Week of March 1: COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Who is currently eligible in NJ?

Healthcare personnel (paid or unpaid), long-term care residents and staff, first responders and individuals at high risk (persons 65 or older or individuals ages 16-64 with medical conditions that increase the risk of COVID-19) are eligible for vaccination in the state of New Jersey.

Where can you get vaccinated in NJ?

There are six mega sites in New Jersey:

  • Atlantic County: Atlantic City Convention Center
  • Bergen County: Racetrack at Meadowlands, East Rutherford
  • Burlington County: Moorestown Mall
  • Gloucester County: Rowan College of South Jersey, Sewell
  • Middlesex County: New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, Edison
  • Morris County: Rockaway Townsquare

Access a complete list of COVID-19 vaccination sites via covid19.nj.gov. You must have an appointment; there are no walk-ins in the state. Appointments can also be scheduled at 27 CVS locations in NJ at www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine. The state launched a call center to field residents’ questions about COVID-19 vaccination. It is also a resource for residents who don’t have Internet access to use to schedule vaccine appointments when the supply of doses is not so limited. Operators will be available at the call center from 8 AM to 8 PM, Monday-Friday. You can reach the call center at 855.568.0545.

Important updates for NJ?

On March 1st, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that expanded vaccine eligibility is coming to NJ. On March 15th, Pre-K through 12th grade teachers, child care workers, Motor Vehicle Commission workers, NJ transportation workers, public and local transportation workers (including taxi, rideshare and airport employees), public safety personnel, members of tribal communities, migrant farmworkers and people who are homeless, living in homeless shelters or domestic violence shelters will all be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Who is currently eligible in PA?

Pennsylvania is currently vaccinating Phase 1A, which includes long-term care facility residents and health care personnel. On Jan. 19, the state announced it is expanding vaccine eligibility to include people over the age of 65 and those with high-risk medical conditions, including smoking.

Where can you get vaccinated in PA? 

On health.pa.gov, there is a published list of facilities where COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available. The list is updated every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to reflect which sites have received their allotted vaccine supply. Residents can also make appointments at certain CVS locations in the state at www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine.

Important updates for PA? 

A Pennsylvania Department of Health official stated it could be as late as summer before PA’s next priority group (1B) can access the vaccine due to weather delays and limited supplies.

On Feb. 28th, Pennsylvania counties began to receive population-adjusted portions of the state’s $145 million COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program. The program will make grants (ranging from $5,000 to $50,000) available to food and drink service businesses that were adversely affected by the pandemic. Applications for the grants should open by March 15th, and the program’s funds are expected to be fully allocated by July.

 

Who is currently eligible in Philadelphia? 

Philadelphia is currently in Phase 1B, which includes: first responders, service providers working with high-risk populations, public transit employees, food distribution workers, education providers, essential retail workers, manufacturers, persons living or working in congregate residential settings, persons aged 75+ and persons with high-risk medical conditions.

Where can you get vaccinated in Philadelphia?

Philadelphia citizens can pre-register and officially express interest in receiving the vaccine by filling out a form at covid-vaccine-interest.phila.gov. Some vaccination sites in the city can be found at health.pa.gov. The city is operating three vaccination clinics, located at:

  • Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School in Harrowgate
  • Martin Luther King Older Adult Center in North Philadelphia
  • University of the Sciences in West Philadelphia

Invitations to schedule appointments at these sites will be sent via email to eligible residents who signed up via Philly’s vaccine interest form.

The Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium is also hosting pop-up vaccination clinics for residents who live in one of the hardest-hit ZIP codes and are in Phase 1B and residents who are 75 or older. Visit their website at www.blackdoctorsconsortium.com.

Important updates for Philadelphia?

On March 3rd, FEMA opened its vaccination center at the Convention Center. Residents in the city’s 1A and 1B categories are eligible to be vaccinated at this site; the city will contact residents with instructions to make an appointment. The site will be open 7 days a week, 8 AM to 8 PM, until April 30th, 2021.

On March 1st, the city loosened some of its tightest restrictions on sports, outdoor events and dining. The updated guidance will allow fans to attend Flyers and 76ers games.

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