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Posted on: January 14, 2021

COVID vaccination eligibility information

Governor Murphy announced that the following residents may begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on January 14, 2021:  individuals 65 years old and older; and, and individuals between the ages of 16-64 with medical conditions that increase the risk of severe illness from contracting COVID-19 as defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at Certain Medical Conditions and Risk for Severe COVID-19 Illness | CDC.  Please note that the State is still administering Phase 1A of its vaccination plan, which includes healthcare workers; long-term care facility residents; and, sworn law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders. 

HOW TO GET VACCINATED 

  1. Registration is required. Log into www.ccdoh.org
  2. You must be in the NJDOH Priority Group Listed – Please see list below. 
  3. Complete the online information
  4. Bring your completed registration and consent form to your appointment.

  

WHEN 

Appointment is required. No walk-up registration. Register for a specific appointment time.

 

HOW TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT

Log into www.ccdoh.orgChoose a date and time and answer the appropriate questions. Once you click submit you will receive the location of the vaccination clinic site in a confirmation email that will have a link to the “Covid-19 Vaccination Registration Form”. This is a fillable form. Please complete the form, print it out, double sided if possible and bring it with you to your appointment. Please note: if you go to register and there are no time slots showing, please close the browser window and try to sign in again.

 

The County Health Department currently offers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, recommended for people 18 years of age and older.  Only people in the NJDOH and CDC-defined Phase 1a priority, First Responders/Uniformed Police and Fire defined as Phase 1b, and Individuals at High Risk defined below as Phase 1b will be given appointments. Also accepted will be those in other priority groups selected announced by the New Jersey Department of Health. The health department is asking those in the current category to please bring proof of occupation/volunteer status. Walk-up registration will not be accepted. As more doses become available, more appointment slots and vaccination clinics will be opened. 

 

Please visit www.ccdoh.org every Friday to view updated clinic schedules for the following week. 

For more information and questions, please visit www.ccdoh.org or www.facebook.com/CCDOH . You can also contact the County Health Department at 856-327-7602.

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR VACCINATION AT THIS TIME

As of January 14, 2021, the following groups are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine:

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:

  1. Licensed healthcare professionals like doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists
  2. Staff like receptionists, janitors, mortuary services, laboratory technicians
  3. Consultants, per diem, and contractors who are not directly employed by the facility
  4. Unpaid workers like health professional students, trainees, volunteers, and essential caregivers
  5. Community health workers, doulas, and public health professionals like Medical Reserve Corps
  6. Personnel with variable venues like EMS, paramedics, funeral staff, and autopsy workers
  7. All workers in acute, pediatric, and behavioral health hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers
  8. All workers in health facilities like psychiatric facilities, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and rehabs
  9. All workers in clinic-based settings like urgent care clinics, dialysis centers, and family planning sites
  10. All workers in long-term care settings like nursing homes, assisted living facilities, group homes, and others
  11. All workers in occupational-based healthcare settings like health clinics within workplaces, shelters, jails, colleges and universities, and K-12 schools
  12. All workers in community-based healthcare settings like PACE and Adult Living Community Nursing
  13. All workers in home-based settings like hospice, home care, and visiting nurse services
  14. All workers in office-based healthcare settings like physician and dental offices
  15. All workers in public health settings like local health departments, LINCS agencies, harm reduction centers, and medicinal marijuana programs
  16. All workers in retail, independent, and institutional pharmacies
  17. 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 and Other Congregate Settings (Phase 1A)
 All residents and staff of long-term care facilities, including:

  1. Skilled nursing facilities
  2. Veterans homes
  3. Assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, and personal care homes
  4. Group homes like residential care homes, adult family homes, adult foster homes, and intellectual and developmental disabilities group homes
  5. HUD 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program residences
  6. 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)
  7. Other vulnerable, congregate, long-term settings

Frontline First Responders (Phase 1B)

Sworn law enforcement, firefighters, and other first responders, including:

  1. New Jersey State Police troopers
  2. Municipal and county police officers
  3. Campus police officers
  4. Detectives in prosecutors' offices and state agencies
  5. State agency/authority law enforcement officers (e.g. State Park Police and Conservation Officers, Palisades Interstate Parkway Officers, Human Services police, and NJTransit police)
  6. Investigator, Parole and Secured Facilities Officers
  7. Aeronautical Operations Specialists
  8. Sworn Federal Law Enforcement Officers and Special Agents
  9. Bi-State law enforcement officers (e.g. Port Authority)
  10. Court Security Officers
  11. Paid and unpaid members of firefighting services (structural and wildland)
  12. Paid and unpaid members of Search and Rescue Units including technical rescue units and HAZMAT teams
  13. Paid and unpaid firefighters who provide emergency medical services
  14. Paid and unpaid members of Industrial units that perform Fire, Rescue and HAZMAT services
  15. Members of State Fire Marshal's Offices
  16. Bi-State Fire Service Personnel (e.g. Port Authority)

Individuals at High Risk (Phase 1B) (effective 1/14/21)

Individuals/Persons aged 65 and older, and individuals ages 16-64 years old who have at least one chronic medical condition that poses high-risk for severe COVID-19 (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:

  1. Cancer
  2. Chronic kidney disease
  3. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  4. Down Syndrome
  5. Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  6. Immunocompromised (weakened immune system) due to organ transplant (consult with your doctor)
  7. Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
  8. Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
  9. Sickle cell disease
  10. Smoking
  11. Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  12. Pregnancy (consult with your doctor)

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.

If you are currently eligible, click here for more information on where to get vaccinated. For more information on Phase 1A, click here.

 WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR VACCINATION NEXT

  1. Additional frontline essential workers (Phase 1B)
  2. Other essential workers (Phase 1C)
  3. General population (Phase 2)

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.

An announcement regarding when additional frontline essential workers and individuals at high risk will be eligible for the vaccine under Phase 1B and Phase 1C will be forthcoming. Categories of individuals are informed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) "Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce" advisory list, ACIP recommendations, and recommendations of the NJDOH COVID-19 Professional Advisory Committee.

 

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