Even as COVID-19 rates improve, it is important to take steps to stay safe and healthy. This article provides up-to-date information on COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, and high quality face masks—all free of charge.
Everyone age 5 or older is eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey.
Everyone over the age of 12 is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot. The CDC and NJ Department of Health encourage everyone to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible.
Insurance is not necessary. No one will have to pay for the vaccine, and there are no out-of-pocket costs.
Documentation of citizenship status is not required to get vaccinated. Vaccine sites may request documentation, but it is not required. You cannot be denied access to the vaccine for not having ID. Vaccination sites will not ask for proof of immigration status. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will not conduct enforcement operations at or near vaccination sites.
Information should be available for New Jerseyans who do not speak English. All vaccination distribution sites have been asked to provide translation and interpretation services.
To learn more about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, visit https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccinevideos.
How can I schedule a vaccination appointment?
New Jersey’s toll-free Vaccine Call Center (1-855-568-0545) can answer questions and help you make a vaccination appointment for yourself or your family. They can also check registration status and update registration information. The hotline is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day and can help callers in more than 240 languages.
The New Jersey Vaccine Appointment Finder can help you find a vaccination site near you, with or without an appointment. This includes “mega sites” in Bergen, Burlington, Gloucester, Passaic, and Somerset counties.
The COVID-19 community calendar includes events such as pop-up vaccination sites and virtual town halls.
The New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System is available in English and Spanish. The form takes about 15 minutes to fill out, and all information entered is kept private.
If you are 65 or older, you can call a senior-specific hotline at 856-249-7007 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for help scheduling a vaccination appointment. Dedicated appointment slots are reserved for those aged 65 and over.
If you cannot leave home to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, you may request an in-home vaccination appointment. You may also request an appointment for another homebound person. Complete a form at covid19.nj.gov/homeboundvax (English) or covid19.nj.gov/homeboundvax-es (Spanish).
How can I get to my vaccination appointment?
I already got my vaccine. Where can I get a booster?
Research shows that COVID-19 vaccines prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death. But, studies also show that vaccination may become less effective over time, especially for older people. Booster doses provide necessary additional protection and maintain strong immunity.
Everyone over the age of 12 can get a free booster shot at any vaccination location, using the same resources listed above. You are eligible for a booster two months after a one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot, or five months after your second Pfizer or Moderna shot. Eligible adults may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose; 12- to 17-year-olds are only eligible for a Pfizer booster.
Bring your CDC vaccination card or other vaccination documentation to your booster appointment. You do not need any proof of a medical condition, a note from a medical provider, or a prescription.
People with moderate or severe immune system deficiencies should get an additional Pfizer or Moderna shot sooner than others, at least 28 days after their second Pfizer or Moderna shot. It is recommended that they receive a third dose of the same product as their first two shots. Immunocompromised individuals should share this information at their appointment. Proof of immunocompromised status is not required.
Where can I find the recommended face masks?
High quality, high filtration face masks protect you from COVID-19. They are recommended in indoor or higher risk settings, regardless of vaccination status. All American adults can now pick up three free N95 masks at partner pharmacies through a new White House initiative. Smaller size masks may be available for children in the near future. Find a list of participating pharmacies at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/retail-pharmacy-program/participating-pharmacies.html.
Free testing options through state and federally funded programs
Testing is an important tool to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community. Free COVID-19 testing is widely available and open to everyone in New Jersey, regardless of whether you have health insurance.
If you have difficulty accessing the internet or need help placing an order, you can call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489). Help is available in English, Spanish, and more than 150 other languages, 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. If you are deaf or hard-of-hearing, you can contact the hotline’s TTY service at 1-888-720-7489. The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL), https://acl.gov/DIAL, is also available to specifically help people with disabilities place their orders. To get help, call 1-888-677-1199, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., or email [email protected].
If you have questions about eligibility, the online ordering form, shipping, or delivery, you can contact the USPS Help Desk at 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777).
Accessing at-home rapid tests from the pharmacy
Details are available at www.cms.gov/how-to-get-your-at-home-OTC-COVID-19-test-for-free.
Additional information and resources
More information, resources, and legal updates related to COVID-19 are available at www.lsnjlaw.org/Health-Care/Coronavirus.
This information last reviewed: Mar 9, 2022