Current New Jersey Vaccination Guidelines

As of Monday, April 19th, all individuals aged 16 and older are eligible for vaccination.

Note: The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for persons 16 years of age and older under the FDA's Emergency Use Authorization, however the Moderna vaccine is recommended for individuals 18 years and older. Not all sites administer both vaccines, so it is important to check with your vaccination site before scheduling a visit to ensure you are eligible. The County of Sussex is administering the Moderna vaccine.

The COVID-19 Vaccination Program options have significantly expanded since the first vaccines were administered in January. Many local pharmacies and supermarkets are now administering vaccines in Sussex County. Residents are encouraged to use the https://vaccinefinder.org/ link to search for the first available appointment in the area.

The Sussex County Fairgrounds Vaccination Site administered 1000 Moderna vaccinations each week throughout the first quarter of 2021. It is anticipated that the Fairgrounds will continue to receive shipments of the Moderna vaccine for the foreseeable future.
The good news is that the weekly allotments seem to be increasing significantly.
The Division of Health is ramping up operations to take advantage of this opportunity and will be increasing daily appointments accordingly.

The Fairgrounds vaccination site restricts service to residents of Sussex County as well as students attending school in Sussex County and persons employed in Sussex County.

The Sussex County Division of Senior Services (973-579-0555) helps seniors over the age of 65 who need assistance making an appointment. Seniors citizens 65+ can also call the state operated senior-specific hotline at (856) 249-7007 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to schedule dedicated COVID-19 appointments statewide.

Register for a Moderna vaccination at Sussex County Fairgrounds

NOTE: The Sussex County Vaccination Site is only able to accept those 18 years or older due to the use of the Moderna Vaccine.

As of April 17, the County has provided 8701 first doses of the vaccine and 5309 second doses. The demand for vaccinations will continue to be greater than available appointments for the next several months. The County is administering the Moderna vaccine as quickly as it is delivered. We encourage you to sign-up with other providers listed in following sections of this page.

Sussex County Health has administered more than 14,000 vaccinations as of April 19.

It is important to keep abreast of openings around the region including sites outside of Sussex County. A Mega-Site has opened at the Rockaway Mall. Pharmacies, supermarkets and government centers across New Jersey are providing service. This website lists a number of vaccination providers in and around Sussex County. We encourage our citizens to register with local providers so they may pursue vaccinations appointment options across the region. Sites across the region are working through the backlog of appointments and with each day more citizens are finding that vaccination appointment dates can be confirmed.

We encourage patience but also vigilance. Keep checking available vaccination sites online, wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands often. Know that with more sites opening and additional vaccines becoming available, all citizens will, with time, benefit from the opportunity to get vaccinated.

Sussex County receives direction from the New Jersey Department of Health. Review the most current vaccination guidelines.

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Sussex County Fairgrounds
Augusta, NJ
NOTE: The Sussex County Vaccination Site is only able to accept those 18 years or older due to the use of the Moderna Vaccine.

Register for an appointment. You must live, work, or go to school in Sussex County to book an appointment. You will be asked for proof of the above at the time of vaccination. Sussex County has administered the Moderna vaccine. Do not drive to the fairgrounds without an appointment. When you have an appointment, be sure to complete, print and sign the vaccine consent form and review the Moderna EUA fact sheet.
Current Vaccination Guidelines
Vaccine Consent Form
Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine
v-safe After Vaccination Health Checker
COVID-19 Vaccines: Know the Facts
COVID-19 vaccine scheduling information for seniors age 65+ Seniors 65+ can call the senior-specific hotline at 856-249-7007 from 8am-8pm to schedule dedicated COVID-19 vaccine appointments
or
Seniors 65+ can call Walmart stores directly for dedicated appointments https://www.walmart.com/store/directory/nj.
Atlantic Health System Sign up for Vaccine Appointment Alerts from Atlantic Health System. Appointments are being scheduled at the Morris County Regional COVID-19 Vaccination Center in Rockaway. Atlantic Health System is working with the County of Morris and the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) on this state-designated site. Additional Atlantic Health System centers are open in Clark, Mountain Lakes and Pompton Plains. Other locations will be opening soon.
ShopRite Pharmacies At this time, select ShopRite Pharmacies - including 39 ShopRite Pharmacies in New Jersey and our ShopRite Pharmacy in Pearl River, New York - are working to offer vaccines in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.
Rite Aid Pharmacies Now Vaccinating Educators. Rite Aid is proud to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to pre-K to high school educators, school staff and childcare program staff. Schedule & get tested today!
Walgreens To schedule an appointment over the phone, call your local Walgreens pharmacy or 1-800-WALGREENS (1-800-925-4733).
Walmart Available at no cost in select locations based on eligibility.
Weis Pharmacy Services Weis Markets pharmacies in New Jersey are administering the Johnson and Johnson one dose, COVID-19 vaccine for those ages 65 and older, paid and unpaid health care workers, first responders including sworn law enforcement and fire professionals, residents and workers of long-term care and high-risk congregate care facilities, and those with pre-existing conditions per state guidelines. Immunizations are by appointment only.
NJ Vaccine Scheduling System (NJVSS) - covidvaccine.nj.gov COVID-19 vaccines are on the way to hospitals and clinics across New Jersey. You can reserve your spot to get a vaccine now by pre-registering here. We'll ask some questions to determine when you are eligible to receive a vaccination.
COVID-19 Vaccine Locations for Eligible Recipients Appointments are limited. All listed vaccination sites may not have open appointments available immediately. The federal supply of vaccine to New Jersey remains limited. However, this list is updated frequently and new sites will be added continually.
https://vaccinefinder.org/ Find COVID-19 vaccines near you.
https://covid19.nj.gov/finder/ Search for available vaccine appointments at locations across the State of New Jersey. Browse the list of sites or search by county by selecting your desired county from the menu.

