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COVID-19 Vaccine Update

We are offering the COVID-19 vaccine to those who meet the New Jersey Department of Health eligibility requirements.

If no appointments are currently available, we apologize for the inconvenience. Please continue to check back for updates to our appointment availability.

Check the eligibility criteria using the link below and, if you’re eligible, schedule your appointment online.

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The availability of vaccines to protect our community against coronavirus is an important step in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

With two vaccines on the market, hope is here.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, Moderna vaccine, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine have been approved and are now being administered to those who are eligible. Data shows that the vaccines are highly effective in protecting against COVID-19.

WATCH: Robert Brenner, MD, Valley’s President of Clinical Integration and Physician Enterprise, presents a review of the vaccination program in the state and notes that while Valley is equally dedicated to vaccinating the community at large, we are limited by the available supply of the vaccine.

How Do the Vaccines Work?

Like all vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without the body actually contracting the illness. Subsequently, antibodies and other immune reactions fight the virus should it enter the body.

Note: The COVID-19 vaccines DO NOT contain any live or dead virus material.

Vaccine Safety

We believe that the COVID-19 vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect you, your loved ones, and others against the virus. Due to the deadly toll associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the vaccines were fast-tracked to make them available as soon as possible. However, there were no shortcuts in the process for safety and efficacy.

So far, nationally reported side effects of the two vaccines include:

  • Injection site pain
  • Injection site swelling/redness
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Body aches

These side effects are actually a good sign – they indicate that the body is developing the hoped for immune response against the COVID-19 virus. All of the mentioned side effects are short term and dissipate within a few days.

Vaccine Distribution

New Jersey will be distributing the vaccine in three phases:

Phase 1: Limited Supply 

    a. Healthcare workers and nursing home residents and staff

    b. Frontline essential workers (police, firefighters, etc.) and those over the age of 75

    c. Additional essential workers, those with underlying medical conditions, and those above the age of 65

Phase 2: Larger Amount of Doses

    a. Continuing vaccination of Phase 1 persons

    b. Slowly increasing availability to other groups

Phase 3: Rolling Supply for the Remainder of the Population

The CDC has recently issued new information regarding those who have been full vaccinated. According to the CDC, if you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
    • However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.

Regardless of this information, it is very important to continue to adhere to proper safety guidelines when in public and other recommended settings. This includes:

  • Wearing a mask
  • Keeping at least 6ft away from others
  • Avoiding crowds and gatherings
  • Following CDC travel restrictions and quarantine guidelines

Learn more about the CDCs recommendations for those who are vaccinated.

More COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

For the most up to date and accurate information regarding COVID-19 and the vaccine, follow the links below:

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 

Facts About COVID-19 Vaccines (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)