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To learn more about the COVID-19 VACCINE and eligibility, click here.
All Middlesex County buildings will remain closed to the general public until further notice due to COVID-19– County services are available on an appointment basis.

 
 
Middlesex County’s Department of Public Safety & Health and Office of Health Services understand that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated now that COVID-19 vaccines are available in New Jersey.  There is currently a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine in Middlesex County, but supply will increase in the weeks and months to come.   ​

The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get vaccinated against COVID-19, but while the vaccine is limited, there will be a phased approach as to who is eligible to receive the vaccine.  Please be sure to check back as CDC and New Jersey Department of Health releases new phases and guidelines.

Currently, vaccines are available to the following groups:

Healthcare Personnel (Phase 1A)
Paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials, including, but not limited to:
  • Licensed healthcare professionals like doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists
  • Staff like receptionists, janitors, mortuary services, laboratory technicians
  • Consultants, per diem, and contractors who are not directly employed by the facility
  • Unpaid workers like health professional students, trainees, volunteers, and essential caregivers
  • Community health workers, doulas, and public health professionals like Medical Reserve Corps
  • Personnel with variable venues like EMS, paramedics, funeral staff, and autopsy workers
  • All workers in acute, pediatric, and behavioral health hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers
  • All workers in health facilities like psychiatric facilities, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and rehabs
  • All workers in clinic-based settings like urgent care clinics, dialysis centers, and family planning sites
  • All workers in long-term care settings like nursing homes, assisted living facilities, group homes, and others
  • All workers in occupational-based healthcare settings like health clinics within workplaces, shelters, jails, colleges and universities, and K-12 schools
  • All workers in community-based healthcare settings like PACE and Adult Living Community Nursing
  • All workers in home-based settings like hospice, home care, and visiting nurse services
  • All workers in office-based healthcare settings like physician and dental offices
  • All workers in public health settings like local health departments, LINCS agencies, harm reduction centers, and medicinal marijuana programs
  • All workers in retail, independent, and institutional pharmacies
  • Other paid or unpaid people who work in a healthcare setting, who may have direct or indirect contact with infectious persons or materials, and who cannot work from home.

Long-Term Care Residents and Staff (Phase 1A)
All residents and staff of long-term care facilities, including:
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Veterans homes
  • Assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, and personal care homes
  • Group homes like residential care homes, adult family homes, adult foster homes, and intellectual and developmental disabilities group homes
  • HUD 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program residences
  • Institutional settings like psychiatric hospitals, correctional institutions, county jails, and juvenile detention facilities (for eligible minors, e.g. 16+ years of age* may be eligible for Pfizer vaccine under the emergency use authorization) * Please note that Middlesex County is currently only administering the MODERNA vaccine, and you must be 18 years or over to receive it.​
  • Other vulnerable, congregate, long-term settings

First Responders (Phase 1B)
Sworn law enforcement, firefighters, and other first responders, including:
  • New Jersey State Police troopers
  • Municipal and county police officers
  • Campus police officers
  • Detectives in prosecutors' offices and state agencies
  • State agency/authority law enforcement officers (e.g. State Park Police and Conservation Officers, Palisades Interstate Parkway Officers, Human Services police, and NJTransit police)
  • Investigator, Parole and Secured Facilities Officers
  • Aeronautical Operations Specialists
  • Sworn Federal Law Enforcement Officers and Special Agents
  • Bi-State law enforcement officers (e.g. Port Authority)
  • Court Security Officers
  • Paid and unpaid members of firefighting services (structural and wildland)
  • Paid and unpaid members of Search and Rescue Units including technical rescue units and HAZMAT teams
  • Paid and unpaid firefighters who provide emergency medical services
  • Paid and unpaid members of Industrial units that perform Fire, Rescue and HAZMAT services
  • Members of State Fire Marshal's Offices
  • Bi-State Fire Service Personnel (e.g. Port Authority)

Individuals at High Risk (Phase 1B) (effective 1/14/21)
Individuals aged 65 and older, and individuals ages 16*-64 with medical conditions, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus. These conditions include:
  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
  • Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Smoking
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
 Please note that Middlesex County is currently only administering the MODERNA vaccine, and you must be 18 years or over to receive it.​​

Individuals who are pregnant and those in an immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant are also eligible but should follow CDC guidance and first discuss vaccination with their medical provider before receiving the vaccine.

NOTE: Vaccination phases are tentative and subject to change. The movement between vaccination eligibility phases may be fluid. One phase may overlap with another. Not all individuals in each phase will be vaccinated before opening to additional groups, and not all groups within a specific phase will be made eligible to receive the vaccine at the same time.

For more information about New Jersey’s plan for who will be eligible for vaccination next, visit the NJDOH Vaccination Website.​ 





If you meet the criteria above, are 18 years of age or older, have not been confirmed positive with COVID-19 within the last 90 days, and would like to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine, click 
here for registration options. 

 



  

IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT THE COVID-19 VACCINE


The CDC has compiled a list of things to know about the US COVID-19 Vaccine program, including:
  • The safety of the COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine will help protect you from getting COVID-19, but two doses are needed.
  • There is currently a limited supply, but it will increase in the weeks and months to come.
  • After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are just one of many important tools to help us stop this pandemic.

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f you've been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 90 days, you may not be eligible to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine at this time.  Based on The estimated half-life of monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma as part of COVID-19 treatment/infection as well as evidence suggesting that reinfection is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection, vaccination should be deferred for at least 90 days, as a precautionary measure until additional information becomes available, to avoid interference of the antibody that is already present with the vaccine induced immune response. 




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Even more Middlesex County-specific COVID resources are available at http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/covid19​ and questions can be directed to our County-operated Call Center at 732-745-3100.  The Call Center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30am - 6pm, and weekends from 9am-3pm.​​​​​​
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COVID-19 Vaccines are available in select locations in New Jersey.  Click Here for registration options.​


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Office of Health Services
35 Kennedy Blvd
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
732-745-3100

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