Please contact the local health department for the county in which you reside for access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

Directory of Local Health Departments in NJ.


Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services
COVID-19 Vaccination Planning Q & A
January 15, 2021

Please review updates below highlighted with yellow shading. Counties are in a very fluid situation as the New Jersey Department of Health issues revised and/or new information on a regular basis. Several of the links below will take you to NJDOH sites for updates.

Is Sussex County preparing to administer COVID-19 vaccinations?

The Sussex County Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Health opened the COVID-19 vaccination site at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta on Thursday, January 14, 2021 in accordance with the State's phased distribution.

Are two doses required?

Yes the two approved vaccines have a two dose protocol.

Will I get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine?

Sussex County has been advised that the Moderna vaccine will be delivered. Future shipments could be provided by other manufacturers. You will receive a card at the time of your first vaccination with pertinent information and a schedule for the second round of vaccine to be administered.

How do I schedule my second vaccination?

If you received the first vaccination at the Fairgrounds, an email from Sussex County Health will be sent to you shortly scheduling your second vaccination. Unfortunately there is very little flexibility to reschedule. You are encouraged to accept the reservation time and date so as not to delay this opportunity.

Who and how are priorities set for obtaining vaccinations?

Sussex County receives direction from the New Jersey Department of Health. There are currently four major categories. Amendments are issued by the state so it is important to check the most current vaccination guidelines link. Review the most current vaccination guidelines.

There are no openings for vaccination appointments in Sussex County or within a reasonable proximity to our home, what do I do?

Sites across the state were overwhelmed by registrants in the early days. Further, the rollout of vaccines has fallen below early expectations. Both of these issues will improve with time. Check the reservation site regularly in the days and week to come.

I am or I know a senior citizen who is not capable of filling out the form on line and may need transportation to the Fairgrounds vaccination center. What should I do?

The Sussex County Division of Senior Services is providing assistance to our seniors. The staff will help with a referral to Skylands Ride and/or help fill out the vaccination registration and appointment scheduler. You can call the office at 973 579-0555 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. Know that vaccine limitations apply and with time, more flexibility will occur to help get seniors vaccinated. Please understand that if multiple callers are ahead of you, a voice message should be left with your name and return telephone number. A Division of Senior Services staff representative will get back to you with advice and/or assistance.

Will there be regular updates on line?

Absolutely! Sussex County will endeavor to keep its web page up to date throughout the vaccination period.

I have underlying health issues and I am scared about a reaction to the vaccination? What happens if I have a reaction?

Sussex County recommends that you consult your medical provider if you have any concerns or have ever experienced an allergic reaction, even a mild reaction to a vaccination or food. Your physician is the best source of guidance. If you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, consult your physician. If you are breast feeding, consult your physician. Please do not simply rely upon internet sources. Trained Public Health Nurses will be at the vaccination site. A protocol for monitoring you immediately after receiving a vaccination is in place. You should anticipate remaining at the vaccination site for 15 minutes and in some cases (if you have experienced past allergic reactions to foods or mild reactions to a vaccine) 30 minutes. The protocol will be explained to you upon arrival. If you have had a significant reaction to a vaccine in the past such as hives, trouble breathing or other symptom, you may not qualify to receive a vaccination through the Sussex County site. Clinics with a higher level of healthcare support are better suited to handle a negative reaction to the vaccine.

How do I get my children vaccinated?

Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is approved for 16 years of age or older while Moderna is approved for 18 years and older according to limitations assigned by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Hopefully, a vaccination will eventually be deemed safe for juveniles but as of this time the two vaccines in the pipeline have age restrictions.

This sounds like an enormous endeavor? Can I just get my vaccinations from my pharmacy or medical provider?

Absolutely but be patient as medical practices and pharmacies are waiting to receive the vaccines as well. You are not required to get your vaccination through the county. You are encouraged to access your medical provider or schedule through your pharmacy if practical. Sussex County is planning to serve an enormous population in a relatively short period of time.

When should I recheck this site?

Information changes with each week. Check this site regularly and again, please be patient. The vaccination process will be underway through much of 2021.

It is anticipated that additional vaccination opportunities will be opening through local medical groups and pharmacies as the year progresses.

A number of links are provided below with additional information. Please spend a few minute reading the data presented by Pfizer, Moderna, the NJ Department of Health and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Links will be refreshed as new date is released.

EUA Moderna Factsheet for Recipients and Caregivers:
https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/eua_moderna_factsheet_for_recipients.pdf

EUA Pfizer Factsheet for Recipients and Caregivers:
https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/EUA_Pfizer_FactSheet_for_Recipients.pdf

COVID-19 Vaccines: Know the Facts:
https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/COVID19-Vaccines-Know-the-Facts.pdf

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility:
https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/slowing-the-spread/who-is-eligible-for-vaccination-in-new-jersey-who-is-included-in-the-vaccination-phases#direct-link

Questions and Answers about COVID-19 Vaccines from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP):
https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center/making-vaccines/prevent-covid

Vax Matters Newsletter:
https://nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/VaxMatters.pdf

Please stay healthy and safe. Wear a mask in public at all times. Social distancing is critical. Wash or sanitize your hands often. All of these health precautions should continue after your vaccination. More will be known in the weeks and months to come. Our best advice at this point in time is to remain vigilant.

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