3rd Dose Information
It is recommended that people with moderately or severely compromised immune systems who are fully vaccinated with Pfizer or Monderna, receive a third dose of the vaccine. More information about who should receive a third dose and how to get a third dose, can be found by clicking 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
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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. To learn more click here.
Residents are encouraged to visit Essex County's informational website, which also includes links to schedule COVID tests and vaccinations:
COVID-19 vaccinations have begun 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 Department of Health vaccine cost information page.
Anyone interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine must make an appointment. To make an appointment 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 email@example.com.