COVID-19 Vaccine Update
On January 13, Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey residents 65 and older – and anyone ages 16 to 64 with specific chronic medical conditions (listed below) – will be eligible starting Jan 14 to get a COVID-19 vaccination. As of now, registrations are only taking place online.
We understand there is a lot of confusion over how – and when – to register, so the Mayor, Town Council Members, Town Administrator, Town Hall employees, and Office of Emergency Management are working together with town seniors and others to put a system into place to help register our seniors for their vaccinations if they are not able to register online.
Vaccine availability is currently VERY LIMITED. Eligibiliyt is limited to specific categories of NJ residents based on age and medical conditions. Eligible residents are strongly encouraged to pursue all available options to be vaccinated as soon as possible.
How to Register, if you are eligible:
- Eligible Union County residents MUST REGISTER on the Union County vaccination site at ucnjvaccine.org. They should not register at the state site. As of this post, the state site is not yet connected to the County site.
- If you have access to a computer and are currently eligible to be vaccinated, you must register online.
- Once you access the vaccination site, you will be asked to choose a date and time, then must fill out information such as name, birthdate, address and gender.
- Vaccinations are taking place at the Union County COVID testing center at Kean University, Monday through Friday, 3-7 pm.
- Eligible residents are urged to CONTACT THEIR DOCTORS to pursue private access to COVID-19 vaccinations, if that is an option.
Registration & Eligibility Information as of January 13:
Special Registration for Summit Medical Group Patients
Be advised that beginning January 18, that Summit Medical Group will begin COVID-19 vaccinations for the following SMG patients:
- Patients 65 or older
- Patients 18-64 with one or more of the following conditions:
- chronic kidney disease
- Down Syndrome
- Heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 Diabetes
Residents who are SMG patients can call (908) 739-3200. Advise them who your Doctor is and that you meet the criteria as mandated by the Governor.
Help for those without a computer or Internet access:
Here is what the Township is doing, or in the process of doing, for our older seniors who do not have a computer or access to the Internet:
- Our Office of Emergency Management Coordinator or Deputy will drop off registration forms at Park Edge for residents who do not have computer access to fill out. OEM will collect those forms a few days later (to be coordinated with Park Edge representatives).
- Volunteers will take those forms and register those seniors online, then contact those seniors with their vaccination date and time.
- We are exploring setting up a vaccine hotline at Town Hall where residents who cannot register online can leave their information, and be registered in the County system by volunteers.
- We are exploring ways to help seniors get to the vaccination site at Kean – whether that be by use of the senior bus or other means.
Please know that we are working round the clock to get more information as it comes out, and to put a system into place to get our community’s most vulnerable vaccinated as soon as we can. Thank you and we will issue more information as we get it.