Update: Sept. 24, 2021
A booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine is now authorized and recommended for certain individuals after at least 6 months have passed since they have received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
The following individuals should or may receive a booster shot:
- Those who are 65 years of age and older should receive a booster
- Those who are 50-64 years of age with certain underlying medical conditions (more information at the link below) should receive a booster
- Those who are 18-64 years of age with certain underlying medical conditions (more information at the link below) may receive a booster
- Those who are 18-64 years of age with increased risk of exposure to the virus; due to being exposed in occupational or institutional settings may receive a booster
More information can be found at the CDC website: click here.
More information from the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) website: click here.
Third Dose vs. Booster Dose: What's the Difference?
The Moderna and Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines have been approved for a third dose for those who are immunocompromised. The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for a booster dose for certain individuals.
The NJDOH's Third Dose vs. Booster checklist (PDF) explains the difference between the two. If you are unsure whether you should get a third dose or a booster dose, talk to your health care provider.
Update: Aug. 18, 2021
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.
Update: May 12, 2021
The CDC has now approved and is recommending the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in those age 12 and over.
The NJ Department of Health is moving forward as quickly and safely as possible and encourages parents and guardians to speak with their pediatricians or healthcare providers if they have questions and to get their children vaccinated.
Update: April 28, 2021
As of April 23, 2021 the CDC and FDA have advised the resumption of the Johnson and Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. For more information about the resumption of the vaccine and for additional information about the vaccine visit the CDC website here: Johnson and Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Residents who are home bound:
Residents who are home bound and interested in receiving the vaccine may contact Ana from the Livingston Health Department about scheduling an appointment and for more information at 973-535-7961 ext. 231.
IMPORTANT: You must register before going to the vaccination site
Assistance with Registering
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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As of April 19, 2021....
- All individuals age 16 and older are eligible for vaccination
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.